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[Xen-users] ATI Catalyst BSOD

  • To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Casey DeLorme <cdelorme@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:53:32 -0400
  • Delivery-date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:55:01 +0000
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xen.org>

Still trying to get Windows 7 x64 and VGA Passthrough functional.

After plenty of testing with an nVidia GTX 460, including both patched and non-patched versions, the furthest I came was a basic install which recognized the card by it's name, allowed drivers to install, but won't activate with a Code 43 in Device Manager.

At the recommendation of many, I purchased an AMD ATI Radeon HD 6870.

My Dom0 is Debian, I have tried both Squeeze and Wheezy, a compiled 4.1.2 and 4.2, as well as a pre-packaged (aptitude) 4.1.2 and 4.0 (on squeeze).

In all cases, Windows 7 x64 installed, I could pass the card to the HVM, and it would install default Windows drivers that would give then pass graphics to the physically connected monitor (by means of DVI out).

This also means my VNC display goes blank after booting (which is fine as an end result).

However, upon attempting to install the ATY Catalyst Drivers, I get a BSOD which claims atikmpag.sys file is the cause, but I have no further information.

I have tried from version 9.12 up to the latest 12.2, the results are the same.

Has anyone else encountered this, if so how did you resolve it?

If you have not encountered this, can you send me the list of steps you took to setup and install your system?

I can't seem to find a guide that starts at "Setting up Dom0" to "Installing VGA Drivers in HVM".

I would greatly appreciate some guidance.


~Casey DeLorme

Additionally, I have not been successful with the module pciback, I had to custom compile the linux kernel for it to function right.  I was told Debian Squeeze had this "built-in", but the net install version 6.04 kernel flag is set to "m" not "y".

In any event, if anyone has additional tips on pciback as a module, and specific controls (such as how to undo a hidden device) that would be super helpful.  So far everytime I hide a device, even if I remove the grub command the device is no longer accessible from Dom0, this has created problems as I can't seem to re-attach devices to Dom0.
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