Bug#470925: xserver-xorg-video-ati: Radeon 7500 - radeon driver makes the VTs appear in inverted video

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at gmail.com
Wed Mar 19 08:12:30 PDT 2008

On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:33 AM, Géraud Meyer <geraud_meyer at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Alex Deucher wrote:
>  > On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 11:35 AM, Géraud Meyer <geraud_meyer at hotmail.com> wrote:
>  >
>  >> Package: xserver-xorg-video-ati
>  >>  Version: 1:6.8.0-1
>  >>  Severity: normal
>  >>
>  >>  Launching an X server on display 0 (Xorg.0.log attached) and switching
>  >>  to a VT (CTRL-ALT-F1) makes the screen appear in inverted video (red is
>  >>  displayed as cyan, green as magenta, blue as orange).
>  >>
>  >>  Then launching another X server with the vesa driver on display 1
>  >>  (Xorg.1.log attached) and switching back to a VT makes the screen appear
>  >>  normally on the VTs.
>  >>
>  >>  /etc/X11/xorg.conf is attached. A Modeline 1280x1024_60.00 is defined
>  >>  and is the default because the server (with the radeon driver) does use
>  >>  an oversized screen otherwise.
>  >>
>  >
>  > Did this used to work?  If so, what version of the diver were you
>  > using at the time?  Is there any chance you could use git bisect to
>  > track down that change that caused it?
>  >
>  > Alex
>  I am trying the versions in snapshot.debian.net to narrow down the list of suspicious changes.

well, if you know that it worked with version x.y.z, but then stopped
when you upgraded to the latest one that would help.

>  I do not know git nor what steps are required to build a debian package but I am not averse to learning that so that if there is a need for a more precise window you can send me a sketch of the commands that would allow me to track the change(s).

Git bisect is pretty easy, however, you need to know a working version
so you can track down the bad one.  This page give a pretty good
overview of git bisect:
To get, build and install the latest radeon code with git, install
git-core (plus any build dependencies, xorg and xserver devel
packages) and run the following:
git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/xorg/driver/xf86-video-ati
cd xf86-video-ati
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr
make install

Make sure to back up your old drivers first (usually located in


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