Radeon DRM

Duncan Baynes duncan.baynes at operand.com.au
Fri Mar 5 03:33:35 PST 2010

On Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:24:29 +0000, Andrew Benton <b3nton at gmail.com>
> On 05/03/10 09:38, Duncan Baynes wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Just built a 64bit lfs 6.6, everything went smoothly, excellent work as
>> always!
>> I've been playing around with the 2.6.33 kernel including the new
>> driver.
>> The results are pretty awesome. I now have a high resolution console
>> that is a pleasure to use.  I was thinking it might be a nice feature
>> add as an option... probably as a hint.
>> The basic path is as follows:
>> 1) compile the 2.6.33 kernel with firmware support, initramfs and the
>> radeon driver enabled
>> 2) create an initrd image for the kernel (there is a hint for this
>> already)
>> 3) decompress initrd image, mount it and insert the firmware bin for
>> your card
> You don't need to use and initrd, you can compile the firmware into the
> kernel. If
> it's firmware that comes with the kernel use the option
> And if you want to use firmware that doesn't come with the kernel, copy
> into the
> firmware folder in the kernel source and use the option
> CONFIG_EXTRA_FIRMWARE="<name-of-firmware>"
> My system hangs early in the boot process if I enable kernel mode
> From the
> kernel's help page
>  > This code support the following hardware : R1XX,R2XX,R3XX,R4XX,R5XX
>  > (radeon up to X1950). Works is underway to provide support for R6XX,
>  > R7XX and newer hardware (radeon from HD2XXX to HD4XXX).
> I live in hope

I couldn't get the kernel to find the firmware so early in the boot
sequence without using initrd, however I'll have another run at getting it
working sans initrd if you think that will work.

Does your system boot if you leave it for about 60 seconds?  

I'm using an ATI 4890 without issue ... so far

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