Bug 1471596 - The X server fails to display content on monitor connected to dedicated GPU
The X server fails to display content on monitor connected to dedicated GPU
Status: NEW
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11-server (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: X/OpenGL Maintenance List
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Reported: 2017-07-16 23:21 EDT by Jonas Ådahl
Modified: 2018-05-03 04:46 EDT (History)
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2017-07-16 23:21 EDT, Jonas Ådahl
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Description Jonas Ådahl 2017-07-16 23:21:34 EDT
Created attachment 1299623 [details]
lspci output

Description of problem:

On a Dell PN 5N793, where the integrated Intel GPU is connected to the built in panel, while a dedicated Nvidia GPU is connected to the HDMI port, the X server fails to display anything but the mouse cursor on a monitor connected to the HDMI.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable)
Fedora 26
X version: 1.19.3-4.fc26
Kernel: 4.11.8-300.fc26.x86_64

The nouveau kernel module is driver.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Fedora
2. Connect HDMI cable
3. Observe that nothing but the cursor will ever show on the monitor

For example, no background image, and if you drag a window, it wont show. Moving the cursor there will show the cursor however.
Comment 1 Jonas Ådahl 2017-07-18 23:54:18 EDT
Relevant parts of the journal:

nvc0_screen_create:811 - Base screen init failed: -19
(EE) modeset(G0): glamor initialization failed

so I guess it falls back on some software path?

FWIW, I have seen it temporarily showing half correct content for example when showing / hiding the GNOME Shell overview.
Comment 2 Jonas Ådahl 2017-07-19 06:29:44 EDT
Possible work around (that works on the HW I tested): Upgrade to Linux 4.12, as it includes support for the particular GPU I have here. Using the ones here worked for example: https://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org/packages/kernel/4.12.0/1.fc27/
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