Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 186032
nv driver not working
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:27 EST
Description of problem:
on certain Nvidia cards (mainly XFX cards), the screen will not be displayed
properly, therefor anaconda is inusable (in my particular case, i get green
stripes, and no image. the problem lies in the fact that Anaconda forces
itself to use the 'nv' driver instead of 'vesa' (it would work with vesa)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Boot the FC5 install, with a XFX graphics card) and just run Anaconda
Steps to Reproduce:
you should make an option where the user can choose what driver Anaconda will
*** Bug 186034 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
The driver package exports what PCI ids it supports.
Note that you can force anaconda to use vesa instead by booting with 'linux vesa'
I can confirm this with a Geforce 6800 GT. The "nv" driver just corrupts the
screen. The "vesa" driver works OK, but is very limited... Note this happens
both during install, and afterwards. As long as I set the driver to "vesa", I
can use the system. If I try to use the "nv" driver (which is what it should
be), I get nothing but corrupt graphics, to the point of having to actually
reboot (just killing the X-server doesn't restore the video). This is with FC5
x86_64, on an ASUS A8V Deluxe, AMD64 3800+, 1 GB RAM. Works (worked) fine in
Fedora Core 3 and 4. I'm normally using a dual-monitor setup (one LCD, one
CRT), but I've tried it with just the CRT attached as well.
Using the 'nv' driver, add the following option to the xorg.conf:
Restart the X server and report back the results. Attach the X server log
file and config file from the new configuration as individual uncompressed
file attachments using the link below.
Noaccel option makes no difference. Attaching config file and X server log from
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X server log
I've been looking on the xorg and freedesktop sites - this bug may be related to
https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6037 (in fact, it most likely is...)
which links to https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=182396 . I
don't know why I didn't find that one on my first look through bugzilla...
might be a duplicate.
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.
Ok if "noaccel" does not work, try booting into runlevel 3, logging in as
root, and running "startx", or alternatively disable or uninstall rhgb
and reboot into X again.
Does the problem still occur in runlevel 3, or with rhgb out of the way?
rhgb is known to break otherwise working video setups, in the name of
eye candy, and we know it breaks various things on nvidia setups thus
That may help narrow things down...
------- Additional Comments From email@example.com 2006-06-10 12:10 EST -------
Nope, runlevel 3 "startx" (as root) doesn't help.
Alright, it appears that the "nv" driver does not properly support
this chip adequately enough. We will track the issue in the upstream
bug report 6037 as referenced in comment #8.
When Nvidia has submitted patches to X.org which fix the problem, and
they've been committed to CVS, we'll review them for consideration in
a future 'nv' driver update.
Thanks for your testing.
Setting status to "UPSTREAM"