Description of problem: Running on kernel 4.8.4 and all is ok. Updated to 4.8.7 kernel and desktop (KDE in this case) no longer appears. All I get is a blank screen. Details below. Kernel rev 4.8.8 has same problem
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 4.8.7 and 4.8.8
How reproducible: Happens every time
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Update to something newer than kernel 4.8.4
3. Attempt to bring up desktop
Actual results: For KDE desktop, blank screen. No Panel, no icons. Konsole window which starts upon desktop start is off screen.
Expected results: Complete desktop including panel, icons and initial konsole window.
System is a relatively new server with Intel Skylake i5-6400 with embedded graphics (no separate video card). I was running kernel 4.8.4 and all was fine. After updating to a the newer 4.8.7, I ran into issues upon starting the desktop. An even newer 4.8.8 exhibits the exact same behavior.
Upon rebooting after the update, I got the sddm login screen as
usual. I entered my name and password as usual. The KDE starting
splash screen appeared as usual.
After that is when the unusual happened. I got a blank screen. No
panels (I have one along the bottom), no icons, no initial konsole
window. Using Alt-Tab showed the konsole window but I could not bring
it to the current screen. The mouse was active. I noticed a faint
white line at the left edge. Clicking on it with my mouse and dragging
it to the right expanded what was my konsole window. Apparently it was
off screen to the left.
Reboot to the older 4.8.4 kernel and all was well again.
I've tried the following without success:
- Created new user with new and empty home directory to see if it might be anything in my home directly. Logged on as that user. Same issues.
- Removed the xorg-x11-drv-intel package so that X would use the modeset drivers (as suggested by someone on the fedora-kde list). Same issues.
I examined the changelog for the newest kernel and found this which might be related:
* Thu Oct 27 2016 Justin M. Forbes <email@example.com>
- CVE-2016-9083 CVE-2016-9084 vfio multiple flaws (rhbz 1389258 1389259 1389285)
- Skylake i915 fixes from 4.9
- Fix MS input devices identified as joysticks (rhbz 1325354)
* Mon Oct 24 2016 Justin M. Forbes <firstname.lastname@example.org> - 4.8.4-200
- Linux v4.8.4 rebase
Recall that all was well on kernel 4.8.4 and older.
The system uses the i915 drivers:
# lsmod | grep i915
i915 1302528 21
i2c_algo_bit 16384 1 i915
drm_kms_helper 151552 1 i915
drm 344064 11 i915,drm_kms_helper
video 40960 2 asus_wmi,i915
All other packages for Fedora 24 are up to date as of 3 days ago. Here is a lis tof the repositories used:
# dnf repolist
Last metadata expiration check: 0:19:03 ago on Wed Nov 23 08:08:17 2016.
repo id repo name status
*fedora Fedora 24 - x86_64 49,722
google-chrome google-chrome 3
google-musicmanager google-musicmanager 1
rpmfusion-free RPM Fusion for Fedora 24 - Free 352
rpmfusion-free-updates RPM Fusion for Fedora 24 - Free - Updates 362
rpmfusion-nonfree RPM Fusion for Fedora 24 - Nonfree 89
rpmfusion-nonfree-updates RPM Fusion for Fedora 24 - Nonfree - Updates 148
*updates Fedora 24 - x86_64 - Updates 12,635
Additional info and log files will be supplied upon request.
Apparently, kernels newer than 4.8.4 think my system has 2 monitors attached to it. It only has one. It has never had two. I'm using the embedded graphics for my one and only monitor. I have never added a second video card. When I run the KDE system settings app and use the display applet, it sees my main monitor and second monitor it describes as a laptop monitor. This system is not a laptop. It is a desk-side system. Only kernels newer than 4.8.4 (ie, 4.8.8.and 4.8.10) show this. The 4.8.4 kernel correctly determines I only have one monitor.
Found a workaround. When up brought up system settings (/usr/bin/systemsettings5) and went to the display applet, it showed the 2 montitors. I noticed the real monitor was labeled DP-1. The fake laptop screen was labeled eDP-1. I had been googling around for how to disable monitors at boot time and had come across the kernel parameter "video=DISPLAYNAME:d. I had been trying video=LVDS-1:d since everything I had found mentioned that as the laptop display. This time I tried adding "video=eDP-1:d" to the line for the kernel and it worked. I have since added it to the line in /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
So, I've got a workaround but I think this is still a bug worth investigating since it only appeared on kernels newer than 4.8.4
I'll be glad to supply any other information if asked.
See Bug #1402066
I'm seeing similar behavior with my F23 XFCE installation on my Thinkpad W541 system that began with the 4.8.8-100 kernel update.
Just updated kernel to 4.9.3-200. First of the 4.9 series that's been available from the Fedora repository. The problem persists. I even started up the KDE system settings application and looked at the monitor and display section. It still see two displays. One is my actual Asus monitor and the other is labeled as Laptop Screen eDP-1. This might be the first time I've seen it actually labeled as a Laptop Screen. Recall this system is not a laptop.
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I had upgraded to Fedora 25 around the first of the year and the problem persisted. Forgot to update this report to reflect that. Anyway, I just updated to 4.10.8-200.fc25.x86_64, the latest kernel available in the standard repository. The problem persists. I remove the video=eDP-1:d from the kernel line at boot. It still thinks it has two displays - a Laptop screen labeled eDP-1 and my normal monitor screen labeled DP-1. Recall this is a desktop system with just one monitor.
I'll update this bug to reflect Fedora 25.
Updated to kernel 4.10.9-200.fc25.x86_64. The problem still exists.
Updated to kernel 4.10.10-200.fc25.x86_64. The problem still exists.
This may be fixed. I just updated the kernel from 4.10.14-200 where the issue still existed to 4.11.6-201. I temporarily removed the "video=eDP-1:d" from the kernel command line at reboot. I verified the parameter was not present by noting the command line in /var/log/messages after reboot. The phantom display is no longer present. I was a bit behind in kernel updates. There were several releases between what I was running and what I updated to, so I can't tell which particular release fixed it. I looked at the changelog embedded in the kernel rpm file but did not see anything obvious.
Since no updates have been made to this report, was this perhaps a side effect to fixing a different bug? If so, which one? When I updated the kernel, I did not update any other package. I only updated the kernel package.
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