Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 182933
Radeon Mobility X700 installation/runtime failure
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:25 EST
Description of problem: Installation of Fedora Core 5 test3 is not possible on
Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi. Anaconda hangs in graphical mode, and text mode is
messed up to a point where the user cannot select items
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot FC5test3 on Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi
2. Type linux or Enter (graphical install) OR linux text (text install)
Graphical install -> Boot hangs when starting X
Text install -> Messed up menus
Graphical install -> X starts, graphical boot proceeds
Text install -> Correct menus
Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi
AMD Turion 2.0GHz
ATI Radeon Mobility X700
Does X work post-install?
Created attachment 125203 [details]
No, X does not work.
Log file attached.
Created attachment 125204 [details]
xorg.conf file created by anaconda
Title should be changed to something like:
Cannot run X on Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi
The text install, although amounting to painful guesswork, did proceed.
If you boot with "selinux=0" does that help?
> If you boot with "selinux=0" does that help?
- Installing with "linux selinux=0" hangs X the same way
- Post-install, I always boot with selinux=0 (option added in grub.conf).
Note: The box is brand new and runs graphics OK with "The other OS". So I do
not suspect hardware.
Workaround for messed-up menus in text-mode install
(which is really anaconda bug, not X)
As was mentioned in the mailing lists:
Installing with "linux text askmethod" results in menus rendered correctly.
This should be fixed in rawhide:
I will test that if I have the time.
In any case, FC5 final should render menus correctly with "linux text".
It should also gracefully fall back on text install if it cannot install in
This is because the LCD panel not recognized by installer, connect to external
work fine,but at the startup stage, kudzu crash, and the firstboot hunge kernel.
skip all of those steps, it works fine.
change xorg.conf, add MonitorLayout options for LCD panel.see xorg mail list for
My notebook is Ferrari 4002
Connecting an external monitor indeed gets the graphical install going.
So it seems the problem is recognizing the 1680x1050 LCD panel.
System is installing right now, I will report my post-install findings.
I have same problem with my Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo A1667-G20
- ATI Mobility Radeon X700 with 128Mb memory
- 15.4â TFT LCD WXGA (1280x800) display
- AMD Turionâ¢64 Mobile Technology MT-32
(In reply to comment #7)
> Workaround for messed-up menus in text-mode install
> (which is really anaconda bug, not X)
> As was mentioned in the mailing lists:
> Installing with "linux text askmethod" results in menus rendered correctly.
> This should be fixed in rawhide:
> I will test that if I have the time.
> In any case, FC5 final should render menus correctly with "linux text".
> It should also gracefully fall back on text install if it cannot install in
> graphics mode.
Agreed in both cases, however those problems are unrelated to this specific
bug report. Please file separate bug reports against anaconda for those
(In reply to comment #9)
> Connecting an external monitor indeed gets the graphical install going.
> So it seems the problem is recognizing the 1680x1050 LCD panel.
> Thanks much!
> System is installing right now, I will report my post-install findings.
What were your post-install findings? ;o)
Also, since this fails with x86_64 for you, have you also tested the i386
32bit install? It would be useful to know if it happens only on AMD64 or
> What were your post-install findings? ;o)
Immediately after install
- Updated kudzu to 1.2.33-1 (rawhide)
kudzu no longer segfaults.
- Updated firstboot to 1.4.6-1 (rawhide)
I could start X on the external CRT post install. I am now working on getting
a xorg.conf that works for the LCD panel alone.
One more thing, running
setup -> X configuration
hangs the machine.
> have you also tested the i386 32bit install?
Since you asked ;-)
I just did that (FC-5-Test3-i386-disc1.iso)
Running anaconda, the Fedora Core system installer
Probing for video card: ATI Technologies Mobility Inc Radeon Mobility X700
Probing for monitor type: Uknown monitor
Graphical install -> Boot hangs when starting X
Text install -> Messed up menus
I have this working now on the readeon server. Reference this post:
It seems the radeon driver mixes up the displays, and enables the externat
analog output instead of the internal panel.
I will attach my xorg.conf for reference.
Created attachment 125822 [details]
Configuration working at native resolution on flat panel
I update kernel,kudzu,firstboot, system-config-display from rawhide, all of them
hang my machine(Ferrari 4002), have you tested those package on your Ferrari 4005?
I find that anaconda have a flage to force the use of the vesa driver:)I expect
firstboot & system-config-display should not hang kernel on FC5 final release.
(In reply to comment #17)
> Created an attachment (id=125822) 
> Configuration working at native resolution on flat panel
Option "MonitorLayout" "LVDS,NONE"
Option "PanelSize" "1680x1050"
are the solution for the problem, which indicates that this is a case of the
driver being unable to autodetect the display types connected to it, and unable
to detect the panel size.
These options are only required in cases that the driver can not
autodetect the display type, and if that is the case, it is not possible
to know what display type is connected in order to automatically add the
options in the config tool. This is why they must be manually specified
by the user.
Please file a bug report in X.Org bugzilla for this issue, against the
"radeon" driver. Until the driver's display detection logic is reworked
to autodetect more hardware properly, the MonitorLayout and other options
may need to be manually specified in the config file by the user.
Once you've filed your bug report to X.Org, if you paste the new
bug URL here, Red Hat will continue to track the issue in the
centralized X.Org bug tracker, and will review any bug fixes
that become available for consideration in future updates.
Setting status to "NEEDINFO_REPORTER", and awaiting upstream
bug report URL for tracking.
Thanks in advance.
> Please file a bug report in X.Org bugzilla for this issue
OK, I will do this.
> Until the driver's display detection logic is reworked
> to autodetect more hardware properly, the MonitorLayout and other options
> may need to be manually specified in the config file by the user.
And the user should be able to specify them during the install.
Which makes me think of a better approach for the installer:
The installer should first try to autodetect, then present its findings to the
user in a menu like this:
Display: <display found>
Other stuff (size,resolution)
The 'Text install' should be there to make it possible to proceed with a text
install at this point.
The graphical install is still broken with FC 5. Tried to install official AMD64
DVD image to my laptop (details of laptop can be seen above in comment 10).
Graphical install hung, but text mode seems to work now.
there is a work around. using 'linux vesa' will solve the graphical install.
after installing FC5 i tried using the radeon driver and it still does not work.
Note: This is on the Acer Ferrari 4005.
Created attachment 127141 [details]
Xorg.conf file / works with radeon x700.
Created attachment 127254 [details]
Photo taken after X has been started.
After succesfull text mode installing I have been trying to get the X working.
Many thanks for the comments and suggestions presented here. First X did not
start at all, but after following your instructions I was able to launch the X
on my F-S Amilo A1667-G20, unfortunately it's still hardly readable as can be
seen from the attached image I took with my digital camera :)
I'll also attach the xorg.conf which gave me these results. Is there anything I
could do to help to get this fixed? Take logs or something?
Created attachment 127255 [details]
The xorg.conf file I used to get X working poorly
Created attachment 127708 [details]
I have modified this file from its original content
The xorg.conf file in comment 27 is the one with which I got the X working with
FC 5 default radeon driver on my F-S Amilo A1667G-20 laptop (using kernel
2.6.16-1.2080_FC5). I got help from Open SuSE 10.1 B9 installer, which created
the xorg.conf file containing needed ModeLine and refresh rate information.
Our bugzilla database had a catastrophic failure on June 13, 2006
which lost all bug changes from Thurs June 9th through 13th. I have
bugzilla email records of the time period however, and will be
restoring as many changes as I can manually.
(In reply to comment #20)
>> > > Please file a bug report in X.Org bugzilla for this issue
> > OK, I will do this.
>> > > Until the driver's display detection logic is reworked
>> > > to autodetect more hardware properly, the MonitorLayout and other options
>> > > may need to be manually specified in the config file by the user.
> > And the user should be able to specify them during the install.
> > Which makes me think of a better approach for the installer:
> > The installer should first try to autodetect, then present its findings to the
> > user in a menu like this:
> > Display: <display found>
> > Other stuff (size,resolution)
> > Graphical install
> > Text install
> > Cancel
> > The 'Text install' should be there to make it possible to proceed with a text
> > install at this point.
Feel free to file an enhancement request against the anaconda component
if this is a feature you are interested in. That way the anaconda team
will see your request and take it into consideration.
(In reply to comment #21)
> > It is:
> > https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6195
That bug has been closed as a duplicate of:
We will track the problem in the upstream bug report now. Any future followups
to this report should happen in the X.Org bugzilla.
Setting status to UPSTREAM.