Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 767337
Gnome Top Panel Invisible Intermittently
Last modified: 2012-03-20 22:01:21 EDT
I had posted this at the gnome bugzilla and received the following reply, hence my current bug submission --->
--- Comment #4 from Ray Strode [halfline]<email@example.com> 2011-12-12 21:37:03 UTC ---
This is very likely a display driver issue and so we won't be able to help.
Can you file the bug at bugzilla.redhat.com? You should file the bug against
either xorg-x11-server or xorg-x11-drv-nouveau
Version-Release number of selected component: xorg-x11-server-Xorg.x86_64 1.11.2-3.fc16 and xorg-x11-drivers.x86_64 7.4-2.fc15
I installed F16 on a HP Laptop. The install went well and initially worked well. Now after logging in as a user the (very important) text and icons on the top panel is scrambled.
Since the entire usage of Gnome 3 starts on this Top Panel, usage of the system is difficult to impossible. I know where the items are and if I use the mouse they are still active. The issue seems to be only rendering, in a visible fashion.
How reproducible: This is reproducible every login where this unit is concerned. I have successfully installed on another Laptop and I do not have this problem at all.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Logout as a user.
2. Log back in.
3. Problem is back.
4: Log out as a user and restart computer
5: Login as user and problem is back.
Actual results: Top Panel Unusable!
Expected results: Top Panel Usable.
This is the version of the nouveau I missed before.
The Laptop is a HP DV6000.
I am not sure if this bug has been viewed by anyone who could acknowledge it?
I believe one of my machines is suffering the same issue. I've taken a couple of screenshots of my desktop after logging in:
The video chip is an onboard nvidia:
nVidia Corporation C68 [GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a] (rev a2)
(In reply to comment #3)
> I believe one of my machines is suffering the same issue. I've taken a couple
> of screenshots of my desktop after logging in:
> Using driver:
> The video chip is an onboard nvidia:
> nVidia Corporation C68 [GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a] (rev a2)
Yes that is exactly the problem I am having. It is on a friends machine and as such I cannot get the specifics on Video Hardware. I am pleased that you have posted here.
Is your problem intermittent or constant? Mine can change between logons.
Every time so far. I've noticed these in the logs, possibly unrelated:
Jan 2 16:18:49 spooky kernel: [ 26.756171] [drm] nouveau 0000:00:12.0: fail t
Jan 2 16:18:49 spooky kernel: [ 26.756178] [drm] nouveau 0000:00:12.0: valida
Jan 2 16:18:49 spooky kernel: [ 26.756184] [drm] nouveau 0000:00:12.0: valida
Spoke too soon, after a power cut the machine loaded gnome-shell fine. There are no visual glitches at all this time.
The nouveau log messages I included in my last comment are still present.
(In reply to comment #6)
> Spoke too soon, after a power cut the machine loaded gnome-shell fine. There
> are no visual glitches at all this time.
> The nouveau log messages I included in my last comment are still present.
OK. What do you mean "after a power cut"? My problem is intermittent, so see if it returns over the next while.
Strong winds overnight knocked the power off, when I switched it on again the next morning gnome-shell was working fine. I've since rebooted it and the glitches are back. So it is definitely intermittent.
Yes. My friends machine is OK sometimes, but unreliable. Thanks for confirming that. I cannot confirm the messages log as I do not have access to the machine but when I get access I will check.
One thing that I noticed, that is perplexing, is that the Top Panel is OK at the Login page. This I understand is the Gnome Display Manager and not the Desktop Manager, but it is interesting that the Login Screen renders OK and the Desktop does not.
I was unable to find any error messages with regards to 'nouveau' on my friends laptop. Where exactly did you find those messages?
I ran all updates up to yesterday and still no joy. Hope this issue will get resolved soon.
I have discovered what the one common ingredient is when the Top Panel borks. It only borks on machines with nVidia Video cards and not on ATI.
I thought that F16 could run from one basic install on either Video Card Manufacturer's cards but I am wrong. It cannot.
I was able to recreate this condition on a Desktop with a nVidia Corp nv34 [GEForce FX 5500] (rev a1).
Hopefully this can help with your endeavors...
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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 745202 ***
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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 802069 ***