Bugs found so far in XFree86/OS2 3.3.5
Last updated 17 November 1999
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Note: If possible, I will provide fixes as fast as possible on this page.
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Generally, please ensure, that you have NO HARDWARE CONFLICTS, and that your
system runs stable in general. Flaky hardware and improper OS/2 configuration
may hide various effects or cause problems that wouldn't be there otherwise.
Don't expect that XFree86/OS2 can turn an instable OS/2 into a stable one.
List of recent files
The following is the list of recent file dates and sizes from the main
archive at ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/3.3.3/binaries/OS2. If your archives
or files differ from that, you have old versions (likely from some other
archive). Obtain the recent files!
Bug descriptions for older releases
The following link(s) refers to bugs known to be present in older releases.
Note that once there is a new release, we won't give support for
older versions any longer, unless the bug is still present - it is mainly
of problem of man power. Please upgrade to the most recent version.
Please get the following fixes, and apply them after the system is installed.
Trap of xf86sup.sys in Aurora on shutdown and access to PTYs
Finally, I think, I have found the problem with Aurora. It appears to
be a real incompatibilty between Aurora and Warp3/4 kernels. Get the follwoing
and install it in the XFree86/lib directory.
Warning: The archives may still have an outdated version of the driver.
The archives at borneo.gmd.de are fixed.
Error Message: "readBIOS failed....rc=87" in log.
This bug was introduced in 3.3.5 by some incompatible change of the
corresponding OS interface. This hasn't been found since the cards used for
testing didn't need this readBIOS function at all, unfortunately. The bug
will be corrected hopefully in 3.3.6.
Annoying, but harmless, likely to be fixed in the next version, use workaround
for now, if available.
May appear with XFree86 on other platforms as well, no idea when this will
be fixed. These problems are usually repeated on each bug page until
there is a final solution.
- There exists a general hardware conflict between certain
S3 or Mach32/64 based cards and COM4 (port address 0x2e8)
- This is a deficiency of these chip sets, unfortunately. If this happens,
the only workaround known is to disable the COM4 port, or switch it to a
base address other than 0x2e8.
- Superprobe misdetects the videocard.
- Double check that you really have the hardware which was sold to you
We have found one case where Superprobe was right, and the dealer was lying.
If you are right, this turned out to be almost always a problem with
Superprobe, not with OS/2 or XFree86/OS2. Please send the output of Superprobe
from now on directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with a detailed
description of what this card really is.
Things that are not a bug
(but candidates for the FAQ...)
None known yet, but actually, look at the FAQ.
Mistakes in the documentation
None known yet.
Inaccuracies or omissions from the XFree86 docs
None known yet.
Useful hints and tricks
The following are not bugs, but comments and hints, partly from other people.
Added here without warranty.
None reported yet. See also offical XFree86 FAQ.
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