Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 607398
Upgrade from fc12 to fc13 freezes screen
Last modified: 2018-04-11 06:05:07 EDT
Created attachment 426432 [details]
Description of problem:
Used preupgrade to upgrade to Fedora 13 from 12. As my boot partition is only 200megs, used tricks in upgrade documentation to get the installer to upload. That worked fine, however, after upgrade and boot the display froze on the swirly splash screen. The old xorg.conf was in place but failed. Mouse movement at first until the splash screen came up then the cursor froze also.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
On every reboot. Had to use power switch to reboot. Luckily single-user mode still worked and reviewed the Xorg.0.log after each boot.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Upgrade to Fedora 13 - 188.8.131.52-124.fc13.i686 using preupgrade.
2. Automatic reboot = frozen screen
Frozen Swirly (Fedora 13) Splash Screen
gnome login screen
After many attempts and changes to the xorg.conf file I deleted it and everything came up fine. Searching the bug reports I saw nothing that documented this problem, so for others I thought I would report it and my solution.
Created attachment 426433 [details]
xorg.conf that worked for Fedora 12 but not 13
Created attachment 426434 [details]
Xorg log file after deleting the xorg.conf file
What was interesting about this bug, there were not Xorg log files created when it failed, nor any messages in the messages file indicating a problem.
Seems like there are a whole lot of problems with my i810 chip with each new upgrade. Sad to say, but my Windows 7 machine has been much more stable than either Fedora 12 or 13. Maybe it is time to upgrade my harware.
After a reboot however, it didn't start X automatically and just gave me a login prompt. From there I had to start X (with startx). How do I solve that if I have no xorg.conf?
If you start Fedora without xorg.conf whatsoever and you won't get Xorg in runlevel 5, there is a serious bug.
Please add drm.debug=0x04 to the kernel command line, restart computer, and attach
* X server log file (/var/log/Xorg.*.log; just to be sure nothing changed)
* output of the dmesg command, and
* system log (/var/log/messages)
to the bug report as individual uncompressed file attachments using the bugzilla file attachment link above.
We will review this issue again once you've had a chance to attach this information.
Thanks in advance.
Created attachment 426702 [details]
All logs requested. messages, Xorg.0.*, dmesg output.
This was before a "startx" command.
Now startx doesn't work! Now reboot with the power switch and startx works. When the gnome display manager comes up it does so with 3 kernel panic messages which are uploaded. Other than that everything seems to be back to "normal".
Created attachment 426708 [details]
Kernel messages after gnome comes up in the bug manager.
This is related to the "kernel: serial8250: too much work for irq" bug that was caused by a 56KB Dell modem. It seems sometimes I could get it to boot and go into X but only by doing a boot-level 3 and then a startx. But when I removed the phone line I wasn't able to bring up X at all. So I removed the modem, and it seems to work fine. Thanks for your help and Bugzilla for giving this hint.
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