Strange problem with KDE/X/Totem

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Sun Feb 27 03:06:22 UTC 2005

On Saturday 26 February 2005 21:24, Jim Cornette wrote:
>Tor Harald Thorland wrote:
>> Hi,
>> When i start my computer and logs in to kde, everything is fine,
>> and I can switch to consoles (alt+ctl+f2 etc.)
>> If I then try to start totem, or try to acces streaming video in
>> firefox (with mplayer) or similar, kde logs out, and i need to
>> login again. Now after the login it is not possile to go to the
>> consoles. When i try the screen freezes until i go back to kde.
>> Also, when i try to shutdown after this I can see a title bar of a
>> window with Totem... as the heading. (I cannot se the normal
>> shutdown, (the messages when it shuts down things)
>> Computer: Fujitsu Siemens Amilo A7600
>> Videocard ATI Radeon M320 (Detected and setup as Ati Mobility U1)
>> Kernel 2.6.9-1.667 (since the no. .10 kernel hangs at boot)
>> Have booted with ACPI=off  noapic
>> [tortho at localhost ~]$ /sbin/lspci
>> 00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc AGP Bridge [IGP 320M]
>> (rev 13) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc PCI Bridge [IGP
>> 320M] (rev 01) 00:02.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1
>> Controller (rev 03) 00:03.0 Modem: ALi Corporation M5457 AC'97
>> Modem Controller 00:04.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE
>> (rev c4) 00:06.0 Bridge: ALi Corporation M7101 Power Management
>> Controller [PMU] 00:07.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation M1533 PCI to
>> ISA Bridge [Aladdin IV] 00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: ALi
>> Corporation M5451 PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device (rev 02)
>> 00:09.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
>> RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
>> 00:0a.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394
>> Host Controller (rev 46)
>> 00:0b.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1420 Cardbus
>> Controller (rev 01)
>> 00:0b.1 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1420 Cardbus
>> Controller (rev 01)
>> 00:0f.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev
>> 03) 01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon
>> Mobility U1
>> THT
>At least you are able to change back to X and run KDE. With a
> similar card type. I can change from GNOME to a terminal, use the
> terminal. My problem happens when I change back to the GUI, the
> upper portion of the screen has residual information. The residual
> display takes up about the same screen real estate as is occupied
> by the upper GNOME panel. I need to power off uncleanly in order to
> escape the resulting lockup.
>I run in runlevel 3. Are you starting in graphics mode or to initial
>terminals? My question is mainly so I can figure which component is
> most likely causing the malfunction. With you running KDE and
> having locked terminals, but could return to KDE and I can exit
> from Gnome to terminal, but not return successfully to the GUI are
> sort of opposite symptoms for users of similar video cards.
>I don't have the problem with totem though as you described.
>01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon
> Mobility U1
>We are experiencing system trouble -- do not adjust your terminal.

Generally speaking, such problems have been brought about here by 
using the wrong framebuffer when I built the kernel.  I suspect thats 
the problem here also. Since its an ati, although not the same as 
mine, here are the 'FB' options from my working kernel .config for 


Now, as to the actual correctness, damnedifiknow.  But its been 
working here for about a year with no glitches when I switch in and 
out of X.  X is currently the 6.8.1 release from, locally built 
and has been bulletproof so far.

Cheers, Gene
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