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Re: Some bugs, where to file them?



On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 21:49:27 +0100, Kyrre Ness Sjobak
<kyrre solution-forge net> wrote:
> I have had some difficulties with installing a box with a "RIVA128" gfx
> card.
> 
> The install process itself goes all well. Problems turns up when it has
> finished installing packages (which took a couple of hours, using NFS...
> Dead-slow machine...), and reboots.
> 
> When it has rebooted, it comes to a point where it says "configuring
> kernel parametres". And there it stops (i had it hanging there for a
> weekend, just to be shure. It was still hung when i got back on monday
> ;)

did you try manually switching over to vt7 or vt8? Are you sure its
hanging and not just failing to switch over to the X display
correctly?  You have to be careful... the kernel boot parameters 
quiet and rhgb  change the level of information you get and where it
goes.
On boots that use quiet and rhgb, the last console text you see before
switching over to the graphical startup is the kernel parameter line
as you describe. If there is a problem with rhgb or if there is a
problem switching over to to the graphical display, you don't
necessarily expect to see anything else at the console.

And you have to be careful interpreting what happens if firstboot is
expected to run as well.
If there is a display problem.. or a problem switching automatically
to the graphical display.. firstboot could be running..sitting
there... waiting for input from the user. And since firstboot runs as
a script before the mingetty statements in inittab are parsed... its
difficult to know if the system is really hanging or not... unless you
attempt to login from a remote machine via ssh or something similar.

It's difficult to know if your system really is hanging.. or if there
is a small problem with the display drivers that is affecting X
startup for rhgb and firstboot.. without some more information.  Doing
a fresh install and booting without the boot options quiet and rhgb
would be interesting... to see if firstboot behaves without running
rhgb. Similarly doing an install and preventing firstboot from running
to see if X starts up correctly would be useful.

-jef


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