Bug 818291 - Newer kernels boot to black screen, NVIDIA GeForce 7050
Newer kernels boot to black screen, NVIDIA GeForce 7050
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11-drv-nouveau (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
unspecified Severity high
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Assigned To: Ben Skeggs
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-05-02 12:04 EDT by mike.freeman.3832
Modified: 2013-02-13 07:50 EST (History)
5 users (show)

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Messages from failing boot (59.68 KB, text/plain)
2012-05-02 23:29 EDT, mike.freeman.3832
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Messages from successful boot (58.79 KB, text/plain)
2012-05-02 23:30 EDT, mike.freeman.3832
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Xorg.0.log from failing boot (35.70 KB, text/plain)
2012-05-02 23:31 EDT, mike.freeman.3832
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Xorg.0.log from successful boot (40.06 KB, text/plain)
2012-05-02 23:32 EDT, mike.freeman.3832
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dmesg output from a successful boot (74.77 KB, text/plain)
2012-05-17 23:16 EDT, mike.freeman.3832
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dmesg output from a failing boot (71.75 KB, text/plain)
2012-05-17 23:17 EDT, mike.freeman.3832
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Description mike.freeman.3832 2012-05-02 12:04:41 EDT
Description of problem:  Kernel image 3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64 boots fine. Anything newer and the display fails, giving me only a black screen.  Trying to switch to a text terminal with ctrl+alt+Fkeys has no apparent effect.  So, there's no way to log in locally (thus the "high" severity).

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):  Kernel image 3.3.2-6.fc16.x86_64 is known to fail. (Other recent updates also fail, but I haven't kept track of exactly the first one to fail.  Sorry.  When a new images came out in rapid succession, I assumed that one of them was going to fix the problem, and just applied them.)

How reproducible:  Try to boot from kernel image newer than 3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Start computer
2.  Let GRUB default to newest kernel image
3.  ???
4.  Profit!
Actual results:  Black screen.  (No "X".  No cursor.  No TTYs.)

Expected results:  Twinkly Fedora logo on calming blue background.

Additional info:

Comparison of messages and Xorg.0.log from a successful and a failed boot show almost no differences.  There are no unique errors reported when display fails.  (Meaning, there are errors in the logs, but they occur during successful boots, too.)

Oddly, a failing kernel image detects an HDMI connector, but no DVI.  A working kernel image detects a DVI connector, but no HDMI.  However, while there is an HDMI connector present, there is *not* a DVI connector, and, for added fun, the monitor is actually connected to a D-SUB connector.

Some logs available.  Let me know what might be useful.
Comment 1 mike.freeman.3832 2012-05-02 23:29:37 EDT
Created attachment 581763 [details]
Messages from failing boot
Comment 2 mike.freeman.3832 2012-05-02 23:30:39 EDT
Created attachment 581764 [details]
Messages from successful boot
Comment 3 mike.freeman.3832 2012-05-02 23:31:21 EDT
Created attachment 581765 [details]
Xorg.0.log from failing boot
Comment 4 mike.freeman.3832 2012-05-02 23:32:02 EDT
Created attachment 581766 [details]
Xorg.0.log from successful boot
Comment 5 mike.freeman.3832 2012-05-17 17:14:09 EDT
This may be related to: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=806091

The attached failing log includes lines about the HDMI port, while the working log doesn't.
Comment 6 mike.freeman.3832 2012-05-17 23:16:38 EDT
Created attachment 585325 [details]
dmesg output from a successful boot
Comment 7 mike.freeman.3832 2012-05-17 23:17:38 EDT
Created attachment 585326 [details]
dmesg output from a failing boot
Comment 8 Erwin Waterlander 2012-11-30 16:08:30 EST

I have seen this problem too with F16 (64 bit) and still have the problem with the latest Fedora 17 64-bit, including all updates.

During boot or at least within 5 minutes I get a black screen. There is no way out other than to reboot. Ctrl-Alt-Delete sometimes works. It also happened during install/upgrade with Anaconda.

I have a GeForce GT220. It doesn't matter if I use the HDMI, DVI or both outputs.

My only workaround is to install the driver from nvidia.com. I have to re-install it after every kernel update. When I boot in text mode I have a few minutes more before the system freezes to a black screen. Just enough to install the driver from nvidia.com.


Erwin Waterlander
Comment 9 Adam Williamson 2012-11-30 22:59:04 EST
Erwin: you have a card of a completely different generation, and therefore your bug is very unlikely to be the same as Mike's. 'It boots to a black screen' is a very generic symptom and is a very poor indicator that two bugs are the same bug. There have been, over the years, thousands of completely different bugs for which the symptom was 'it boots to a black screen'.

Especially since in your case, apparently, it doesn't really *boot* to a black screen, but somehow winds up at one shortly after boot.

Please file a separate bug, with all information requested at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_debug_Xorg_problems . Thanks.
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