Bug 23439 - install fails to start properly on IBM Thinkpad T20
Summary: install fails to start properly on IBM Thinkpad T20
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Brent Fox
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Whiteboard: Florence Beta-3
: 23655 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2001-01-05 19:52 UTC by David Lawrence
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:30 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-01-19 21:18:03 UTC
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Description David Lawrence 2001-01-05 19:52:58 UTC
Video chipset: S3 Savage IX Mobility (requires S3 download for native X

Produces traceback when loading second stage installer and not typing any
additional options at syslinux boot prompt:

going to test the x server
File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.1//usr/lib/anaconda/xserver.py", line 133, in
server = x.test ([':1', 'vt7', '-s', '1440', '-terminate'], spawn=1)
File "/var/tmp/anaconda-7.1//usr/lib/anaconda/xf86config.py", line 1020, in
serverpath = "/usr/X11R6/bin/" + self.server
TypeError: illegal argument type for built-in operation

tested the x server
Waiting for the X server to start
File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 279, in ?
result = xserver.startX (runres)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/xserver.py", line 125, in startX
testx(mouse, x)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/xserver.py", line 156, in testx
pid, status = os.waitpid (server, os.WNOHANG)
NameError: server

and then install exits abnormally

Never attempts to run text mode install.

Note: Graphical installer comes up properly if you give vga= line at boot
prompt such as

boot:  linux vga=791

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2001-01-09 21:18:01 UTC
Assigned to developer.

Comment 2 Brent Fox 2001-01-10 18:52:48 UTC
*** Bug 23655 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3 Brent Fox 2001-01-10 19:30:09 UTC
*** Bug 23655 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 4 Glen Foster 2001-01-11 21:12:22 UTC
This defect is considered MUST-FIX for Florence Gold release

Comment 5 Brent Fox 2001-01-12 18:30:24 UTC
vga=791 will force the card into 16 bit color at 1024x768.  It appears that the
card won't work in any other framebuffer mode except this.  The installer tries
to put the card into 16 bit color 800x600 resolution, and it seems like the card
and the installer collide and the installer loses.

Comment 6 Brent Fox 2001-01-19 00:34:44 UTC
There are two problems.  One is that the installer shouldn't traceback in this
manner.  This is caused by self.server being empty.  Dr. Mike added code to
check for this, so this issue should be fixed.  Will test tomorrow on the

Issue two is why is self.server empty?  It's because the card isn't in the
pcitable or the Cards database.  We will add this card to the lists so that the
card can be correctly identified.  Will do this tomorrow.

Comment 7 Brent Fox 2001-01-19 21:17:59 UTC
Both items should be fixed now.  We've inserted code to fall back to text mode
gracefully if the card can't be detected.  Also, we've updated the card database
so that this card will be detected in the future.  Thanks for this report.

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