Hang on boot in F13 RC2

Brian C. Huffman bhuffman at graze.net
Mon May 10 10:22:48 UTC 2010

On Mon, 2010-05-10 at 03:49 +0100, Adam Williamson wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-05-09 at 17:42 -0400, Brian C. Huffman wrote:
> > All,
> > 
> > When booting from the F13 RC2 live CD, I get a complete hang (keyboard,
> > video, etc) just before going into gdm.  The plymouth "F" has completely
> > filled and I can see the new animated circular mouse cursor and then the
> > cursor just freezes solid and the system is completely unresponsive.  
> > 
> > I have an nvidia GeForce 8400GS and I suspect nouveau somewhere between
> > the DRM and X.  doing a "rdblacklist=nouveau nouveau.modeset=0" works.
> > 
> > Same system works fine with Ubuntu 10.04 either nouveau or with nvidia's
> > proprietary drivers.
> > 
> > How can I help?
> It would *really* have helped if you'd told us earlier, for one thing -
> basically, now, if we find a blocker bug, we have to slip the release a
> week. The X stack hasn't changed since about last Wednesday, so this bug
> must have been there then. :(
> But, aside from that if you see a cursor, then X has at least half
> started, so - can you boot to runlevel 3, without the blacklisting /
> disabling modeset stuff? If so, then do that, log in, run 'startx' and
> note any errors, and also post /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old after rebooting. 
> Ben, can you please take a look at this problem, and also maybe test RC2
> on your stack of test machines? I don't actually have any NVIDIA systems
> where I am now, though I think jlaska has probably tested on some.
> Thanks.

I don't think this should be a F13 blocker b/c it doesn't work with F12
either.  And it doesn't seem to be exactly reproducible - I tried again
to boot into F13_RC2 and it got past the login screen and then froze
while bringing up the desktop.

Honestly I think it has something to do w/ PCI Express on this
motherboard (MSI P41-C31).  The same card works fine in another system
with an Intel MB.


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