Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 72867
(G100) Native X server fails to work during install
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:46:07 EDT
Description of problem:
I am currently using a HP Vectra VE8 - with Pentium II 350MHz CPU and 128Mb
RAM. Booting from CD #1 and hitting ENTER to proceed with graphical install
gets as far as detecting the correct graphics card - "Matrox Productiva G100"
and the correct monitor via DDC. However, once the X server has started, all I
get on the screen is a mixture of densely-packed green, red, white pixels all
on the right half of the screen which all scroll down very very smoothly. I
doubt that it is a problem with monitor frequencies as the OSD of the monitor
has the Horiz. and Vert. frequencies within acceptable levels according to the
The Num Lock, Scroll Lock and Caps Lock keyboard LEDs fail to cycle properly
when the appropriate keys are hit - I am using standard PS/2 keyboard.
Unfortunately, CTRL+ALT+Fx fail to work at this point so I cannot even start a
shell to perform further diagnostics.
I have tried starting the install with 'linux lowres' and 'linux noprobe' at
the isolinux prompt but the results are the same.
Admittedly, I have never installed Red Hat or any other distro on this machine
so I'm not sure if this is a bug with Red Hat hardware detection or simply with
the X server.
If you require any further information, please feel free to e-mail me at
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert CD #1.
2. Hit ENTER.
3. Wait for the greeny scrolly thingy :)
Actual Results: Greeny scrolly thingy.
Expected Results: The display should be showing the Anaconda welcome screen
instead of the greeny scrolly thingy.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of an interactive console, I couldn't run any
further diagnostics at this point. I welcome any suggestions you may have.
Sounds like an X server issue.
I agree - this is unlikely to be a Red Hat-specific issue.
I found this posting from the xfree-xpert list - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?
I am using Mandrake 8.2 with XFree86 4.2.0. I have a Matrox Productiva G100
card with a NEC MutltiSync XV17+ monitor. The problem I am having is that
occasionally, X doesn't start properly. It locks up with squiggly stuff going
up and down half the screen. I cannot do anything other than turn the computer
off and reboot. This is totally random, but annoying. I had the same problem
with Red Hat 7.2 (XFree86 4.1) and Mandrake 8.1 (also XFree86 4.1). I don't
have this problem when using XFree86 3.3.6
Any ideas about what is happening?
This should probably be directed at the XFree86 folks instead as the Matrox
G100 is allegedly supported by the 'mga' driver.
please attach X server log and config file from after doing a text based
install, and configuring X manually.
Closing report from inactivity and insufficient information. If the
problem persists in Fedora Core 2 test2 or later releases using
X.org X11 6.7.0 or later, please file a new bug report about this
issue at: http://bugs.freedesktop.org against the 'xorg' component,
as that will maximize the chances of some upstream developer who has
this hardware of investigating the issue.
Closing as 'WONTFIX', as Red Hat Linux 8.0 is no longer supported.