Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 74886
Gnome fails to start on Kernel 2.4.19 with ATI Radeon Mobility 7500
Last modified: 2015-01-07 19:00:47 EST
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Description of problem:
I've tried to update the kernel to 2.4.19 (downloaded from kernel.org) using
the config scripts from the RedHat 8.0 distrib. (installed from the SRPMS
kernel package 2.4.18-14). The compile proceeds without errors, using the
procedure outlined in the RHN 300 course documentation. All functionality
seems to work fine except when I invoke "startx". After I boot to the new
kernel, gnome fails to start correctly on "startx". I get the RedHat splash
screen then everything stops...I don't get the sequence if icons at the bottom
I should during the loading process. I've killed the server, restarted and
the same result. Gnome still works fine if I boot using Kernel 2.4.18-14.
The only mods I make to the 2.4.19 kernel before I compile are selecting
Pentium 4 as the processor and adding multiple LUN support for SCSI devices.
Everything else is stoch RedHat. I am using a Compaq Presario 1500 with ATI
Radeon Mobility 7500 graphics chip set, 256MB RAM and, Compaq W200 multiport
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Compile 2.4.19 kernel from clean source using RedHat 2.4.18-14 kernel
2.Install kernel 2.4.18 and boot to it.
3.Login and type "startx"
Actual Results: X launches and Gnome starts to loag but hangs on the RedHat
intro/splash screen. No icons across the bottom, like what is supposed to
happen when gnome loads correctly.
Expected Results: X launches and Gnome starts and shows RedHat intro/splash
screen as icons across the bottom indicating gnome's load status/progress.
I can't find any seemingly abnormal or error messages from X, so I'm guessing
the problem is gnome and not X.
If you can't reproduce with our stock kernel, really it's up to you to debug this.
I would suggest an "strace -o /tmp/output -f startx" perhaps, or
look at ~/.xsession-errors