Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 471421
MATROX:G550 Fedora won't install using DVI monitor interface
Last modified: 2010-06-28 06:48:50 EDT
Description of problem:
I am using the DVI interface of Matrox Graphics Board MGA G550 with a Samsung SyncMaster 213T when building a Fedora 10 Beta system.
When anaconda comes to the point where it switches to graphics mode black screen is displayed and nothing else happens. Running anaconda in text mode is OK and so is running it using the VGA interface.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 10-Preview of Nov. 5
Happens all the time.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Insert Fedora 10-Preview DVD
2.Connect the monitor to the DVI connector
Anaconda wellcome screen
With the DVI connector attached, can you switch to tty2 and grab /tmp/X.log and attach it to this bug report? Thanks.
(In reply to comment #1)
> With the DVI connector attached, can you switch to tty2 and grab /tmp/X.log and
> attach it to this bug report? Thanks.
How do I switch to tty2?
Created attachment 323499 [details]
X.log as requested.
Just to clarify: This is *not* the same as bug #466318 which dealt with the same graphics card but in analogue mode and has been duly fixed. This time the bug is with digital mode.
I'm having trouble installing Fedora Preview-10 with a DVI monitor too. It simply doesn't work.
I've tried different resolutions as command line parameters: resolution=1280x960, but it still doesn't work - the resolution 1280x960 works on my current Fedora 9 installation, but I'm also experiencing trouble on my F9 - when I switch to any of the ttyX's, the screen is flashing, as if the Xserver is trying to start, but fails.
My video card is based on the ATI Radeon 9200 SE.
My monitor is an Acer AL2023WA.
Created attachment 323606 [details]
My X.log from Fedora Preview-10 installation effort
Attached my X.log in order to provide more data for debugging.
I have now tried Fedora 10 Desktop BETA CD, and Fedora 9 BETA installation CD. They both suffer from the same problem as described above with my Fedora 10 Preview DVD.
So I tried an Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop i386 live CD. Same problem.
I then tried the Ubuntu 8.04 CD in "Safe graphics mode" - and it works!
So it looks to me like it's possible for Linux to get into graphical mode of some kind with my DVI hardware setup.
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:
Any progress so far with this bug?
Ahem, we are rapidly approaching release of F11. Any chance the bug is fixed in F11?
I just tested F11-preview, and I can report that this bug remains in F11-preview.
Do we have to clone this to a separate bug report for F11-preview, or is it possible step up the version info for this one?
Martin, your bug is unrelated; this is an mga bug, not a radeon bug.
*** Bug 495770 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.
More information and reason for this action is here:
Since this bugzilla report was filed, there have been several major updates in various components of the Xorg system, which may have resolved this issue. Users who have experienced this problem are encouraged to upgrade their system to the latest version of their packages. For packages from updates-testing repository you can use command
yum upgrade --enablerepo='*-updates-testing'
Alternatively, you can also try to test whether this bug is reproducible with the upcoming Fedora 12 distribution by downloading LiveMedia of F12 Beta available at http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/ . By using that you get all the latest packages without need to install anything on your computer. For more information on using LiveMedia take a look at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraLiveCD .
Please, if you experience this problem on the up-to-date system, let us now in the comment for this bug, or whether the upgraded system works for you.
If you won't be able to reply in one month, I will have to close this bug as INSUFFICIENT_DATA. Thank you.
[This is a bulk message for all open Fedora Rawhide Xorg-related bugs. I'm adding myself to the CC list for each bug, so I'll see any comments you make after this and do my best to make sure every issue gets proper attention.]
Don't close it as INSUFFICIENT_DATA! Close IT as NO_INTEREST_IN_FIXING.
I guess, it means you can reproduce it, right? :)
No, I won't close it until there is any interest in it.
Actually, I've given up waiting for a fix. A gave my good old Matrox G550 to a friend of mine running Windows.
Erik, I'm sorry that it didn't get fixed. Unfortunately, open source simply doesn't work that way.
If you were a developer, you also would have no interest in hardware you don't own, or you don't get paid to work on. The problem here is that very few, if any, X developers use Matrox cards, and driver development itself isn't very active, as you can see:
Fedora is just picking upstream changes here, and community patches. If there was someone in Fedora community interested in working on Matrox driver, it would get fixed.
A bit off topic, but that's exactly why KDE developers once said that KDE could survive a long time without it's users, but not a single day without it's developers.
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