Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 36582
XFree86 4 crashes w/ATI Radeon
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:43 EDT
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XFree86 4.0.3 crashes with the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon. This produces a
hard freeze, making it impossible to access the system via the network. The
only way to reboot the system is to use the power switch.
I have found a fix to this problem, it is due to the installer and
Xconfigurator setting the option in the device section of
/etc/X11/XF86Config-4 to "dri" it should be set to "nodri"
Steps to Reproduce:
I had similar problem. You may want to try to reproduce the hang with lowered
resolution or color depth. Use 16bpp! That fixed it for me. Would you attach
XF86Config-4 using the link right below?
Radeon does not have DRI support at all, so it isn't a bug in XFree86.
Rather, it is a configuration bug. Reassigning to Xconfigurator.
(BTW - I use Radeon, Radeon AIW, and Radeon SDR and have not encountered
any problems at depth 24 or 16)
I have an All in Wonder 32MB Radeon. No matter what I config it for (radeon
generic or all in wonder radeon driver) when Xconfigurator tests the mode the
keyboard locks and the sreen garbles. When I reboot redhat xdm is set to run
level 5 so the PC boots and hangs. I need to boot into single user mode to stop
this. Is there a patch or more specific work around?
I am having the same problem but with multiple machines and different Graph
1. PI -166 smp with Hercules Stingray (AT3D chipset)
2. K6-2 166 with ET 6000 /4mb
3. laptop P2-266 with Neomagic 128
On all three the Upgrade/install would not run in graphical mode, trying this
results in a hard crash (only reset button would restore/reboot system) In text
mode upgrade succeeded on all three (upgraded all three from RH 7.0 to 7.1)
but only on the laptop with Neomagic did Xfree86 function after the upgrade,
By the way also config utility xf86cfg in the /usr/X11R6/bin produces a hard
To all of you, check your motherboard manufacturer's website for BIOS
flash updates. There have been some Radeon crash reports that people have
had go away after updating their BIOS on certain buggy Athlon motherboards.
Again, I cannot reproduce these specific crashes on 3 machines I've got
available with 4 different Radeon cards. I suspect it may be a motherboard
For the last poster, please file your bug reports separately after
trying the above advice if it does not solve the problem.
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