Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 435582
Xserver Fails to Start
Last modified: 2008-03-13 16:54:23 EDT
Description of problem:
Xserver fails to start during installation.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Start installation with Fedora 8 x86_64 DVD
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start installatoin with Fedora 8 x86_64 DVD
2. Select "Install or upgrade an existing system"
3. Run or skip the media check
The following Messages appear after the media check
1. Runnining Anaconda 126.96.36.199
2. Probing for Video card: Nvidia unknown device 0429
3. Attempting to start native x server
4. <<<a message flashes, but to quickly to read >>>
And then the screen goes blank. The installation halts
Installation to continue with various selections.
Hardware: Lenovo T61 with a Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M video card
Also, installed Fedora 8 using text mode. Installation is successful but X11 is
This is a bug in the nv driver. If you add 'vesa' to the kernel command line
arguments, then you should be able to install with the vesa driver instead
Could we get the logs in /var/log/anaconda.xlog from attempt to install with nv
driver attached to this bug as an uncompressed individual attachment, please?
Created attachment 297060 [details]
/var/log/anaconda.xlog from install using VESA kernal option
I am not able to attach the anaconda.xlog file from the failed install attempt.
Screen goes blank and install halts. I don't know of a way to recover without
installing using the VESA kernal option. This attachment is from a successful
install using the VESA kernal option.
Okay, what happens if you try the nv driver at runtime?
NV Quadro driver works fine when selected at run time.
F8 DVD shipped with nv 2.1.5-2, which has some known issues with LVDS (laptop
display) detection. You almost certainly have nv 2.1.6-1 installed now, which
explains why it works if you select it at runtime.
Sorry for the release DVD bug, but it's a bit hard to change DVDs already
pressed. Thanks for the bug report!