Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 165657
Hardware initialization configures bad text video mode
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:21:27 EST
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Description of problem:
Clean install of 2.6.12-1.1398_FC4 on Pentium III with Matrox G400 video card.
During boot, when the line "Initializing hardware : storage netview audio done" is displayed, between "audio" and "done", the kernel (?) configures a bad text video mode : 2 lines at the top and 3 lines at the bottom go off the screen. Also the text is distorted with a superb cushion effect. FC3 had no such problem. Should I install a package from FC3 to fix this problem ?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Clean install of FC4
Actual Results: Text display is difficult to use since 5 lines are off the screen.
Expected Results: Usable text display.
I had to rpm -i --force the FC3 xorg.x11 RPMs because the system kept hanging when trying to switch to video mode. Replacing libvgahw.a etc, made no difference.
Can you try xorg-x11-6.8.2-45 ?
what is 'netview' ?
IBM NetView is an SNMP based network monitoring platform similar to HP OpenView.
I manage servers running NetView every day and it seems that I can type netview
instead of network without even realizing !
The initialization steps should of course read "storage network audio done".
Installed GLIBC 2.4 as required by xorg-x11-6.8.2-45 and all available xorg-x11-
*-6.8.2-45 modules (overkill I know). Same text mode problem as before.
I can reconfigure my screen to see all the text lines, but this is a pain since
I must reconfigure it again to take advantage of the available screen real
estate while in graphical mode.
A great improvement however : since the upgrade, switching to graphical mode
does work ; it used to fail twice for every three attempts (on average : 1
reboot and 1 hang) since FC1 if memory serves.
A wild thought : could this problem relate to US (60 Hz) vs European (50 Hz)
monitor settings ? What is the difference since FC3 ?
Can you confirm that -37 works without distortion on your screen ?
Then would you attach /etc/X11/xorg.conf and /var/log/Xorg.0.log for -37 and -45 ?
Created attachment 117844 [details]
Created attachment 117845 [details]
/var/log/Xorg.0.log for xorg.x126.96.36.199-45
Created attachment 117846 [details]
/var/log/Xorg.0.log.old for xorg.x188.8.131.52-45
Notice differences between .log and .log.old. Intended behaviour ?
> Can you confirm that -37 works without distortion on your screen ?
All I can say is :
- release FC3 : no text mode problem
- release FC4 : text mode problem
- release FC4 + xorg.x11.*.6.8.2-45 : text mode problem
Still unsure : is text mode really configured by code in the xorg.x11 packages ?
Mass update to all FC4 bugs:
An update has been released (2.6.13-1.1526_FC4) which rebases to a new upstream
kernel (184.108.40.206). As there were ~3500 changes upstream between this and the
previous kernel, it's possible your bug has been fixed already.
Please retest with this update, and update this bug if necessary.
Problem solved after installing 2.6.13-1.1526_FC4.
Please close this ticket.
Keep up the good work.