Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 67525
X-Server lhangs system for ATI Rage 128 AGP Video Card
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:43:41 EDT
Description of Problem:
When I start the x-server for a 7.3 system with an ATI Rage 128 AGP video card,
the system hangs
and I have to do a hard reset.
This is the same problem that I saw in 7.2, but there has been an erratum
issued. No erratum has appeared for 7.3 yet.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run Xconfigurator in expert mode, select ATI video card.
2. Boot in runlevel 3.
3. Type startx
Please provide much more details of this problem. Your bug report
does not contain any useful information on reproducing this problem.
I've got many Rage 128 boards here for testing, and all work flawlessly
on RHL 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, and current rawhide. I'll need specific details
of your specific hardware, and how to reproduce the problem. I'll also
need a copy of your X config file and X server log. Please provide
the output of "lspci -vn" also.
Closing bug due to lack of information and response inactivity.
If problem persists, please provide requested information and reopen.
Created attachment 70946 [details]
Output of X-server upon issuing startx
Created attachment 70947 [details]
Created attachment 70948 [details]
Created attachment 70949 [details]
Output of "lspci -vn"
I have provided the requested information. The XF86Config* files were generated
using Xconfigurator, and selecting the ATI Rage 128 AGP card and Hitachi CM715
One other piece of information: When the x-settings were tested during the
installation of 7.3,
they worked. Rebooting the system after installation (to runlevel3) and then
doing a startx caused the system to hang. ie hard reset required. I then reran
Xconfigurator, and tried again with the same
From your log file:
>XFree86 Version 4.1.0 (Red Hat Linux release: 4.1.0-15) / X Window System
>(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6510)
>Release Date: 2 June 2001
Red Hat Linux does not come with XFree86 4.1.0, it comes with
XFree86 4.2.0. You seem to be using Red Hat Linux 7.2 with
an updated Xconfigurator from Red Hat Linux 7.3, or you're using
XFree86 4.1.0-15 from Red Hat Linux 7. erratum in a Red Hat
Linux 7.3 system. Either way, both configurations are not
XFree86 4.2.0 that ships with Red Hat Linux 7.3 should work
fine on this video card. I've got one of these and have just
confirmed it works both with and without DRI enabled. Ran
tuxracer for a while, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
Please properly upgrade your system to a full Red Hat Linux 7.3
install, and try out X 4.2.0 and let me know if it works for you.
Created attachment 73614 [details]
Error log file on starting x-server
Created attachment 73615 [details]
Complete log file from X-server startup
Mea Culpa. I accidentally attached the startx output made when the system was
still at Redhat 7.1
I have attached 2 new log files, called startx.delphi and XFree86.0.log, which
error on starting the xserver for the redhat 7.3 system. As you can see, the
version of XFree is correct..
If this problem is still present, please attach your kernel log file
/var/log/messages, the output of "lsmod" and "lspci -vvn".
Also, if you're running a new release such as Red Hat Linux 8.0 or our
phoebe beta release, or are willing to try them and provide feedback
of the current status of this problem, I can investigate it further.
Thanks in advance.
I am unable to make the system lock up using the information provided above
on an identical video card. I've tested it on RHL 7.3, 8.0, and 9 and
it works fine on all 3 systems. (One system with 3 OS versions installed
The final log file you have provided shows things hanging when DRI is
initialized, which leads me to believe that the kernel DRM is failing for
some reason for you. If this is the case, you can disable DRI in the config
file in order to work around the problem.
Another option is upgrading your system to Red Hat Linux 9, and seeing if
the problem goes away.
At any rate, I can't reproduce this, and it has been over 3 months since
I requested information from you in my last comment, so I'm assuming that
you've either got it working somehow, have upgraded, or the problem isn't
critical to you anymore.
Closing bug as CURRENTRELEASE (upgrade to the current release of
Red Hat Linux 9)
I just tried upgrading this system to Redhat 9. I tried booting from the CD and
entering both graphical mode and text mode. In either case the upgrade hung
almost immediately, just after loading the aic7xxx driver for the scsi
controller. I had to push the reset button to get out of this state. I realize
this is not the same bug, but the saga goes on. There are no error messages to
help me resolve this problem. The only other crash I have had with a Redhat
install was on another system with an AGP video card. I resolved that one by
exchanging the card for the install, and then replacing it once the system was
upgraded. I am going to try the same thing here. I realize this is not the same
bug, but since this was a proposed solution to my problem, I am going to reopen
>almost immediately, just after loading the aic7xxx driver for the scsi
>controller. I had to push the reset button to get out of this state. I realize
The system is locking up after loading the SCSI driver? How is this an
I have now tried 2 different video cards in the system. I tried another AGP card
which I have used before on a system I WAS able to upgrade to Redhat 9. This time
the upgrade hung as before. Then, I switched to a PCI card (ATI Expert Rage 128).
This fixed the problem. The upgrade proceeded normally, and I was able to see
that the point where it hung before was the point at which it probed the video card.
I don't know what the exact problem was with this system. At this point I am
happy with the PCI card. However, as I mentioned above, this is not the first
time I have seen problems with AGP cards.