Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 443089
Cannot "Shutdown" system from menu
Last modified: 2008-06-25 08:51:51 EDT
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #381701 +++
Description of problem:
After I use the system a bit, selecting:
K | Shut Down... | Shut Down
gives a black screen.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Very often but not always.
Sometimes when I experience this problem the computer shuts down when I switch
to a text login (ctrl+alt+f1). I don't have to do anything else.
In rare cases it won't shut down then either. Then I can shut down with shutdown
-h now or similar.
I changed kdmrc a bit ([Xdmcp] Enable=true), but the bug was present before.
This bug makes it impossible for my mother to turn off the computer. :/
Created attachment 302899 [details]
I'll take off desktop-bugs from the CC, those are GNOME folks who probably
don't care about this KDE issue. ;-)
Are you using gdm? If so, it's likely a dup of bug #429966
Nevermind, your initial comment mentions kdm.
Fwiw, works fine here (using both f7, f8).
Any hints on how to reproduce would be helpful.
It only happens from time to time. I do not see any correlations about when it
happens. Maybe it has something to do with multiple x sessions, but the last
time it happened only one person was logged in.
What video driver are you using? Standard xorg stuff or ati or nvidia?
On different computers there are different symptoms. On my ThinkPad
loggin off or trying to switch vt's end with black screen using ati
drivers. On my desktop with nvidia drivers I get a long black screen
(15-20 seconds) then kdm restarts.
I use nvidias drivers. It happens with both 171.06 and 169.12. I have an GeForce
8800 on a dual core intel. But under Ubuntu with a GeForce 4400 and 169.12 on an
single core amd I never experienced any thing like this.
I've run into this on two very different Intel systems, one a 865/P4 system, the
other a X38/Core 2 duo system. The first system uses an Nvidia 6200 with the
169.12 driver, the second an Nvidia 9600 with the 173.14.05 driver. The failure
shows up about one time out of 5 when shutting down from KDE - never from Gnome.
The first system ran FC6/KDE for over a year with no failures. It started
failing immediately when F8/KDE was installed.
The common data here appears to be nVidia... If this cannot be reproduces
without the proprietary nvidia driver, I'll have to blame that driver and close
Just a minute! Two different Nvidia cards and two different Nvidia drivers?!?
And it never fails with FC6/KDE but fails with both F7/F8 and KDE but never with
Gnome?!? It seems a bit of a stretch to lay that on Nvidia. I could see
looking hard at KDE or RH's implementation of KDE, but pointing at the most
popular supplier of graphics for Linux seems a reach.
They aren't really different drivers, just different versions of the same
driver. NVidia doesn't rewrite their drivers from scratch for each release,
nobody does that! So bugs can persist across several versions. The exact
hardware used is also irrelevant in the case of a driver bug. So I think the
fact that different versions of the driver and different cards are involved is
not a good argument for claiming this is not a driver bug. The only way to
prove that it is not a video driver bug would be to try reproducing it with a
different graphics driver. Maybe you want to try nv or nouveau, just to see if
this happens with those too?
As for "the most popular supplier of graphics for Linux", that's an assertion
you have to provide stats for. But in any case the nvidia driver is NOT
supported by Fedora (and we CANNOT support it, because we have NO way to fix
bugs in it, only nVidia can), and nVidia is a bad choice of a manufacturer,
it's the only major graphics card producer which is NOT cooperating with Free
Some more evidence for a driver/X11 problem: here are the latest versions of
xorg-x11-server in the updates for the different Fedora versions:
So my guess of why this worked in FC6 and not in F7 is that a bug was
introduced in the nvidia driver when porting it to the xorg-x11-server-1.3.
Regardless, only when/if someone can reproduce this with only fedora-supplied
packages/drivers, can we *know* the bug lives here. Otherwise, there will
always be uncertainty and doubt.
Okay, I'll convert one of my systems back to nv and do some some testing with
Created attachment 309959 [details]
Using nv driver
This is the resulting xorg.conf after livna rpms removed.
Okay, after removing livna's Nvidia RPMs I've gotten several failures shutting
down from KDE using the nv driver. The symptoms are that shutdown (or restart)
is accepted from the gui which takes you to a black screen containing only an
active mouse cursor and there it hangs.
Hitting Ctrl-Alt-Backspace gets you a text mode login prompt and from there,
logged in as root, a shutdown -r now takes you through a successful reboot to a
So much for "uncertainty and doubt"? ;-)
Over the weekend, a hardware failure forced me to install a new hard drive and
re-install Fedora 8. Immediately after the install this bug re-occurred almost
immediately (using nv). However, after installing the 324 outstanding updates
I've not been able to recreate the problem. There must have been some magic in
there somewhere, and unless I report something in the next day or two I'd be
inclined to call this one history.
I've not seen any re-occurrence of this bug so I'd have no objection to it being
closed. BTW, I started running the Nvidia driver again yesterday and that had
no adverse effects.