[OpenIndiana-discuss] Radeon HD 3870 Best Practices?

Lou Picciano loupicciano at comcast.net
Sat Oct 2 13:49:48 UTC 2010


By way of followup on this Radeon HD 3870 auto-detection question: 

Am trying yet another fresh install - of oi-dev-147. The Device Driver Utility identifies the card, but assigns driver vgatext: 
subsystem-vendor-id: 1002 
subsystem-id: 2542 
vendor-id: 1002 
device-id: 9501 

(do these ids correctly match the 'known suspects' list?) 

Once we get OI installed, yes; I'll move on to a custom Xorg.conf file. But above may help the autodetection in the installers? 

Thanks again, Lou 

Subject: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] Radeon HD 3870 Best Practices? 

Hi Lou, 

I prefer the "radeon" driver which should be autodetected for your card. 
I tested this with my current radeon cards and it works fine (but let me know on your specific card how things go). 

Best to create a Xorg.conf file for advanced settings and custom monitor resolutions/dual & triple-head monitors. 

~ Ken Mays 

--- On Fri, 10/1/10, Lou Picciano <loupicciano at comcast.net> wrote: 

> From: Lou Picciano <loupicciano at comcast.net> 
> Subject: [OpenIndiana-discuss] Radeon HD 3870 Best Practices? 
> To: "Discussion OpenIndiana" <openindiana-discuss at openindiana.org> 
> Date: Friday, October 1, 2010, 1:07 PM 
> OpenIndiana Friends, 
> Am trying to do a new install of oi-dev-147 on a machine 
> with a Radeon HD 3870: So far, am using the VESA install, 
> and we do get to the GUI desktop install environment. The 
> Device Driver Utility correctly identifies the card. From 
> this point, is there a preferred driver or package available 
> which we can install? Or, what's the correct one for later? 
> Alternatively, as this drive already has a 'raw' oi-dev-147 
> install on it, can I boot into the console using that 
> existing install, then tweak my Xorg.conf and drivers from 
> there? - OI does not have a 'safe mode', as I recall. 
> What would the 'Best Practices' approach be? 
> Don't know if this card represents an 'edge case', relevant 
> bits are here: 
> It is a (Diamond Viper) Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 PCIe. 
> Model: ML30 3870PE4512SB 
> Tks. Lou 
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