Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 182578
Console messages (Xen?) corrupt X display, ATI. (Dirty like zebra)
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:25:31 EST
Description of problem:
Console messages cause X display to be corrupted. It appears that most of my
console messages are from the Xen hyperviser. See top left screenshot.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R250 Lf [FireGL
9000] (rev 01)
FC5Test3 Xorg server and also Xair server demonstrate the same thing.
Every time. I have not tried this without the Xen hypervisor kernel.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install FC5test3 using ATI xserver driver
2. Start X
3. Wait for / console messages and you'll see corruption in an area of the screen.
See screenshot, corruption happens somewhere on the screen.
Console messages should no be directly writing to video memory.
I suspect that this may not really be an ati issue. This may need to be
re-assigned to Xen?
Created attachment 125104 [details]
dirty like zebra
It sounds like Xen is writing console messages into video memory, which is
part of the video framebuffer when X has the current VT. This sounds like
a kernel bug to me.
I've heard 2 or 3 people report this now, all on Radeon so far, however
it's possible it happens on other hardware too. The Xen kernel does not
boot on my system, so I was unable to try to reproduce locally (bug #
CC'ing davej and ajax for other opinions first
adding 'the usual suspects' for xen stuff to Cc:
*** Bug 182207 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
quintela,sct,riel: Can you comment on this?
Only that yes, I've seen it on my own laptop (radeon mobility M6). Have not
been able to investigate yet.
NEEDINFO_ENG has been deprecated in favor of NEEDINFO or ASSIGNED. Changing
status to ASSIGNED for ENG review.
Reassigning to the kernel, as this appears to be a Xen kernel bug.
Do you have any particular idea why this seems more kernel than X related?
Clearly it's triggered by the Xen kernel, but the symptoms only appear under X,
and only on one specific X driver. We have several reports of Radeons behaving
badly in the same way, and none on any other hardware. So it's either a bug in
the Radeon driver, or (very likely) some interaction between it and the Xen kernel.
But we really need X help to track this down; "corrupt display" is something
that has to be debugged from the X end, as there is simply no indication at all
here of where else the problem might be stemming from.
It appears the kernel is spewing console messages into video memory which
is part of the video framebuffer. The X server isn't writing kernel messages
into video memory. ;)
Seriously though, this does sound like a kernel problem. I've heard reports
in IRC of it happening on other hardware, but do not have any actual bug
reports to compare with. I am currently trying to see if others have heard
Unfortunately, Xen kernels do not boot on my test machine so someone else
will have to attempt to reproduce this. I plan on freeing up some space
on my test box soon to reinstall FC5, and I'd like to try Xen again, but
that wont be for a while yet. If someone hasn't already reproduced this
by then, I'll give it another shot.
In the mean time, it would be useful if the people who can reproduce this
problem could test with the "vesa" driver and indicate wether the problem
still occurs, and also test with fbdev+radeon.
It would also be useful info if someone could toss an Nvidia card, or Matrox
or something else into the machine and attempt to reproduce the issue with
the native driver for that hardware, as well as "vesa" also. The more
info there is to go on, the easier it will be for the X team and/or
kernel team to diagnose the cause.
(Removing self from CC as I already receive all bugs CC'd to xgl-maint)
seems very similar to what I BZ'ed at
though I didn't associate the red corrupt lines with console messages, they
seemed to happen as part of the "zoom up" effect of launching new apps in Gnome,
could have easily been SELINUX warnings or similar from the launch though ...
A new kernel update has been released (Version: 2.6.18-1.2200.fc5)
based upon a new upstream kernel release.
Please retest against this new kernel, as a large number of patches
go into each upstream release, possibly including changes that
may address this problem.
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