Bug 155151 - Any starting of X hangs the box on imac 333 ppc
Summary: Any starting of X hangs the box on imac 333 ppc
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: system-config-display
Version: 9
Hardware: powerpc
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Adam Jackson
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-04-17 06:06 UTC by Clinton Goudie-Nice
Modified: 2009-07-14 16:47 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 16:47:21 UTC
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Description Clinton Goudie-Nice 2005-04-17 06:06:42 UTC
Description of problem:

I've got an imac 333 (revision 2.2 with the newworld rom, according to cpuinfo) 
with 320mb ram.

Any attemt to start X on this box (anaconda, rhgb, runlevel 5) hangs the box 
with a underscore cursor in the upper left.

At the time X tries to start, my ssh console into the box also becomes 

results of lspci from cd install on tty 2

00:00.0 Host bridge: Morotola MPC106 [Grackle] (rev 40)
00:10.0 Class ff00: Apple Computer Inc. Paddington Mac I/O
00:12.0 VGA compatable controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage Pro 215GP (rev 
00:14.0 USB Controller: OPTi Inc. 82C861 (rev 10)

Also after powering off the box, and back on, an inspection 
of /var/log/messages shows no specific information informaiton about why.

Here's some snippits from the xorg.conf

Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Videocard0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth     8
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     8
                Modes    "1024x768"

I've tried changing the depth setting from 8 to 32, which then changes the 
behavior of the hang to a blank screen instead of an underscore in the upper 
left. On YDL4, things dont work right with it set to 16, but it doesn't hang.

Also, here's the monitor section

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "Monitor0"
        VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
        ModelName    "iMac"
        DisplaySize  270        200
        HorizSync    60.0 - 60.0
        VertRefresh  75.0 - 117.0
        Option      "dpms"

Any ideas to get X to start on this box would be appreciated, but ultimately 
getting this fixed for the release would be ideal :)

It may be worthwile to note that this box does work correctly with YDL4.0

How reproducible:
Every Time

Steps to Reproduce:

1. start X on an imac 333
2. hang

Comment 1 Clinton Goudie-Nice 2005-04-17 06:14:46 UTC
Here's some more info from the box:

lspci -v -v -s 00:12.0
00:12.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage Pro 215GP (rev 
5c) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- 
Stepping+ SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap- 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- 
<TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 32 (2000ns min), Cache Line Size 08
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 22
        Region 0: Memory at 0000000081000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) 
        Region 1: I/O ports at 0c00 [size=256]
        Region 2: Memory at 0000000080881000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) 


X -scanpci --verbose
Probing for PCI devices (Bus:Device:Function)

(0:0:0) Motorola MPC106 [Grackle]
(0:16:0) Apple Computer Inc. Paddington Mac I/O
(0:18:0) ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage Pro 215GP
(0:20:0) unknown card (0x1045/0xc861) using a OPTi Inc. 82C861

Comment 2 Clinton Goudie-Nice 2005-04-17 20:34:27 UTC
Aha I've got it. The device section is like so:

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "fbdev"
        VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
        BoardName   "Framebuffer driver (generic)"

It's not trying to use the ati driver.

Changing it to use the ATI driver and changing the resolution and color depth 
to 1024x768 and 24bit color and it starts

Comment 3 Adam Jackson 2006-09-29 20:51:26 UTC
We should be configuring X to do this automatically as of FC6 test3 and later. 
Please verify that this is still an issue there, and reopen if so.

Comment 4 Arnold Pena 2006-12-29 20:10:02 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> Aha I've got it. The device section is like so:
> Section "Device"
>         Identifier  "Videocard0"
>         Driver      "fbdev"
>         VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
>         BoardName   "Framebuffer driver (generic)"
> EndSection
> It's not trying to use the ati driver.
> Changing it to use the ATI driver and changing the resolution and color depth 
> to 1024x768 and 24bit color and it starts


 Please help, my hd crashed, so I tried installing Fedora, but it Anaconda 
hangs at Xserver start.  Please, help me install Fedora.

Arnold (arnold_pena@sbcglobal.net)

Comment 5 Matthew Miller 2007-04-06 15:10:51 UTC
Fedora Core 3 and Fedora Core 4 are no longer supported. If you could retest
this issue on a current release or on the latest development / test version, we
would appreciate that. Otherwise, this bug will be marked as CANTFIX one month
from now. Thanks for your help and for your patience.

Comment 6 Adam Jackson 2007-05-26 19:09:32 UTC
Mass closure: This bug has been in NEEDINFO for over six weeks with no
additional information provided, and is therefore being closed.  If this bug is
still an issue for you, please supply the requested information, and reopen the bug.

Comment 7 Clinton Goudie-Nice 2008-05-15 23:16:25 UTC
Still a problem on Fedora 9

Comment 8 Clinton Goudie-Nice 2008-05-15 23:39:30 UTC
Adding the following to xorg.conf was sufficient to fix the problem

Add the following to Section "Screen"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"

Then add this chunk of monitor information to the end of the file:

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Apple"
ModelName "iMac Rev.D 333"
HorizSync 60
VertRefresh 70-121
ModeLine "1024x768" 77.52 1024 1061 1114 1292 768 773 775 804
ModeLine "800x600" 60.60 800 820 900 1009 600 601 627 628
ModeLine "640x480" 48.12 640 640 726 802 480 481 508 510
Option "DPMS"

Also, my initial report that it was hanging the box was erroneous. It doesn't
hang the box, but what I believe is the graphical output being out of sync makes
the imac's powerlight change from green to red.

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