Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 464795
Graphical error during install.
Last modified: 2009-12-18 01:27:24 EST
Created attachment 318084 [details]
Description of problem:
Picture says more then thousand words..
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
( Anaconda 126.96.36.199 )
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert the DVD and begin install
Perfection but I guess that will never be achieved..
But that does not stop one from trying.
Bypass this by adding kernel parameter nomodeset
Created attachment 318085 [details]
Created attachment 318086 [details]
Thanks for reporting this issue.
I'm pretty sure this is the new mode setting code acting up.
Can you please try another install and then at the initial screen where you can choose between install / memtest / local boot, press <tab> and then add " nomodeset" at the end of the cmdline? Thanks!
If that works please also try to boot the installed system, chances are things will go boom when booting too. In that case when grub starts press <a> and then again add " nomodeset" at the end of the cmdline.
Welcome to Red Hat Hans.
Now if you take very close look at the "Additional info:"
field in the bug report you notes a line that says this
"Bypass this by adding kernel parameter nomodeset"
Which indeed I did :)
Unfortunately that did not result in fireworks or a big boom
( which I would have loved to experience.. )
even thou the Dell Inspiron 6000 is notorious for bursting into flames.
Now what I would do is to take a close look at this
(II) RADEON(0): Panel Size from BIOS: 1680x1050 <-- ;)
( wonder why the ati gets this )
Afaik the highest resolution for this laptop is 1600x1200.
Thou i am by a mile any expert on this issue..
Thans (for the welcome)
Oops, I missed that additional info blurb. Still what you are exactly trying to say is not clear to me. So you tried with nomodeset and then it works normally, or you tried with nomodeset and then it still does not work?
If / once you've managed to install F-10 beta (use a text mode install if necessary) does X work in the installed system? I'm pretty sure X / the kernel mode setting is to blame, but I would like to get some confirmation that the installed system behaves the same before reassigning this to X / kernel.
After I added the kernel parameter nomodeset to grub at install time
I was able to install and made 4 successful installs in a row.
X works on the installed systems if I have the nomodeset parameter
If I dont add nomodeset after an successful install the system will
freeze at firstboot.
OK, so this definitely is a modeset bug, changing component to kernel and adding airlied to the CC (although I think he gets the kernel bug mails too).
I think that /var/log/dmesg could be useful.
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If I'm not shooting in the dark here...
[drm] Panel Size 1680x1050 <--- Should be 1600x1200
If I boot/install normally as in without setting nomodeset and force resolution=1600x1200 it centres the install window but
it's not fully stretched and btw the mouse pointer is visible and not limited
inside the now centred menu widget as in I can move the "pointer over the darkness" to the left and right edge of the monitor and top and bottom.
*** Bug 465497 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 465632 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
In various comments above the correct resolution is said to be "1600x1200". Surely this laptop has a 16:10 (widescreen) panel and the correct resolution should be "1920x1200"? Unless there are different versions of the Dell Inspiron 6000, which I have and am experiencing this exact same problem on. I'll try if "nomodeset" works for me.
I had already tried adding resolution=1920x1200 to the installer command line, by the way, but that made no difference in my case.
Last time I checked my LCD was UXGA 1600x1200...
Do you have the Mobile Intel® 915GM/PM/GMS chip?
I'm a little curious about the 1920x1200 res you have on your laptop
afaik the max panel display resolution of this chipset
is 1600x1200 so either you must be using another chipset or just got scammed by Dell
Plus last friday it did an f10-beta installation on my T61p which
has Nvidia quadro card and a resolution of 1920x1200 and anaconda did not
fully stretch on that one so I'm starting to think we are hitting more than one bug....
No, I have an ATI Mobility Radeon X300 chipset, and so do you, according to the X.log file you attached... :-)
Also, 1600x1200 is a 4:3 ratio, and while Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_Inspiron#Inspiron_6000) says there were indeed different versions of the Inspiron 6000 they all had widescreen panels.
I suspect that you have a version of the Inspiron 6000 that has the ATI chipset and a panel with a native resolution of 1680 x 1050 (which was one of the available resolutions according to Wikipedia). Perhaps 1600x1200 refers to the maximum resolution at which the chipset can drive an external display. Could this be the case?
Furthermore, I checked my dmesg output, and it has the line:
[drm] Panel Size 1920x1200
So I think it's likely that the kernel isn't misidentifying the panel size after all, and the bug is elsewhere...
I checked whether nomodeset made a difference, and it does. I can install Fedora 10 Beta if I specify that on the kernel command line for the installation, and for the first boot. After that I can boot successfully whether or not I include it, although if I do, the text mode consoles use a tiny font (but they do use the entire screen).
Anaconda is correctly filled in the display which it did not last time.
Font is off along with X freezes.
Booting with nomodeset i'm able to install without
X to freeze.
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Phone "LCD shoot"
Still an issue with preview...
While performing that install Anaconda froze while installing packages...
Testing now with nomodeset
Manage to install without an freeze with nomodeset set but
the display remains "not fully stretched"
Hum I have a potential idea on what might be causing this Freeze when
not using the nomodeset kp and I think it is the screen-lock or the screen-saver
Is there any reason that this *feature* is in the installer?
I suggest removing it..
It makes no sense to have this in a installer.
*** Bug 470925 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.
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Does it works any better with fedora 11 ?
Nope the same issue was in F11 installer atleast for both my laptops ( radeon/nouveou )
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