Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 495032
No mouse cursor, then lock-up
Last modified: 2009-06-08 14:43:03 EDT
Description of problem:
Starting anaconda with "Install or upgrade an existing system" results in no visible mouse cursor. There *is* a mouse, since I can actually click on things if I get lucky (e.g., Timezone selection), but it's invisible. Using keyboard shortcuts is more certain, but eventually anaconda locks up.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
188.8.131.52 (on the Beta DVD)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Choose "Install or upgrade an existing system"
2. Observe the lack of a cursor
3. Observe the eventual lock-up
No cursor. Locks up.
Cursor. No lockup.
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics
Controller (rev 02)
The display is 1600x1200, which anaconda uses.
Passing lowres as an option has no effect.
Passing resolution=<mode> has no effect. (Tried 800x600 and 1024x768.)
I had slightly more success adding nomodeset. nomodeset gives me a usable cursor, unfortunately the machine eventually locks up while detecting storage devices. This time there's a sort of checkerboard pattern filling the screen and a clearly visible "watch" cursor. nomodeset results in really heavy DVD activity that causes about 5 minutes between screens (before the lock-up), too.
I eventually had the most success with xdriver=vesa (but see Bug 495019).
Is the mouse cursor ever present? Does it start out there and then disappears at a particular point?
Without nomodeset (or xdriver=vesa), the mouse cursor is never there.
I can observe the effects of the mouse, like a combobox changing color when the mouse is over it or the cities changing on the timezone map, but not the mouse itself.
I've had the same problem on both a Dell Optiplex GX270 and Dell Dimension B110, which share the Intel 865G graphics. However, the "Install system with basic video driver" option works for me (at least in the B110), without the issue described in Bug 495019. If it makes a difference, the monitor on each of those machines is only 1280x1024.
As soon as the B110 is done with the install, I'll let you know if I have similar success on the GX270.
Optiplex GX260, same 865 graphics, and no mouse cursor when using no config file.
I should have added, F11Beta+rawhide updates, i386.
Thanks for the bug report. We have reviewed the information you have provided above, and there is some additional information we require that will be helpful in our diagnosis of this issue.
When the anaconda crashes, please, switch to the console (Ctrl+Alt+F2) and copy /tmp/X* and /var/log/anaconda.xlog to some other place -- USB stick, some other computer via network, some on the Internet, and please attach it to the bug report as individual uncompressed file attachments using the bugzilla file attachment link below.
We will review this issue again once you've had a chance to attach this information.
Thanks in advance.
Created attachment 340423 [details]
/tmp/X.log from running anaconda
When anaconda locks up, the only button that does anything is the power button. Alt-Ctrl-F2 (and any keyboard key) does nothing.
However, before anaconda crashes, Alt-Ctrl-F2 works fine. I'm attaching /tmp/X.log, which I suspect eventually becomes /var/log/anaconda.xlog. While anaconda is running, there is no /var/log directory.
Created attachment 340427 [details]
/tmp/anaconda.log from running anaconda
For good measure, here's a copy of /tmp/anaconda.log. I tried installing twice this time. The first attempt locked up on the timezone map. The second attempt locked up on the root password. The attached files are from the second attempt before it locked up. No attempt I've ever done has made it past disk setup (at least not with the intel driver).
Looking through the X.log file, here's what I notice.
The video card has 1M of RAM, but the intel driver seems to think it has 4G of RAM. Should I be amazed it worked at all?
Created attachment 342754 [details]
anaconda.xlog from Preview installation
On the Preview DVD, passing in "nomodeset" to anaconda results in the mouse being visible on my machine. Also anaconda does not lockup.
The attached anaconda.xlog is from the Preview DVD installation run (with "nomodeset"). There are two things to note.
1. The reported VideoRAM is 128M, despite the real value being 1M.
Still, it's an improvement over reporting that there's 4G of VideoRAM.
I'm a bit perplexed how anaconda worked in 1600x1200x32 mode with 1M of RAM.
(BTW this is a machine that spends its life at runlevel 3.)
2. The xlog file ends rather abruptly with a strange error, even though
anaconda seemed to run okay graphically.
Without "nomodeset" the mouse is still invisible. I didn't check to see if installation still locks up under that condition.
The missing cursor bug is fully known and has its own report:
the reported amount of memory is, according to ajax, almost certainly irrelevant. For the record, Intel graphics chips do not come with dedicated video RAM, they share system memory, and can use as much or as little as they need.
I think the only unresolved issues with this bug were those that ended up being the same as Bug 488980. Closing this one as a dupe.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 488980 ***