[OpenIndiana-discuss] Radeon HD 3870 Best Practices?

ken mays maybird1776 at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 2 16:13:41 UTC 2010

You have to add certain cards PCI IDs to the drivers or just setup Xorg.conf. My radeon test system picks up the driver, but I know certain cards need manual entry.
Once it is up and running, it works OK (better than my older Intel GMA setup for the most part). 
~ Ken Mays

--- On Sat, 10/2/10, Lou Picciano <loupicciano at comcast.net> wrote:

From: Lou Picciano <loupicciano at comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] Radeon HD 3870 Best Practices?
To: "Discussion list for OpenIndiana" <openindiana-discuss at openindiana.org>
Cc: "ken mays" <maybird1776 at yahoo.com>
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9:49 AM

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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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