Bug#412228: xserver-xorg-video-ati: fails to start and nearly hangs machine

Mario Frasca mfrasca at zonnet.nl
Sat Feb 24 09:34:36 PST 2007

Package: xserver-xorg-video-ati
Version: 1:6.6.3-2
Severity: important

I have no idea what to describe...  I'm used to start the machine with
a graphical prompt (gdm).  if I use the ati Driver, the x server does
not start, the machine becomes unresponsive and all I can do is go to an
other machine, log remotely in, correct the Driver line to "fbdev", ...,
then I did not understand if I have to wait (that gdm respawns the login)
or if I have to kill the half started and totally unusable X server.

the first time the fbdev driver starts up after ati it is also not usable,
but I bet this to be caused by problems left by the ati driver...

this problem appeared after a new install.  on the same machine but with
an other hard disk I was using the ati driver...  after the reinstallation
(first days of january) I could not use ati any more and had to go back
to fbdev (where bug 327497 had luckly been solved...)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers proposed-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'proposed-updates'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: powerpc (ppc)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-3-powerpc
Locale: LANG=en_DK.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_DK.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages xserver-xorg-video-ati depends on:
ii  libc6                       2.3.6.ds1-13 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  xserver-xorg-core           2:1.1.1-18   X.Org X server -- core server

xserver-xorg-video-ati recommends no packages.

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