Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 461413
LiveCD graphics fail on ABIT A-S78H with integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200
Last modified: 2013-01-09 23:47:33 EST
Description of problem:
Trying to install Fedora 9 from the latest (as of 2009-09-07) Live CD.
The motherboard is an ABIT A-S78H with integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 (this one: https://support.ati.com/ics/support/KBList.asp?folderID=11016). That motherboard has a VGA and HDMI connector.
Booting from the Live CD yields the following messages in text mode:
Aperture beyond 4 GByte - Ignoring
Unable to find persistent overlay - using temporary
The boot process then proceeds with video signal on both VGA and HDMI connectors. Howwever, after
Starting udev: [OK]
the video signal on HDMI is lost and only VGA still provides output.
Boot continues. Using "show details" on can see to the message
At which point VGA goes away too.
The BIOS has the following config:
Internal Graphics Mode: UMA (other would be "disabled", not good)
UMA Frame Buffer Size: Auto
Frame Buffer Location: Below 4G
IGX Engine Clock Override: Disabled
Ouch. For "HDMI" above, read "DVI1". I'm getting old.
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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.
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I have a similar problem with the same video chipset. If I start X with VGA connected but not HDMI, everything works fine (except that I would rather not use VGA). If I start X with HDMI connected but not VGA, then I get nothing. The monitor doesn't even get a signal. If I use the radeonhd driver instead of radeon, HDMI works. Also, fglrx works fine under Ubuntu. So, this would appear to be a bug in the radeon driver. In my case, the HDMI connection is a HDMI-to-DVI cable connected to the DVI port of my monitor. I will attach my X logs to this bug.
Created attachment 320881 [details]
X log when starting X with only VGA
Created attachment 320882 [details]
X log when starting X with only HDMI
Created attachment 320883 [details]
X log when starting X with both VGA and HDMI
It looks like I didn't read the initial bug report carefully enough. I am running Rawhide, not Fedora 9.
Original Poster here. My ABIT motherboard seems to be dead as dead. I will replace it but by something different, so no X server logs are available.
Sorry about that.
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 have to close this bug as INSUFFICIENT_DATA.
What about the logs I provided? Since my problem is in Rawhide (and it's not quite the same), should I open a new bug for it?
I think we can recycle -- saving some electrons is good :-)
The same problem occurs with Ubuntu 8.10 RC. So, judging by that and the contents of the X logs, it looks like the root of the problem is that activating the HDMI (DVI) output on the Radeon HD 3200 is different than on the other cards, and the radeon driver thinks it knows how to activate it, but actually does not. I find that very interesting, since it is precisely this sort of thing that AtomBIOS was supposed to prevent. For whatever reason, the radeonhd driver knows how to activate the output, so there may be some simple change that will fix the radeon driver. I'll take a look at the sources that Ubuntu is using and try to see if a solution jumps out at me. I'm not a driver developer, so no promises.
It looks to me like radeonhd is using the same encoder mode for both DVI and HDMI. I'll try fiddling with the code and see if I can fix it. Since the Radeon HD 3200 is the only non-antique ATI card I have access to, I can't guarantee that any fix I come up with doesn't break other cards.
I "fixed" this bug in Ubuntu (bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-video-ati/+bug/289177) by replacing all instances of ATOM_ENCODER_MODE_HDMI with ATOM_ENCODER_MODE_DVI. I have no idea what other effects that will have.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.
More information and reason for this action is here:
There have been bunch of bug fixes
Could you retest with the latest kernel
( -132 at the time of this writing )
You can get the latest kernel build here
And with the latest xorg-x11-drv-ati.
( -60 at the time of this writing )
You can get the latest xorg-x11-drv-ati build here
And report back if it either improves or fixes this issue..
I just updated to the latest kernel and xorg-x11-drv-ati (as suggested in #16), and it does not solve the problem. According to Xorg.0.log the HDMI port is detected and enabled, but still there is no signal going to the screen (no signal as in orange instead of blue light :-) ).
The video controller is an ATI Radeon HD 3200 onboard controller (mb is Asus M3a78 Pro).
I can provide more information if that is required and also test patches for xorg-x11-drv-ati.
Hello. Although the "needinfo (d.tonhofer)" flag has been set on this report, I cannot help at the present time so as my ABIT motherboard looks to be a goner and I haven't RMAed it yet. Gomen asai.
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