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|Summary:||installer hangs when probing sis 650 video card|
|Product:||[Fedora] Fedora||Reporter:||Mark Pinto <markybob>|
|Component:||XFree86||Assignee:||X/OpenGL Maintenance List <xgl-maint>|
|Status:||CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE||QA Contact:||David Lawrence <dkl>|
|Version:||1||CC:||bfox, katzj, msf, notting|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
|Doc Text:||Story Points:||---|
|Last Closed:||2004-10-01 02:14:33 EDT||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
Description Mark Pinto 2003-08-20 12:04:08 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper: User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.5b) Gecko/20030816 Mozilla Firebird/0.6.1+ Description of problem: i've recently bought a laptop, compaq presario 3017cl. it comes with Win XP, so obviously i felt the need to install linux on it right away. unfortunately, redhat doesnt seem to like my video card. when doing a graphical install, everything works fine to the "checking media" section. after that, the installer probes my video card and correctly detects my sis 650 (it's actually an M650..dont know if that matters). however, as soon as that happens, my screen goes completely black. ctrl+alt+f2 sends me to the console, but even then only the top 1/7th or so of my screen actually works. the rest is black. it's weird, annoying, and i dont like it let me know if you need any more information or have any suggestions. and yes, i'm sure i probably could do a text install, but this isnt a server so i truly want a GUI on it. Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): How reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Load up graphical installer 2. Wait 'til after the testing media section 3. Actual Results: Froze when probing video card Expected Results: Continued on in graphical install mode Additional info:
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-08-20 17:34:00 EDT
If you install in text mode, and boot to a text console, and then run 'kudzu -p -b ddc', does it behave similarly?
Comment 2 Mark Pinto 2003-08-21 19:01:45 EDT
it should be noted that when the cdrom boots and i'm presented with options to boot into the installer, the redhat logo on top is completely garbled. also, once i load into "linux text", my entire screen becomes fuzzy and unpredictable. i'm afraid to go forward with the entire text install because i dont know whatever's causing the 'fuzziness' could damage my monitor if it continues for a period of time. suggestions?
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2003-08-21 20:44:48 EDT
What happens if you boot with 'linux text nofb'?
Comment 4 Mark Pinto 2003-08-21 21:27:58 EDT
"linux text nofb" worked perfectly and allowed me to do a minimal install. then i did kudzu -p -b ddc, which worked fine, but there was one oddity. for driver it listed "unknown". class: video bus: ddc detached: 0 driver: unknown dec: "silicon integrated systems corp 6325 mem: 65472
Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2003-08-21 21:30:38 EDT
Does setting XFree86 up post-install work?
Comment 6 Mark Pinto 2003-08-21 21:37:40 EDT
dont know yet. i was only able to do a minimal install because i lost cd2. i'm downloading that right now, so i should be able to post results shortly.
Comment 7 Mark Pinto 2003-08-22 12:56:30 EDT
i downloaded severn's other cds and did the 'personal desktop' install using "linux text nofb". installation went fine. once rebooted, everything worked until gdm loaded up. as soon as that happens, my screen goes completely black. ctrl+alt+f2 sends me to the console, but even then only the top 1/7th or so of my screen actually works.
Comment 8 Bill Nottingham 2003-08-22 13:05:00 EDT
OK, so this is an XFree86 problem on your graphics chipset.
Comment 9 Mark Pinto 2003-08-22 16:52:03 EDT
http://www.xfree86.org/current/sis.4.html according to this, my card is supported under 4.3.0, but not 4.2.1. which does severn use? also, this seems to explain the same problem i've been having. http://email@example.com/msg07345.html
Comment 10 Bill Nottingham 2003-08-22 16:58:02 EDT
Severn uses 4.3.0.
Comment 11 Mike A. Harris 2003-08-24 04:42:27 EDT
The PCI ID of the SiS 650, as listed in our PCI table, is: 0x1039 0x6325 "Card:SiS 650" "Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]|SiS650/651/M650/740 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter" This chip ID is for all of the models listed in the entry above. The config tool's Cards database has the following entry for this card. NAME SiS 650 CHIPSET SiS650 DRIVER sis NOCLOCKPROBE This entry is correct. It seems that the sis driver may be buggy for this chip. In order to troubleshoot the problem, I will need you to backup your current working configuration, disable the framebuffer, and rerun "redhat-config-xfree86 --reconfig" to change the configuration to use the automatically detected sis driver. Please try starting XFree86 after this, and if it fails, as it should according to your report, please make a backup copy of the /var/log/XFree86* files, and your /etc/X11/XF86Config* files. Reconfigure your machine with the known working configuration, and then attach the requested files individually to the bug report using bugzilla's file attachment feature. I'll try to troubleshoot the problem once you've attached these files. Thanks.
Comment 12 Mark Pinto 2003-08-24 18:58:42 EDT
i dont understand which "known working configuration" you're talking about. there is none that i'm aware of. i've tried twaeking XF86Config manually but havent had any luck.
Comment 13 Mike A. Harris 2003-08-24 21:01:01 EDT
I misunderstood that you used the linux framebuffer as an alternative. Just ignore that part then, and run the reconfigure line and provide the info I requested above. thanks.
Comment 14 Mark Pinto 2003-08-25 23:38:19 EDT
Created attachment 93921 [details] original made during install
Comment 15 Mark Pinto 2003-08-25 23:39:04 EDT
Created attachment 93922 [details] made by redhat-config-xfree86 --reconfig (yes, it's different than the one made during install)
Comment 17 Mark Pinto 2003-08-25 23:40:25 EDT
redhat-config-xfree86 --reconfig caused the same problems as mentioned before. i've attached the config files and log
Comment 18 Mike A. Harris 2003-08-26 08:47:58 EDT
Section "Device" Identifier "Videocard0" Driver "svga" VendorName "Videocard vendor" BoardName "SiS 650" EndSection That was from the installer? If so, it is totally invalid as there is no such driver as "svga". Section "Device" Identifier "Videocard0" Driver "sis" VendorName "Videocard vendor" BoardName "SiS 650" EndSection That one is correct, from redhat-config-xfree86
Comment 19 Mike A. Harris 2003-08-26 08:59:01 EDT
msf/brent/jeremy: Any of you guys know where "svga" would be coming from as an invalid driver? It's not in the hardware database, I just checked. Aside from that though, this is failing while using the sis driver, which is the correct driver. I do not have sis hardware or specifications unfortunately, so I can't personally debug this problem as direct physical hardware access is required. Please report this problem upstream to XFree86.org at http://bugs.xfree86.org so that the SiS driver maintainer can investigate this issue. He has access to SiS hardware and specifications so he's more likely to be able to resolve the problem. Once you've reported the problem upstream, please paste the URL to the upstream report here so that I can track the issue and possibly backport any fixes that are made.
Comment 21 Mark Pinto 2003-08-27 14:01:47 EDT
fixed in xfree86 cvs. hopefully redhat will update their sis driver before severn release?
Comment 22 Mike A. Harris 2003-08-28 03:47:56 EDT
It's way too late to completely update a video driver to a whole new driver version, as that would not allow time for proper beta test coverage to occur. If a single small specific fix is known and someone can either attach the fix as a unified diff patch to this bug report, then I can examine it for potential inclusion. Otherwise, I will need to know when it was fixed in CVS, such as the CVS checkin date of the bug fix. If I have that information, I can examine the CVS commit logs, and perhaps extract the specific bug fix. Updating the entire driver to a experimental CVS driver to fix one bug however has a very high risk of breaking more things than it fixes. I will scan through the cvs-commits mailing list and see if anything pops up. If not, I'll need someone else to provide me with a patch, or with the information I mention above that can help me to try and find the patch.
Comment 23 Mark Pinto 2003-08-28 12:46:41 EDT
http://www.winischhofer.net/linuxsisvga.shtml#download that's all i could find. that thomas' site, who's the maintainer for the sis driver. you can download the updated driver from there, if you dont wanna go through xfree86 cvs. not sure if there's a patch available
Comment 24 Mike A. Harris 2003-08-28 13:48:32 EDT
I'm familiar with Thomas' website, however as I mentioned above, I'm not willing to replace the entire existing sis driver with a completely new one with large number of changes in between the two versions of which there is high risk that there might be regression, and no way to properly test it. In order to fix this bug report, I need a very very very small patch which does not do anything else other than fix this one single issue. No driver enhancments, new support, and other stuff, just this one bug fix. I've got no way personally of knowing what the fix for this bug is, unless someone can supply me with a very small patch that fixes this one issue, or points me to where I can obtain it, etc. This illustrates one of the massive problems inherent in XFree86.org development process. It is often quite difficult to fix a few bugs without introducing a large amount of new sourcecode that is experimental and has not had widespread distribution beta testing.
Comment 25 Mike A. Harris 2004-10-01 02:14:33 EDT
Since this bugzilla report was filed, there have been several major updates to the X Window System, which may resolve this issue. Users who have experienced this problem are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Fedora Core, which can be obtained from: If this issue turns out to still be reproduceable in the latest version of Fedora Core, please file a bug report in the X.Org bugzilla located at http://bugs.freedesktop.org in the "xorg" component. Once you've filed your bug report to X.Org, if you paste the new bug URL here, Red Hat will continue to track the issue in the centralized X.Org bug tracker, and will review any bug fixes that become available for consideration in future updates.