Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 119267
kernel 2.4.22-2174nptl breaks Dell inspiron 1100 Xserver
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:39 EST
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Description of problem:
After upgrading to the 2.4.22-2174nptl kernel, on a Dell Inspiron
1100, the X server stops working. When booting, I can see the cursor
for a few moments, then the screen goes black. When the machine has
finshed booting, I get some coloured lines in the upper left corner of
the display, but nothing relevant is drawn.
When I boot the same computer with the original 2.4.22-2115ntpl
kernel, the X server works flawlessly. ( so it's a regression)
The laptop is updated to the latest a29 BIOS, but the Fedora install
is completeley stock, from CD-s plus official upgrades.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install the 2.4.22-2174 kernel
2. Try to boot into graphical mode
Actual Results: Blanks screen with some colored lines
Expected Results: Normal graphical startup, then Login screen
The Ispirion 1100 is known to have problems with the video BIOS, but
version A29 supposedly fixes them.
Created attachment 98909 [details]
Success ful X server start with 2115 kernel
Created attachment 98910 [details]
Unsuccessfule X server startup with new kernel
I have noticed some additional things
1. The problem does not surface when warm-booting after the 2115
kernel, only when cold-booting to 2174.
2. I have installed this package to work around the
I had to turn off rhgb, as the machine froze during booting with it,
but with rhgb off, and the above patch, the system seems to work
reliably with the 2174 kernel.
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem
The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases,
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/