multihead output bug where? kernel? driver? server?

Felix Miata mrmazda at
Sat Feb 28 01:18:11 PST 2015

Whether starting X including this:
xrandr --dpi 144 --output DVI-0 --mode 1920x1080 --above VGA-0 --output VGA-0
--primary --mode 1920x1440 # ati dual

works or not depends on which Radeon gfxcard used, and how new the software.

The cards' info: X600 X1300

rv380 works as expected regardless at least as far back as openSUSE 13.1 k3.12.
openSUSE Tumbleweed 3.19.0:

cedar works as expected as recently as Mageia 4 k3.12 and openSUSE 13.1 k3.12:

Failures in the form of black screen on only one output using rv516 and cedar
in the following:
Fedora 20 k3.17.7 cedar (black VGA):
openSUSE 13.2 k3.16.7 cedar (black VGA):
Fedora 21 cedar (black VGA):
openSUSE Tumbleweed k3.19.0 rv516 (black DVI):
openSUSE Tumbleweed k3.19.0 cedar (black VGA):

All of above pertains to same system, with only changes made being:

1-which OS booted
2-which ATI gfxcard installed

With necessary xrandr output descriptors for Intel, results are as expected
using onboard Intel gfx instead of ATI PCIe cards.

On cedar in Tumbleweed at least, dropping analog output mode from 1920x1440
to 1600x1200 produces expected output.

Is this a known ATI driver bug? Somebody else's bug? WAD? Hardware flaws?
User error?
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