FreeBSD & X problem please help.

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managed to install FreeBSD with any problems as far as i know...but when i start it at the end of all the "flurry of messages" i get

ad0: UDMA ICRC error cmd=read fsbn 8470910 of 4235455-4235582
falling back to PIO mode
calcru: negative time of -blabla bla (different nr's each time) usec for pid (then a 3 digit nr also different each time) (and then it says in paranthesis) (idconfig)

i keep getting these calcru messages all thru out when i'm on and it says different nrs and differnt things at the end like (cron) and (sh) and (mv)
it just pops up ever so often. what is it and what does it mean. and what should i do?

i'm also having problems with has installed fine (i think...!?) but i don't think i have configured it correctly... i get

fatal server error:
AddScreen/ScreenInit failed for driver 0

(then it just says about reporting stuff etc and then i get;)

X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown) .
xauth: creating new authority file /home/hens/ .Xauthority
xauth: (argv):1: bad display name ":0" in "remove" command
xauth: (argv):1: bad display name ":0" in "remove" command
calcru: negative time of -666292 usec for pid 493 (xauth)

i am completely new to any unix based OS apart from OSX before so please explain in fairly simple terms lol!

thanx / Henny

ps; oh yeah i also tried to look in /var/log/XFree86.0.log as i thought maybe that would be of some use...but it says permission denied! even when i am looged on as root. why!?
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hmmm also ran

XFree86 -xf86config /root/

but mouse didn't work so i thought ok go and re-configure.. ran


but got permission denied even though i am in root. why is this happening? :(

btw os is FreeBSD 5.0

thanx for any help xxx
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You need to do chmod +x /root/, but you dont want to do that Q=)

Its a video card problem. What type of card ?
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The calcru error can be caused by various hardware and/or software ailments relating to interrupts. It may be due to bugs but can also happen by nature of certain devices. Running TCP/IP over the parallel port using a large MTU is one good way to provoke this problem. Graphics accelleratorscan also get you here, in which case you should check the interrupt setting of the card first.
Try running;
sysctl -w kern.timecounter.method=1

As for the x error, the problem does seem ot be with configuration. Either the card is wrong and/or the screen config is improperly set for the card's capability. A good idea is to set it up with a lower resolution to make sure it functions, then set it higher. There's also several ways to configure X, from a graphical config, to the cli. (Though with the latter, you really need to know the params of your card.)
That's of course, more a function of XF86 than FBSD.
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Your hard drive transfer is slowing down to PIO mode via a FSBN read error, which is caused by a bad or erroring drive, or an improper/failing cable on your IDE bus.

I personally would not recommend running Free 5 unless it has a feature your system seriously depends on. Check out the 4.10 ISO that came out recently. :)

But to each his own ......

As far as your XFree86 problems, I usually run the GUI config script:


as it probes all of your devices and drivers, and finds the proper one eliminating the guesswork.

Hope that helps, and good luck :D

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