Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 131813
gui install hangs trying to start X11
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:48 EST
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Description of problem:
Default graphical install (CD-ROM boot: <Enter>) hangs when the
installer tries to start X11. The screen becomes totally black except
for the blinking text cursor at top left corner. There is no response
to PS/2 keyboard, including <Alt>Fn, <Ctrl><Alt>Fn, and
<Ctrl><Alt><Del>; hardware reset is required.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from CD-ROM FC3-re0903.0-i386-disc1-ftp
2. Type <Enter> for default graphical install.
3. Accept default language, etc. from text menus.
Actual Results: Hang with blank screen (except blinking text cursor)
upon trying to start X11.
Expected Results: Graphical welcome and install.
Video card is ATI Rage 128 Pro Ultra. Monitor is Sony Multiscan 15sf,
which has no DDC, so it looks like Unprobed Monitor. Monitor handles
Mediacheck said FAIL, _but_ checking by hand with
cmp /dev/hdc FC3-re0903.0-i386-disc1-ftp
showed that the error was in block 1302152, which is exactly 32768
bytes from the end of the file (1302152 * 512 = 666701824; file is
666734592.) I believe that the CD-ROM is OK at least through stage2.
Text install from same CD-ROM[s] succeeds.
The same is true for me for nfs installs: reproduced
on two boxes with different video chips.
Same problem for me using nfs install.
is the version in FC3-re0903.0-i386-disc3-rtp.iso/Fedora/RPMS .
Can you get some error logs from X trying to start off of vt2/3/4? Or
is the system completely hung?
The system is completely hung. There is no repsonse to <Alt>Fn,
<Ctrl><Alt>Fn, <Ctrl><Alt><DEL>, <Ctrl>C, or anything else on the PS/2
keyboard. The screen is completely black, except for the blinking
text cursor in the upper left corner.
Does X work post-install? Does booting with 'linux nofb' help?
Yep, X works fine post-install.
Installing with "linux nofb" doesn't make any difference for me.
I also had a lockup trying to install via the graphics installer. I
was able to install via text.
When attempting the GUI install, X starts to shift the monitor to
graphics mode, but the computer cannot be rebooted or switched to a
virtual terminal. A hard reset is all that can be commited to exit the
X is broken in my case with the post installation. If the vesa driver
is used during installation, this might not come into play for the
i810 driver problem.
Re-trying several times to install when boot: <Enter> from physical
CD-ROM on Athlon i686 box, always hangs when anaconda tries to start X11.
<Alt>F1 [default screen with anaconda msgs]: totally black
<Alt>F2 [shell prompt]: totally black
<Alt>F3 ["Running anaconda script ..." and raw DDC probe info]:
<Alt>F4 ["using algorithm sse1x2"]: totally black
<Alt>F5 always has same contents as <Alt>F1.
where "totally black" means that even the text cursor has disappeared.
Console was switched just after the "Skip mediacheck" dialog, because
the "hang" leaves the system totally unresponsive to keyboard.
Pushing the hardware reset button is required to recover.
Are the keyboard LEDs flashing at the point of the hang? Does sysrq
give anything (alt-sysrq-b would reboot if so, it's a quick test).
(Trying on a box here in parallel)
Never mind, I see what this is. The new names of the xorg font
packages made it so there aren't fonts in stage2 which makes things a
Fixed in CVS
*** Bug 131951 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 132053 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Ok, it no longer hangs :) however now I see a fatal X error:
1...2...3...4...5.... X server started successfully.
XIO: fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":1.0"
after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
install exited abnormally
you may safely reboot your system
Ok on my other box it is fine, so my comment 16 must be an X issue
with Radeon support I suppose.
Having and i810 graphics controller, X hung still during an upgrade
attempted via GUI. I tried ctl-sysreq-r and ctl-sysreq-b but did not
try alt-sysreq-b to escape. (bad memory, user) I did not remember the
breakout command correctly. However, trying to ctl-alt-Fx to any tty
failed to function. I had to hard reset the computer to recover from
the locked X.
Installing via text mode worked fine. X worked without any adjustments
needed. I did have a refresh problem with earlier CVS versions.