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Levon Ghazaryan 08-05-2010 09:43 AM

startx / X -config /root/ crash on T410 intel Arrandale (custom kernel)
Thanks Duncan for hints and the thorough reply, I am also pretty sure
it's a kernel crash.
No logs are leaved, and indeed as I read on the only way
is to log remotely (there is also a guide how).

in meantime i tried to use a different kernel, though the same version but
vanilla source, the effect was the same.

But i could run ubuntu from the life-cd, it uses the 2.6.32-21, so
it seems to me you are right, and it is KMS "crashing" the kernel.

I'll post the results of my trials this weekend, and many thanks meanwhile,


On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 9:51 AM, Duncan <> wrote:
> Levon Ghazaryan posted on Wed, 04 Aug 2010 13:27:18 +0200 as excerpted:
>> on 2.6.34-r1, ThinkPad T410 with Intel Arrandale with a custom kernel
>> the laptop freezes on startx or X -retro -config /root/
>> (with a fresh created with Xorg -config).
>> as this happens I'm not able to switch the tty, the laptop doesn't
>> respond to ping and caps lock is constantly blinking.
> Won't even respond to ping. *That's definitely a hard lockup. =:^(
> Unfortunately, such lockups often don't leave a lot in the way of logs,
> because whatever triggers them panics the kernel to the point it can't
> trust itself to write log entries (good thing too, at that point it's
> generally so confused who knows where it might scribble on the disk,
> precisely the reason it doesn't write anything if it doesn't trust itself
> to do so correctly) detailing what went wrong.
> But you can tell it doesn't respond to pings, which presumably means you
> have at least one other machine available. *It's often possible in such
> cases to take a log remotely, and sometimes get an entry with the problem
> via the remote connection as the kernel's going down, since the kernel
> knows that writing to a network connection can't scribble where it's not
> supposed to on the disk, like trying to right a log entry to disk might do
> at that point.
> Unfortunately I don't know those details, as it's only relatively recently
> that I have both a netbook and a desktop, to be able to do such things,
> and I've not actually done them yet. *But I do know it's possible, and you
> can look into it further if you find it necessary.
>> there is no error in /var/log/Xorg.0.log
> One wouldn't be expected in such a case, for the reasons I mention above.
>> and Xorg -config exits without complaining about anything.
> =:^(
>> I followed the guide at:
>> so I completed all steps mentioned there.
>> at this point I have no idea how to debug, get information what is going
>> an, or what causes the problem - there are no error messages and no log
>> left. the only thing I see is a black screen, a blinking cursor at the
>> top left corner for a moment and a completely black screen after wards
>> and laptop the responds to nothing as a result. the only way that i
>> could get out of this was to hard-reboot using the power button.
>> please post here if you have any ideas what this could be or how can it
>> be figured out what causes the crash.
>> at some point i tried:
>> emerge -e xorg-server
>> but this changed nothing and startx crashes again in the same way.
> Altho my netbook has Intel graphics, I've not had it as long as my main
> machine (AMD, several generations of Radeon graphics), and know rather
> less about Intel graphics than I do Radeons.
> However, both the Radeon and Intel drivers now (with 2.6.34 on the Radeon
> side, I believe earlier for the Intel side) default to KMS, kernel mode
> setting, as opposed to the former UMS, user (xorg) mode setting. *KMS runs
> fine on both my main AMD/Opteron/Radeon machine and my Intel/Atom based
> Acer Aspire One netbook (ICH7 family chipset, 945GME graphics, rev 03),
> but I'm running ~arch on both (~amd64 on the workstation, ~x86 on the
> netbook), and in fact, running the x11 overlay as well, so getting X
> related packages before they're even in the main tree. *With a technology
> as new as is KMS, the newest versions are very likely more stable than
> earlier versions. as the technology itself is still developing and
> stabilizing. *FWIW, xorg-server-1.8.2 (from the x11 overlay), on both
> machines, here, and the xf86-video-*, drm, mesa, and other such packages,
> are equally current, some in-tree already, some from the overlay.
> I'd therefore suggest you look into the KMS/UMS thing. *That may well be
> your problem. * *I believe there's a kernel parameter you can add in grub,
> to turn off KMS and see if that's it. *nokms or no-kms or some such, I've
> not had to use it so IDR for sure.
> Actually, now that I think of it, I believe I've read about a particular
> Intel chipset, the ICH-5 series, IIRC, that has had very serious problems
> with KMS, and either has /just/ fixed them (would likely be with the
> 2.6.35 kernel and/or xorg-1.8 or later and/or comparable xf86-video-intel
> driver, the fix would be that fresh, tho of course some of us have been
> running that stuff for months, now, so it's not necessarily /that/ new),
> or they're still affected and won't yet work with kms at all. *I've no
> clue where Arrandale is relative to ICH-5, but if that's it, you're very
> likely affected and need the nokms boot parameter, at least with xorg
> earlier than the very latest ~arch and x11 overlay stuff, and with kernels
> older than the just release 2.6.35, and might still need it with them.
> --
> Duncan - List replies preferred. * No HTML msgs.
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