Radeon DRM

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at gmail.com
Fri Mar 5 11:04:20 PST 2010

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 3:24 AM, Andrew Benton <b3nton at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 radeon
>> 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 to
>> 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 it 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 setting. 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

Does it hang, or do you just get a blank screen? If you're using
kernel modesetting (KMS), fbcon needs to be loaded to get the console
up. Most of the distros are just building it into the kernel so it
doesn't have to be modprobe'd. I think it's


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