Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 495147
Enabling AutoLogin in GDM breaks multihead/xrandr setup
Last modified: 2010-06-28 07:46:47 EDT
Description of problem:
After enabling autologin for GDM and rebooting, the external display connected to my laptop does not show anything. The monitor is on (backlight is on, not in a standby state), but the display shows nothing but black.
From here, I am unable to enable the display using either xrandr from the command line or gnome-display-properties. I can disable the external display, but enabling it again results in the same powered on but not displaying anything state as when Gnome first starts. Gnome/X acts like the display is active (windows and the mouse can be moved on to it, the background image is stretched like it is when an external display is attached).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Using kernel-188.8.131.52-54.fc11.x86_64 with Intel video (GM965) and KMS enabled on a Thinkpad R61 laptop
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Enable an external monitor using xrandr or g-d-p
2. Use the attached custom.conf as /etc/gdm/custom.conf with the "AutoLogin=user_to_log_in" line changed appropriately
2. Reboot/restart GDM with the external monitor still attached
3. See the above problem
External display is not usable
A usable external display
This works under "normal" circumstances, when auto login is disabled. GDM does seem to try to clone the display before performing the automatic login. Perhaps this is part of the problem?
I am not sure if this should be reported as a GDM bug or an Intel/KMS/Xorg bug.
Moving this to the X side for now.
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.
Please attach your X server config file (/etc/X11/xorg.conf, if available) 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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Thanks in advance.
After one of the recent rawhide updates, this problem seems to have cleared up. I have tried this a few times now on a few different external monitors without trouble. GDM still puts the monitors in to clone mode briefly, which seems useless in this case and breaks the "flicker-free" startup. Neither monitor loses power though, so the original bug report seems to be fixed now.
If I see the problem again I will report back.
Created attachment 339738 [details]
Xorg.0.org with blank external display
I was not seeing the problem for a while, but I did when starting my laptop just now. The attachment is the /var/log/Xorg.0.log from this session.
The laptop was started with the extra display connected and powered on. The laptop was running on battery power, for what that is worth. I don't think there has been any correlation with power state and this problem occurring though.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.
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