Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 138713
Installer shows blank screen in text AND GUI mode
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:54 EST
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Description of problem:
On install, Linux loads, lots of stuff goes scrolling by. If you
look carefully you can see something like "vesa probe failed: error(-
6)". Loading completes, and the screen blanks, but nothing else
happens. Nothing is displayed onscreen in either text or GUI mode.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Download Fedora Core 3 final release DVD image, burn to DVD
2. Insert DVD, reboot computer
3. Load installer with boot:linux, boot:linux text
Actual Results: Installer loads, comes up with blank screen
Expected Results: Installer should have came on screen in either
text or GUI mode
Acer Ferrari 3200 laptop computer
Video card is an ATI Radeon Mobility 9700.
Processor is an Athlon 64 Mobile 2800+.
512 MB 333 DDR ram
80 GB hard drive
Does booting with 'linux nofb' help?
boot:linux video=vesafb:nomtrr vga=0x317
Installer came up perfectly and the installed kernel worked perfectly.
I don't understand - why is this 'WORKSFORME' ? Working only on specification of
some obscure option doesn't seem like WFM.
Well, in the install notes for Fedora Core 3 and 4, it mentions the "linux nofb"
option, which works (and is a whole lot easier to type than that other mess i
came up with). It's something peculiar to laptop displays I think, because I've
never had it occur on any of the desktop machines I've used linux on. Also it's
something relatively recent, because Fedora Core 2 didn't do this.
I'm not very familiar with Bugzilla, and if I remember right, it defaulted to
WORKSFORME. Should I change it?
WORKSFORME is reasonable -- we're looking at removing the vga16fb stuff for FC5
which would make thsi problem go away