Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 404261
Freshly installed F8 freezes hard when X starts (Radeon 7500)
Last modified: 2008-08-02 19:40:36 EDT
Description of problem:
I just did a fresh install of F8 on a system with an old
ATI Radeon 7500 (AGP) board, and the system freezes when
starting X. The xorg.conf is just the basic one that the
install generated with 'radeon' as the driver in the device
section. Replacing that with 'vesa' allows me to start X
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
On my system, wait for X to start or 'startx'
Created attachment 272821 [details]
IGNORE: xorg.conf from wrong system
Created attachment 272831 [details]
IGNORE: log file from wrong system
Created attachment 272851 [details]
Created attachment 272871 [details]
X log file
Other system info:
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2500+
MB: Asus A7V8X (Via KT400/KT600 based)
hmm via motherboards have been causing problem and I don't have one to track
what went wrong down..
Option "AGPMode" "1"
if that fails then:
Option "BusType" "PCI"
Ok, some progress...
Option "AGPMode" "1": No change
Option "BusType" "PCI": system no longer freezes, but X gives only a screen
with black/white pinstripe pattern (not crosshatch) and freezes.
I had somewhat similar problem with Ati 9600XT AGP card and
xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.7.196-2.fc8. X started ok with direct rendering enabled.
After some time display freezes, typically when new browser window opens.
Glxgears start caused freezing every time after few seconds.
Option "AGPMode" "4"
in xorg.conf solved the case for me. "AGPMode" "1" generated only warning in
xorg.log and AGP remained in 8x mode.
Jurgen? Does AGPMode 4 help? Also, does
Option "DRI" "off"
Reporter, could you please reply to the previous question? If you won't reply in
one month, I will have to close this bug as INSUFFICIENT_DATA. Thank you.
I recently had the same problem with an ATI 9250 AGP card with 128 MB RAM using
xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.7.197-1.fc8. X started OK but froze after a couple of
minutes of usage. I let the box sit overnight and a bunch of the following
messages were appended to Xorg.0.log
(EE) RADEON(0): GetBuffer timed out, resetting engine...
I found this bug report and tried the
Option "AGPMode" "4"
option, and the driver seems to be working.
Since there are insufficient details provided in this report for us to
investigate the issue further, and we have not received feedback to the
information we have requested above, we will assume the problem was not
reproducible, or has been fixed in one of the updates we have released for the
Users who have experienced this problem are encouraged to upgrade to the latest
update of their distribution, and if this issue turns out to still be
reproducible in the latest update, please reopen this bug with additional
Closing as INSUFFICIENT_DATA.