Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 238484
Graphical install hangs on AMD Geode LX 800 board
Last modified: 2008-12-13 19:26:49 EST
Description of problem:
I'm trying to install Fedora 7 Test 4 on an AMD Geode LX 800 development board. Text-mode
installation works fine, but graphical install fails when launching the X server and the machine has to be
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Always. I tried F7T3, it has the same problem. F7T2 doesn't even try to launch X.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from F7T4 DVD
2. Select "Install or upgrade an existing system"
Blue screen, with the text at the bottom:
Running anaconda, the Fedora system installer - please wait...
Probing for video card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Geode LX Video
2 more lines of text appear for a split second, then the screen goes black. I think the text said
something to the effect of "running startx" then "logs are in /var/log/Xorg.log".
Once the screen goes black, the system is completely unresponsive and has to be rebooted.
Graphical installer starts
I installed (using text mode) a base F7T4 setup with X11 but no GNOME or other packages. Running
startx produces the same results - blank screen, and no xserver.
I found that changing the driver for Videocard0 from 'vesa' to 'amd' in /etc/X1/xorg.conf fixes the
problem with X startup, can that be applied (autodetected?) in the installer?
just tried to install the fc7 release version and it looks like this issue never
got addressed. still comes up with vesa, still hangs. switching to amd allows
system to come up but is *very* sluggish. Never had these problems under fc6
Steve, I am sorry, that we have let this bug rot for so long, but could you
please confirm, that you don't get working X, when you remove /etc/X11/xorg.conf
(probably just rename it to something in case it would be needed again) and just
restart X without the one?
Please attach to this bug uncompressed /var/log/Xorg.0.log both from your (vesa)
configuration, as well as the one without /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
I don't have access to that board anymore, sorry.
Thanks for letting us know.
Hang on, not so quick. I still have a board, and still need the bug fixed, as do
others, I suspect.
Please reopen. I'll try to do this in the next few days. The only question is
the apparent circularity. If the machine is unusable after a graphical install,
how do I install and then delete the file (given the screen is all screwed up)?
Sorry, I misunderstood you. Reopening, of course.
You can try to install in text mode (write linux text on the initial prompt of
the installation process).
Given the release of f8, I installed that on the machine in the hope that the
problem had been fixed - no such luck. Hope the following helps. In the next few
minutes I'll need to re-install fc6 on the machine used for this test. I won't
have a replacement for some time.
Using f8, tried what you suggested. Also tried a version of xorg.conf which runs
fine on fc6. Unfortunately I have no easy way to get the log off the machine,
but the last few lines of the log are consistent in all three cases:
Note: The "//" on the 2nd line down is not a typing error
(II) Loading sub module "int10"
(II) Reloading /usr/lib/xorg/modules//libint10.so
(II) VESA(0): initializing int10
(II) VESA(0): Primary V_BIOS segment is 0xc000
(II) VESA(0): VESA BIOS detected
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Version 2.0
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Total Mem: 8192 kB
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM: Advanced Micro Devices
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Software Rev: 1.0
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Vendor: Elpin Systems VGA BIOS
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Product: GEODE LX
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Product Rev: Version 6.12
(II) VESA(0): virtual address = 0xb7697000
physical address = 0xee000000, size 8388608
(II) VESA(0): VBESetVBEMode failedc000:0282: A2 ILLEGAL EXTENDED OPCODE!
(EE) VESA(0): set VBE Mode Failed!
Fatal server error:
AddScreen/ScreenInit failed for driver 0
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Comment #8, which I submitted 5 months ago, clearly states that the problem
exists under F8!!! I am unable to change the version to 8 so please, someone who
can, please change it.
Also, please, someone take responsibility for this. We're at the point where,
stuck with FC5 because its the last version where this problem does NOT appear,
we're going to have to switch away from Fedora! - Thanks
I've changed the version to 8.
ajax - is there something that can help you resolve this?
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