Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 505679
[PATCH] Primary video card detection interacts badly with IsolateDevice
Last modified: 2015-02-18 06:59:21 EST
Created attachment 347672 [details]
Patch to fix primary video card detection when IsolateDevice is set
I am using Fedora 11 with xorg-x11-server-Xorg-220.127.116.111-1.fc11.x86_64.
In the source file xserver/hw/xfree86/common/xf86pciBus.c, the function xf86PciProbe() attempts to discover the video cards in the system and determine which one is the primary (boot) video card. Part of the logic is "if there is only one valid card, it must be primary". However, the functionality of the IsolateDevice config and commandline options is to hide all but one card from xf86PciProbe(). The result is that whenever IsolateDevice is used, the card specified is marked as primary even if it is not the boot card.
I've attached a small patch to change the logic to "if there is only one valid card, and IsolateDevice is not specified, then it must be primary." This solves a problem for me with a dual seat Fedora 11 setup using dual radeon HD cards. The radeonhd driver looks for its copy of the video BIOS in different places depending on whether the card is primary or secondary. So without this patch, when X is run with IsolateDevice on the secondary card, radeonhd looks for the video BIOS in the wrong place, causing failure.
The attached patch, xserver-1.6.1-primary2.patch, depends on being applied after fedora's rewrite of the primary card detection logic, xserver-1.6.0-primary.patch, which is already part of the xorg-x11-server SRPM. So perhaps they should be integrated.
*** Bug 468943 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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OK, I downloaded the latest Fedora LiveCD, desktop-x86_64-20091104.16.iso. The problem is still present; when using IsolateDevice on the secondary card, the xorg server incorrectly marks the card as a primary card. This confuses at least the radeonhd driver, which I use. So my patch is still required.
Matej, who can look into implementing this patch then?
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