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ATI M22 mobility radeon x300 and external monitors

26 Oct 2009

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The Radeon X300 seems to have ’two crtc’ interfaces only. And one is always used when the LVDS (laptop builtin display) is enabled (in use). So one is left. Since i use DVI-0 on one workplace and VGA-0 on the other i usually was forced to reset X to make things work, since i wasn’t aware of the resource limitation. The error which came up was:

% xrandr --auto --output VGA-0 --mode 1024x768
xrandr: cannot find crtc for output VGA-0

The solution is easy. Just disable (in this case) DVI-0 output. Next enable VGA-0 output again.

% xrandr --output DVI-0 --off
% xrandr --auto --output VGA-0 --mode 1280x1024 --right-of LVDS

Usability wise this problem is a result of a missing resource counter (maybe it exists) but still the interface ‘xrandr’ was not very helpful in diagnosing the issue. I would have expected an error message as:

xrandr: no free crct for output VGA-0 left. you can only enable two devices at a time, maybe disable one to enable the other.

lspci shows:

# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile **915GM**/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc **M22** [Mobility Radeon **X300**]
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile **915GM/PM** Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)

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