Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 986620
Multiple fedora 19 installation boot methods fail to display anaconda
Last modified: 2015-02-17 11:16:49 EST
Created attachment 776344 [details]
Result of running lspci.txt
Description of problem:
Multiple installation methods all result in a blank screen after boot. The graphical install methods lets me switch to virtual terminals. If I check the shell I can see anaconda running with ps. When I go the F7 terminal, I just get a blank screen.
And if I boot with "linux text" (off of the dvd), I get nothing at all just a blank screen. I can't switch virtual terminals.
If I try a live usb, I just get a momentary distorted screen on boot and then just a blank screen.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Pick a boot method.
Anaconda running in graphical or text mode.
I have been running redhat linux in various incarnations for almost 20 years now. I have never seen such a complete and utter failure. And this is hardware is only a year or two old! Amazing!
Note that this is running Fedora 17 without trouble. I've attached the result of running lspci -v.
I have also experience similar failures to this attempting to install Fedora 19 on multiple other machines. All only a couple years old.
Did you try "Install Fedora 19 in basic graphics mode" under the Troubleshooting menu on the DVD?
Also, could you confirm that your DVD passes the media test?
(In reply to Mark Patton from comment #0)
> And if I boot with "linux text" (off of the dvd), I get nothing at all just
> a blank screen. I can't switch virtual terminals.
To start the installer in text mode from the DVD:
1. At the grub2 "Install Fedora 19" menu item, press Tab.
2. Backspace over "quiet".
3. Type "text".
4. Press Enter.
Xorg and metacity should be running too.
If there are any logs in /tmp, could you attach them? X.log and syslog might be the most informative for this. dmesg output too.
Success! I tried basic graphics mode under troubleshooting and was able to install. I had assumed that "linux text" was equivalent so hadn't bothered earlier.
The machine seems to be running fine. The graphics work. I had some flakiness with restart crashing after installation and requiring a manual reset, but now things seem ok.
Let me know if there's any other information you would like. I've attached the X log and syslog as requested, but these are from the installed system, not from during installation. I'm a little surprised that the graphics would work now, but not during installation when presumably the same X was running.
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Created attachment 776534 [details]
Congratulations and thanks for attaching the logs. This is more likely an X bug, but I will defer to the developers on that.
The logs from the install are in /var/log/anaconda/.
FYI, you are booting with "nomodeset" on the kernel command-line. AFAIK, that doesn't have much effect once the system is booted.
It would be useful though, if you could do a test boot after removing it. You can do that from the grub2 menu by pressing 'e' at the menu item you want to boot, removing "nomodeset" from the "linux" line, and pressing F10 to boot. Removing the "rhgb" and "quiet" options, too, will let you see the boot messages.
 Snippet from attached /var/log/messages:
Jul 21 05:09:37 localhost kernel: [ 0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.9.5-301.fc19.x86_64 root=/dev/sda4 ro rootflags=subvol=root nomodeset rd.md=0 rd.lvm=0 rd.dm=0 vconsole.keymap=us rd.luks=0 vconsole.font=latarcyrheb-sun16 rhgb quiet
(In reply to Mark Patton from comment #4)
> The machine seems to be running fine. The graphics work. I had some
> flakiness with restart crashing after installation and requiring a manual
> reset, but now things seem ok.
If you can reproduce that, please open a new bug.
Sometimes abrt catches crashes, but there is no notification. You can launch abrt from Show Applications by typing "abrt" in the search box. Check the "All problems" checkbox to see crashes that require root permission.
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Uncompressed, text/plain files are easier to open in a web browser.
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With the install kernel (3.9.5-301), there were two kernel Call Traces:
$ egrep 'Command line:|Call Trace:' messages
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Created attachment 776579 [details]
anaconda X11 log
Rebooting and setting the kernel parameters as requested resulted in a distorted screen. I could not switch virtual terminals.
Also, after rebooting again, all my jab devices are failing. Good thing I found a ps2 keyboard. I will open a new bug when I have time.
(In reply to Mark Patton from comment #14)
> Rebooting and setting the kernel parameters as requested resulted in a
> distorted screen. I could not switch virtual terminals.
Thanks, Mark. That sounds like a graphics problem. The appropriate component is probably xorg-x11-drv-intel. You can change the component yourself or wait for an anaconda developer to triage this bug.
> Also, after rebooting again, all my jab devices are failing. Good thing I
> found a ps2 keyboard. I will open a new bug when I have time.
If by "jab", you meant "usb", then that squares with the kernel call traces in your attachments:
Snippet from attached /var/log/messages:
Jul 21 05:11:40 localhost kernel: [ 2.760253] Call Trace:
Jul 21 05:11:40 localhost kernel: [ 2.760256] [<ffffffff8146426b>] usb_suspend_both+0x9b/0x1d0
But they were with kernel 3.9.5-301.
Did that happen with your newest kernel (3.9.9-302)?
You may not need to open a new bug. The call trace here looks almost identical, although the kernel is 3.9.6-200.fc18.x86_64:
Bug 983761 - [abrt] BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at (null)
Attaching your /var/log/messages would suffice ...
Reassigning since this appears to be an issue with Xorg
Sorry for not responding sooner. I haven't been able to reliably recreate the usb issues, but they have something to do with having a usb 3.0 blu-ray writer plugged in. Interestingly enough I also have a kinesis keyboard. If I'm able to get a repeatable failure, I'll open up a new bug report about it and attach the kernel messages.
(In reply to Steve Tyler from comment #16)
> You may not need to open a new bug. The call trace here looks almost
> identical, although the kernel is 3.9.6-200.fc18.x86_64:
> Bug 983761 - [abrt] BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at
> Attaching your /var/log/messages would suffice ...
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