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|Summary:||radeonhd: Laptop panel backlight control broken|
|Component:||xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd||Assignee:||Hans Ulrich Niedermann <rhbugs>|
|Status:||CLOSED RAWHIDE||QA Contact:||Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>|
|Version:||8||CC:||ajax, gnomeuser, katzj, rhbugs, triage|
|Fixed In Version:||xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd-1.1.0-0.9.20080404git||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
|Doc Text:||Story Points:||---|
|Last Closed:||2008-04-09 11:52:34 EDT||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
Description cje 2007-10-24 11:35:10 EDT
Description of problem: backlight controls (Fn keys, gnome panel applet, 'dim on idle') no longer work. they were working okay one or two kernel versions ago. however, this first showed up when the screen was dim - and it appears that rebooting the system restores full brightness. and since you can only update the kernel with a reboot ... it can't be the kernel update that caused the problem. damn. any ideas? Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): kernel-22.214.171.124-30.fc8.x86_64 on a Thinkpad Z61m
Comment 1 cje 2007-10-25 07:56:04 EDT
latest weirdness: yesterday the backlight was stuck on dim. then a reboot got it stuck on bright. at that point unplugging the AC worked fine (well, the display didn't go dim but at least the laptop stayed on, running off batteries) and shutting the lid correctly suspended to ram. today, (after resume from suspend) the display was still stuck on bright but unplugging the AC made the system suspend immediately despite the batteries being fully charged. now i've rebooted and the display is stuck on dim! but unplugging AC doesn't suspend the laptop anymore.
Comment 2 David Nielsen 2007-10-30 02:01:56 EDT
Can you go back and check what kernel was the last that worked, koji.fedoraproject.org/koji should have the goods. That would aid greatly in spotting the cause.
Comment 3 John W. Linville 2007-10-30 09:16:26 EDT
This doesn't really sound like my area of expertise. It seems more like an ACPI issue (or a busted laptop). I'm assigning this back to kernel-maint so it is more likely that the "right" person sees it...
Comment 4 John W. Linville 2007-10-30 09:19:09 EDT
This seems suspicious: * Mon Oct 15 2007 Jeremy Katz <firstname.lastname@example.org> - fix thinkpad key events for volume/brightness So, my bet is that these kernels (126.96.36.199-11.fc8) work: http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/buildinfo?buildID=21078 And these (188.8.131.52-16.fc8) fail: http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/buildinfo?buildID=21169 Can you confirm?
Comment 5 cje 2007-10-30 09:25:22 EDT
okay. many thanks for the koji tip. i've always wondered what koji is and i've always wondered how i can get hold of old builds. :-D i also realised i was running 32bit so i've just done a reinstall and i'm yum updating now. at the moment it's running 2.6.23-0.214.rc8.git2.fc8 and display dimming is working. (both 'dim when idle' and the planel applet) - i've not tried suspending. i'll try those kernels and update here shortly.
Comment 6 cje 2007-10-30 09:40:15 EDT
hmm. pretty certain i was running 32 bit anyway - i don't think i had a 64 bit install image anywhere until today. so i can only assume i wrote x86_64 in the original description by mistake. sorry about that.
Comment 7 cje 2007-10-30 09:57:16 EDT
news, as it happens.... running 184.108.40.206-11.fc8 and it's still working. saw an equally suspicious comment in the changelog for xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd which i had been using and which has now been removed from F8: - Trade in ThinkPad backlight key fix for non-broken mode on lid event. hmm. still checking...
Comment 8 cje 2007-10-30 10:00:47 EDT
and another little piece - at least up to 220.127.116.11-11.fc8 the 'dim when idle' and the panel applet are working perfectly (using vesa driver) but the Fn keys for brightness do go a bit wrong: 'brightness down' sets brightness to 0 'brightness up' toggles between 1 and 2 with the on-screen display appearing to toggle between 1 and 0.
Comment 9 David Nielsen 2007-10-30 10:11:47 EDT
Doh, sorry John, I'll be more careful when editing 2 bug reports at the same time, you were supposed to have reassigned for a wifi problem I was helping a user with. Now I wonder who I assigned that to.. oh brother.
Comment 10 cje 2007-10-30 11:24:49 EDT
tried a few kernels and now i'm back to 2.6.23-1-30.fc8 and it's still working okay (apart from the Fn key weirdness) with the vesa driver so it looks like it's either: a) a problem with radeonhd or b) an x86 vs x86_64 issue or c) some other strangeness. i'm betting on a. i'm doing a full yum update (so it'll be a while) and if it's still working i'll try each of the two versions of radeonhd that are in koji.
Comment 11 cje 2007-10-30 12:47:55 EDT
updated kernel to 18.104.22.168-37.fc8 and it's still fine. (tried xorg-x11-drv-ati - X doesn't start) tried xorg-x11-drv-avivo - 1680x1050 recognised (which is one reason i was using radeonhd in the first place) and brightness still working. tried radeonhd 0.0.1 and it's still fine. tried radeonhd 0.0.2 and it's broken. reassigning to radeonhd.
Comment 12 cje 2007-10-30 12:49:31 EDT
oh, and the move from kernel-22.214.171.124-30 to 126.96.36.199-37 fixed the Fn key brokenness too :-D
Comment 13 Matěj Cepl 2007-10-31 05:09:31 EDT
Reporter, this is your hubmle desktop bugmaster, could you please explain what is the current state of the problem and why do you think it should be X driver issue?
Comment 14 cje 2007-10-31 09:47:54 EDT
dear humble desktop bugmaster, is that an automatic message? the current status and reasons for it being an X driver issue are in comment #11 to repeat: using xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd-0.0.1-0.6.20071015git.fc8 the backlight controls work fine. using xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd-0.0.2-0.7.20071017git.fc8 the backlight controls do not work.
Comment 15 Hans Ulrich Niedermann 2007-11-21 09:40:16 EST
In the beginning, xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd had the VGA BIOS mapped, so the BIOS could run its usual handlers. However, that caused problems in some ways, so it was deactivated. Since then, when running with radeonhd, the brightness keys do not work. The workaround is to switch to a VGA text console, adapt the brightness there, and switch back to the X11 console. Both the bug and the workaround are listed under KNOWN BUGS in the radeonhd(4) man page.
Comment 16 Hans Ulrich Niedermann 2007-11-21 10:26:52 EST
BTW, I am running a ThinkPad T60 here, and suspend/resume works fine (using "/usr/sbin/pm-suspend --quirk-s3-bios --quirk-s3-mode"). For now, trading in the brightness setting workaround for working suspend/resume is worthwile, I guess. Upstream is aware of the issue.
Comment 17 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 10:15:57 EDT
Based on the date this bug was created, it appears to have been reported during the development of Fedora 8. In order to refocus our efforts as a project we are changing the version of this bug to '8'. If this bug still exists in rawhide, please change the version back to rawhide. (If you're unable to change the bug's version, add a comment to the bug and someone will change it for you.) Thanks for your help and we apologize for the interruption. The process we're following is outlined here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/F9CleanUp We will be following the process here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/HouseKeeping to ensure this doesn't happen again.
Comment 18 Hans Ulrich Niedermann 2008-04-08 12:06:53 EDT
I am running rawhide with xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd-1.1.0-0.7.20080404git.fc9.i686 now, and I can change my panel backlight brightness with the brightness keys. However, I'll have to investigate first whether there is some Gnome brightness applet magic happening here or whether the driver has been changed.
Comment 19 Hans Ulrich Niedermann 2008-04-09 11:52:34 EDT
Should be fixed in xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd-1.1.0-0.9.20080404git in rawhide and F-8 (in updates-testing soon, updates a little later).
Comment 20 Fedora Update System 2008-04-09 12:03:10 EDT
xorg-x11-drv-radeonhd-1.1.0-0.9.20080404git.fc8 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 8