Bug 832405 - black screen on login screen after updates on 14th June
black screen on login screen after updates on 14th June
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11 (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Reported: 2012-06-15 06:43 EDT by matmenu8
Modified: 2013-08-01 09:36 EDT (History)
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Description matmenu8 2012-06-15 06:43:33 EDT
Description of problem: After boot, screen goes black, i get no login screen. Problem started today, i can remember i did an upgrade of several x11 packages yesterday. Can't get a terminal with ctrl+alt+Fx, don't have time to start repairing/investigate at the moment.
Problem happens with kernel 3.3.7-1 and 3.4.0. restart is possible through ctrl alt del with 3.3.7, not with 3.4.0

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible: install yesterday (14.06.12) updates of xorg, restart with any kernel.

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Expected results: no login screen (goes black after boot) but monitor doesn't enter sleep state.

Additional info: Intel I5 3450 on Asrock pro4/MVP H77 with radeon HD7770
everything was fine since install 2 weeks ago. No additional packages where installed, just updates.
Comment 1 matmenu8 2012-06-16 01:52:51 EDT
it happens with official amd driver 12.6. with default fedora driver on latest kernel.
With Kernel 3.3.7-1, it starts but mouse regulary disappear.
I can't use blender anymore :(
Comment 2 matmenu8 2012-06-16 15:29:12 EDT
uninstalling amd driver in rescue mode and then reinstalling worked for kernel 3.3.7-1 but not 3.4.0-1. the latest kernel won't boot with any driver (fedora libre version or proprietary amd)
Comment 3 John Ellson 2012-07-26 23:30:28 EDT
Similar symptoms occurring with kernel-3.5.0-1.fc17.x86_64 (from koji), but OK with kernel-3.4.6-2.fc17.x86_64.

This is with NVidia proprietary drivers (NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-304.22.run).

NVidia banner screen displays ok across dual screens, then the system hangs before displaying the gdm screen.

I believe the  only difference between working and non-working in my case is the kernel version (which isn't fully consistent with the above description).
Comment 4 John Ellson 2012-07-26 23:50:34 EDT
Also I'm not seeing a problem with kernel-3.4.6-4.fc17.x86_64.  So the hang I'm seeing seems to be caused by kernel-3.5.0-1.fc17.x86_64.
Comment 5 matmenu8 2012-07-29 12:45:45 EDT
For me, problem solved since i installed Catalyst 12.6 from rpmfusion. But i didn't upgraded to kernel 3.5, still using 3.4
Comment 6 John Ellson 2012-07-29 17:25:00 EDT
The hang is not related to the NVidia drivers - I get the same blank screen on the console of a KVM virtual host running rawhide and kernel >= 3.5.0

Just the console is hung - I can still reach the machine by ssh.
Comment 7 Shourya Sarcar 2012-08-06 12:28:30 EDT
I think this is an issue with the Radeon driver in the 3.5.0 kernel. I am not an expert and cannot comment in detail, but this is what I observed:

My system:
CPU : AMD A8-4500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
Dedicated Gfx: VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Device 6840

What I observed:
1. Updating to kernel.x86_64 0:3.5.0-2.fc17 (using yum) caused a black screen at bootup.
2. In recovery mode, I changed grub to take out the "rhgb quiet" options.
3. As far as the naked eye can see the scrolling, I saw that the last log before the blackout is from the Direct Rendering Manager [drm].
4. Stock F17 kernel (3.3.4-5.fc17) continues to work fine although the AMD Catalyst 12.6 driver proprietary driver is not getting installed (different story).

What I did:
1. Downloaded the 3.6.0-rc1 sources from kernel.org
2. Compiled using the .config from "kernel.x86_64 0:3.5.0-2.fc17" butremoved the Radeon driver

What I now see:
1. I am ABLE to boot in and perform normal operations
2. AMD Catalyst 12.6 does not compile against this kernel (but that is a separate issue).

Reading the notes from other users above, I gather that one maybe able to get into the system using ssh etc, but I did not try that.
Comment 8 John Ellson 2012-08-26 15:30:15 EDT
I don't see mention of fc18 updates - otherwise this sounds like issues I was having caused by the polkit Bug #841451.   Workaround was "yum reinstall polkit"

If not that, then I can't help.  My similar bug has been resolved so I'm dropping off this one.
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