Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 402311
Cannot start X server with ATI Radeon 7200 video card
Last modified: 2009-07-14 13:27:23 EDT
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Description of problem:
Try to install in GUI mode with ATI Radeon 7200 and installer will drop to text mode install. Installing with vesa driver works fine but trying to switch to radeon driver after install causes screen to flash and drop to command line log-in. Machine works with vesa driver but is slow. Copying over xorg-x11-drv-ati driveer from Fedora 7 install works but is also slow.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot DVD or LiveCD
Cannot start X
GUI installer should start
Build Date: 17 October 2007
Build ID: xorg-x11-server 220.127.116.11-33.fc8
Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Module Loader present
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Tue Nov 6 10:03:00 2007
(EE) Unable to locate/open config file
(II) Loader magic: 0x820b5c0
(II) Module ABI versions:
X.Org ANSI C Emulation: 0.3
X.Org Video Driver: 1.2
X.Org XInput driver : 0.7
X.Org Server Extension : 0.3
X.Org Font Renderer : 0.5
(II) Loader running on linux
(II) LoadModule: "pcidata"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules//libpcidata.so
(II) Module pcidata: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
compiled for 1.3.0, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 1.2
(--) using VT number 7
Thanks for the bug report. We have reviewed the information you have provided
above, and there is some additional information we require that will be helpful
in our diagnosis of this issue.
Please attach your X server config file (/etc/X11/xorg.conf) and X server log
file (/var/log/Xorg.*.log) to the bug report as individual uncompressed file
attachments using the bugzilla file attachment link below.
Could you please also try to run without any /etc/X11/xorg.conf whatsoever and
let X11 autodetect your display and video card? Attach to this bug
/var/log/Xorg.0.log from this attempt as well, please.
We will review this issue again once you've had a chance to attach this information.
Thanks in advance.
Created attachment 271981 [details]
Current working xorg.conf using vesa driver
Created attachment 271991 [details]
Xorg.log file with working vesa driver
Created attachment 272001 [details]
Xorg.log file trying to use radeon driver
I can attach log files from Fedora 7 where the radeon driver works. In fact
Fedora 8 is the only distro that's failed to work with this card from all that
I've tried (From Fedora Core 5 up to 8, Mandriva 2008, the Buntus and even the
latest Solaris test drive CD!)
Created attachment 282171 [details]
Current Xorg log with mixed drivers from F7 and F8
My temporary workaround is to use:
xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.6.3-4.fc7 (Latest in F7 updates)
xorg-x11-server-18.104.22.168-36.fc8 (From F8 updates-testing)
Seems likely this is the same problem I'm having with a 7200 card. I have both
debian etch and fedora 8 installed to alternate boot on the same machine, and
debian has no problem, but fedora persists in thinking it ought to talk to
the VGA connector, not the DVI connector, and simply doesn't find a monitor.
I'll attach the xorg log files from both systems for comparison.
Created attachment 293494 [details]
The fedora 8 xorg log file (non-working)
Created attachment 293495 [details]
the debian etch xorg log file (working)
Created attachment 301759 [details]
Shot of log-in screen with current driver in F8 updates-testing
As you can see, I can get a log-in screen with xorg-x11-drv-ati 6.8.0-3.fc8 in
updates-testing... except the colours are messed up. This is supposed to be the
standard F8 blue log-in screen.
Same bug persists in Fedora 9. Gnome LiveCD just hangs after starting udev and I
get an 'Out Of Range' error dialogue on-screen :(
Hitting ctrl-alt-backspace gets things moving again until it wants to start the
GUI then... same thing.
For more fun with 7200, you might check the upstream bug (which originated
with an ubuntu install):
Neither fedora nor ubuntu has been able to work right on my 7200 card, but
they fail in different ways.
That link was dead, but I just booted Ubuntu 8.04 and get the same mixed up,
reversed colours as I do with the F8 driver and the F9 driver
Right now I'm using Fedora 9 with the Vesa driver. I could pull the card and use
the onboard Intel 815 chipset but it's a toss-up which is worse!
I just downloaded a build of the F9 driver from koji (xorg-x11-drv-ati.i386
0:6.8.0-15.fc9) but that just gives me an 'Out of Range' error on my LCD...
I'll post the log..
Sorry, that LCD error with the xorg-x11-drv-ati.i386 0:6.8.0-15.fc9 driver was:
"Input not Supported"
Created attachment 305784 [details]
Xorg log with xorg-x11-drv-ati.i386 0:6.8.0-15.fc9 driver
(In reply to comment #13)
> For more fun with 7200, you might check the upstream bug (which originated
> with an ubuntu install):
> Neither fedora nor ubuntu has been able to work right on my 7200 card, but
> they fail in different ways.
Every recent distro LiveCD I've tried exhibits the same problem of messed up
colours, except Mandriva Spring 2008, but we don't want to go there, do we? :)
At first I thought it was a Fedora bug, but it seems to be an xorg bug...
Created attachment 312215 [details]
working Xorg log file from OpenSUSE 11
I'm attaching a WORKING xorg.log from OpenSUSE 11 for comparison. Maybe the
answer is to ditch Fedora for something that actually works without mucking
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