Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 715113
[Sandybridge] Unable to use only external monitor
Last modified: 2012-08-07 10:44:24 EDT
Description of problem:
Booting a Thinkpad T520 with an external monitor attached (through docking station or directly to the laptop) but the laptop lid closed results in the internal and external displays being active.
When the external monitor is connected when the laptop is booted, the display is mirrored on the internal and external displays. Any attempt to turn off the internal display and use only the external display (and thus higher resolutions) results in either a hang, or a black screen.
When the external monitor is connected after Fedora has booted, it is detected as a second display. Any attempt to make it the primary (other than mirroring the display) and the only display (ie disable internal display) results in either a hang or a black screen.
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Please add drm.debug=0x04 to the kernel command line, restart computer, and attach (if possible from unsuccesful attempt to make it work as you would like it to work):
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Hey Matej, I'm having symptoms related to this that look also quite alot like bug 680333, bug 680569, bug 698985 and bug 703742. They are not all exact dupes but all are related in that they cover the inability to use F-15 with Intel video using only an external display. I have found F-15 to be varying degrees of unusable since day 1 on Lenovo hardware. In any case, I'm providing the logs that should satisfy the NEEDINFO though I really suspect the logs in those other BZ's have similar info (of course I cannot say with certainty and this I would not myself mark them as dupes). Thanks for looking into this.
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Interestingly, I can actually finagle the system into the state I want (external display only display active):
1. drop the resolution of the external display and enable it.
2. turn off laptop display
3. return ext display to full resolution
This works until powersave hits and then upon wake, I get the symptom described. The system is definitely capable of going into the right mode.
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> Hey Matej, I'm having symptoms related to this that look also quite alot like
> bug 680333, bug 680569, bug 698985 and bug 703742. They are not all exact
> dupes but all are related in that they cover the inability to use F-15 with
Please, don't hijack other people's bugs ... it is really difficult to understand when the bug is duplicate or not. Please, file rather your own bug and if you think it is probable refer to other bugs in the text of your submission.
Original reporter of this bug, back to you.
I'm unable to reproduce the original behavior with:
Booting the laptop when not in a docking station with KMS enabled shows normal functionality. 2nd monitor is identified and the display is not mirrored. In gnome, I am able to turn off the internal display and enable only the external display connected to the VGA port on the laptop. I can connect and disconnect this monitor and the laptop behaves as expected (switches to internal display w/o monitor, back to configuration when monitor is re-attached).
I'm unable to verify any functionality with an external monitor connected to the docking station containing the laptop and booting with KMS enabled because of BZ715110.
This BZ might not be relevant anymore.
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