Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 29530
installer incorrectly uses obsolete device drivers for 2-head Matrox Millenium G450 video card
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:31:46 EDT
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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:
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
It should be easy (technically -- I know nothing about licensing/legal
issues) to get up-to-date device drivers from:
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.
We (Red Hat) should really try to resolve this before next release.
"The Matrox dual-head drivers include a large binary-only component, we won't
OK, I understand not wanting binary-only. But:
Could Red Hat just please consider including the following source code (not
Some documentation for this source code is at:
we have G450 working as of today's internal tree, available as rawhide soon.
Our installer team-lead thinks we should really fix this before next release.
See also #26677 for my latest comments on G450 freezes. :-)