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Old 12-25-2008, 11:11 PM
Moritz Muehlenhoff
 
Default Bug#435280: #435280: black screen after X starts (Radeon Xpress 200M)

On Sat, Aug 11, 2007 at 12:05:06PM -0700, Zack Weinberg wrote:

> I realized that I had the experimental version of the X-server ATI
> video driver installed on this laptop, so I downgraded that package to
> the version in unstable, and the problem went away. Thus, the bug is
> that kernel >=2.6.22 is incompatible with xserver-xorg-video-ati
> >=1:6.6.192-1. For the record, I tried 1:6.6.193-1 as well; it has
> the same problem. I don't know which of the kernel and the driver is
> actually at fault so am duplicating the bug rather than reassigning
> it.
>
> To reiterate, the problem is that with the bad combination of kernel
> and X video driver, after X starts, I get a totally black screen and
> an unresponsive keyboard. The computer is not altogether dead;
> pressing the power button makes it shut down in an orderly manner.

Does this error still occur with more recent kernel/X.org versions?

Cheers,
Moritz




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Old 12-26-2008, 07:53 PM
"Zack Weinberg"
 
Default Bug#435280: #435280: black screen after X starts (Radeon Xpress 200M)

On Thu, Dec 25, 2008 at 4:11 PM, Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org> wrote:
>> To reiterate, the problem is that with the bad combination of kernel
>> and X video driver, after X starts, I get a totally black screen and
>> an unresponsive keyboard. The computer is not altogether dead;
>> pressing the power button makes it shut down in an orderly manner.
>
> Does this error still occur with more recent kernel/X.org versions?

The computer in question is semi-retired and I don't have it with me
right now, so I don't know for sure. However, I would bet that the
answer is yes, but only if one forces the X.org video driver into a
non-default mode. You might want to read over the further
investigation that happened in bug 437321.

zw



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