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Bug 29530 - installer incorrectly uses obsolete device drivers for 2-head Matrox Millenium G450 video card
installer incorrectly uses obsolete device drivers for 2-head Matrox Milleniu...
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: Xconfigurator (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-02-26 04:53 EST by Erich Schwarz
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:31 EDT (History)
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Description Erich Schwarz 2001-02-26 04:53:48 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.72 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.14-5.0 i686)

   On installing wolverine, the installer confidently auto-detects a 2-head
Matrox G450 video card as "Matrox G400".  Then when I later try to set up X
windowing, the entire system hangs completely (cannot be cleanly rebooted
with three-finger salute).  I have observed this problem on two machines
(same hardware, installer CD).  I have checked the matrox.com Web site and
found that they are offering up-to-date device drivers for their 2-headed
Matrox G450 card, at:

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. get machine with Matrox Millenium 2-head G450 video card
2.do text expert install with wolverine CDs
3.watch install autodetect "G400", then watch X configuration totally hang

Actual Results:  Total system hang.

Expected Results:  If correct device drivers had been picked, presumably a
smooth Xwindowing.

    It should be easy (technically -- I know nothing about licensing/legal
issues) to get up-to-date device drivers from:

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2001-02-26 08:08:41 EST
The Matrox dual-head drivers include a large binary-only component,
we won't ship them. As for identifying it as a G400, it's because
they share the same PCI id.
Comment 2 Glen Foster 2001-02-26 18:56:42 EST
We (Red Hat) should really try to resolve this before next release.
Comment 3 Erich Schwarz 2001-02-27 02:14:24 EST
"The Matrox dual-head drivers include a large binary-only component, we won't
ship them."

OK, I understand not wanting binary-only.  But:

Could Red Hat just please consider including the following source code (not
"binary only")?


Some documentation for this source code is at:


Thank you.
Comment 4 Preston Brown 2001-02-27 18:38:01 EST
we have G450 working as of today's internal tree, available as rawhide soon.
Comment 5 Glen Foster 2001-03-02 13:04:58 EST
Our installer team-lead thinks we should really fix this before next release.
Comment 6 David Sainty 2001-03-18 17:23:56 EST
See also #26677 for my latest comments on G450 freezes. :-)

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