Description of problem:
While testing the F13 intel graphics test iso on my industrial PC I was unable to get KMS or X working. After some investigations, It became clear that due to a buggy BIOS, ACPI wasn't enabled. With ACPI disabled, modprobeing the i915 module would produce ENODEV error messages, there seemed to be a dependency chain from i915->drm->acpi video.
Booting with acpi=force enabled ACPI and the i915 drm module loaded
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F13 intel graphics test day ISO.
Steps to Reproduce:
Normal text mode and no X.
KMS should have been enabled from boot.
A new version of the Intel driver, xorg-x11-drv-intel-2.11.0-1.fc13, has just been added: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/xorg-x11-drv-intel-2.11.0-1.fc13 . Can you please test with this version and see if the bug is reproducible? If you have an installed Fedora 13, you can download and install the driver from the Koji link. If you are testing with live images, the nightly live images from 2010-04-17 (or possibly 2010-04-18) onwards should include this version: http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/desktop/ . This comment is being added to all open Fedora 13 intel bugs, please ignore if it does not make sense in the context of your bug.
Actually a kernel bug, should treat "missing year" as non-fatal and still try to bring up ACPI.
the way the reporter's phrased it, he considers the 'bug' to be that i915 won't load if ACPI isn't enabled. If you state that that's unavoidable (ACPI needs to be enabled for i915 / KMS to work), then I'm comfortable with adjusting this report to be about the reason ACPI wasn't enabled for the reporter...
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This is still a problem on F14.
Was banging my head off a unit that wouldn't load and had forgotten about this bug.
To be clear, if ACPI fails to load, the chain of dependency seems to be as follows
ACPI -> ACPI Video -> drm -> i915
If this is a requirement then it probably just needs to be documented clearly as a point of failure. Adding "acpi=force" resolves the issue.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 19 development cycle.
Changing version to '19'.
(As we did not run this process for some time, it could affect also pre-Fedora 19 development
cycle bugs. We are very sorry. It will help us with cleanup during Fedora 19 End Of Life. Thank you.)
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Marking this as closed/wontfix.
As Adam says in comment #3, the i915 essentially explicitly requires ACPI. As a result working around it with acpi=force for these older devices isn't a problem.