[Bug 105217] New: Blank screen with only mouse pointer after 7.10 radeon driver update (mesa 17.2.8); display does not switch to tty7 upon lightdm start; Xorg.0.log quickly grows

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Thu Feb 22 22:35:06 UTC 2018


            Bug ID: 105217
           Summary: Blank screen with only mouse pointer after 7.10 radeon
                    driver update (mesa 17.2.8); display does not switch
                    to tty7 upon lightdm start; Xorg.0.log quickly grows
           Product: xorg
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64)
                OS: Linux (All)
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: medium
         Component: Driver/Radeon
          Assignee: xorg-driver-ati at lists.x.org
          Reporter: james.coulthard at verizon.net
        QA Contact: xorg-team at lists.x.org

Created attachment 137544
  --> https://bugs.freedesktop.org/attachment.cgi?id=137544&action=edit

I get a blank screen with only mouse pointer upon boot, after the splash. This
started after the mesa driver update on 2/15/18, which included
xserver-xorg-video-radeon-hwe-16.04:amd64 1:7.10.0-1~16.04.1. (7.10 of the
radeon driver) The display does not appear to switch to tty7 upon lightdm
 Xorg.0.log quickly grows and continues to grow.

I believe `lightdm` is not starting `Xorg` on the correct display, but, I don't
know how to determine this from the logs.

Here is the command line `lightdm` uses to launch `Xorg`:

    ~$ ps -ef | grep lightdm
    root 1261 1 0 18:23 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/lightdm
    root 1316 1261 6 18:23 tty7 00:00:03 /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg -core :0 -seat
seat0 -auth /var/run/lightdm/root/:0 -nolisten tcp vt7 -novtswitch
    root 1350 1261 0 18:23 ? 00:00:00 lightdm --session-child 12 15

*OCCURRENCE ON 2/15/18:*

I performed a normal upgrade on 2/15/18 through the software manager in Ubuntu

It upgraded the following libraries (`/var/log/dpkg.log [pkg][old ver][new

    libegl1-mesa-dev:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libwayland-egl1-mesa:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libwayland-egl1-mesa:i386 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libegl1-mesa:i386 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libegl1-mesa:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libgbm1:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libgbm1:i386 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libosmesa6:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libosmesa6:i386 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libgles2-mesa:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libglapi-mesa:i386 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libglapi-mesa:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libgl1-mesa-dri:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    libxatracker2:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    linux-firmware:all 1.157.15 1.157.16
    mesa-vdpau-drivers:i386 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    mesa-vdpau-drivers:amd64 17.2.4-0ubuntu1~16.04.4 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
    xserver-xorg-video-radeon-hwe-16.04:amd64 1:7.9.0-0ubuntu1~16.04.1 
    xserver-xorg-video-ati-hwe-16.04:amd64 1:7.9.0-0ubuntu1~16.04.1

I should note, this is *not* the compiz/unity update package list. It is the
mesa drivers.

Upon reboot, I started getting a blank screen with only a mouse pointer when
the display manager started.

I press <kbd>CTRL</kbd>+<kbd>ALT</kbd>+<kbd>F1</kbd> to go into console, and I
can find the following in the `Xorg.0.log`:

    [ 4800.851] (WW) RADEON(0): flip queue failed: Invalid argument
    [ 4800.851] (WW) RADEON(0): Page flip failed: Invalid argument

These warning messages are *constantly* streaming into the log file, and it
*keeps growing*. This wasn't present before the library update. I have provided
a log file.

Video h/w on my laptop:


       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: RV516/M64-S [Mobility Radeon X2300]
       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci at 0000:01:00.0
       version: 00
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:d0000000-d3ffffff ioport:4000(size=256)
memory:d8300000-d830ffff memory:c0000-dffff

1st lines of modinfo output:

    license: GPL and additional rights
    description: ATI Radeon

*UPDATE 2/16/18:*

I appear to be booting to the wrong VT display. All of the symptoms above are
true; however, if I perform a <kbd>CTRL</kbd>+<kbd>ALT</kbd>+<kbd>F1</kbd> (up
to <kbd>F6</kbd>) at startup and then immediately perform a
<kbd>CTRL</kbd>+<kbd>ALT</kbd>+<kbd>F7</kbd>, which switches the VT, I go to my
normal desktop as if it had booted correctly.
<kbd>CTRL</kbd>+<kbd>ALT</kbd>+<kbd>F7</kbd> without first going to console
does not do anything. Lightdm seems to start Xorg on the wrong display. I tried
a vt.handoff=7 on the linux kernel command line, and this did not help.

Here is the output of `w` immediately after pressing
<kbd>CTRL</kbd>+<kbd>ALT</kbd>+<kbd>F7</kbd> and going to the normal desktop:

     09:38:01 up 44 min, 1 user, load average: 0.60, 0.67, 0.82
    user1 tty7 :0 08:53 44:14 6:16 0.29s /sbin/upstart -

This display listing appears normal.

I should note that compiz and unity still seem to function. The desktop is
fully available and already loaded when I switch to tty7, but its just blank
with a mouse cursor without switching the VT.

*UPDATE 2/19/18:*

I don't believe this to be a duplicate of the compiz/unity issue. The issue I
observed resulted from the mesa driver update on the morning of 2/15/18. The
compiz/unity update has yet to be applied to my system. In fact, there is one
other post that looks to be the same issue as I am seeing, it is:

I think something is hosed with the 7.10 radeon driver in mesa 17.2.8, but I
can't find the 17.2.4 pkgs to roll back and test the theory. The 17.2.4 was
pulled from updates and proposed lines. I'm hesitant to rollback to 11.2.

The warning string in the Xorg.0.log, "flip queue failed", is found in the
following driver:
found in package: xserver-xorg-video-radeon-hwe-16.04

This module is loaded in Xorg on my machine. I downloaded the source and looked
through the code.

Specifically, the source file:

    ./src/drmmode_display.c:    xf86DrvMsg(scrn->scrnIndex, X_WARNING, "flip
queue failed: %s\n",

Line 3093 in the source code of `drmmode_display.c`:

     xf86DrvMsg(scrn->scrnIndex, X_WARNING, "flip queue failed: %s\n",

     if (drm_queue_seq)
     else if (crtc)
      drmmode_flip_abort(crtc, flipdata);
     else {
      abort(NULL, data);
      drmmode_fb_reference(pRADEONEnt->fd, &flipdata->fb, NULL);

     xf86DrvMsg(scrn->scrnIndex, X_WARNING, "Page flip failed: %s\n",

Okay, a little code inspection leads to one of these three function calls
failing, first at line 3062:

  if (crtc == ref_crtc) {
   if (drmmode_page_flip_target_absolute(pRADEONEnt,
             target_msc) != 0)
    goto flip_error;
  } else {
   if (drmmode_page_flip_target_relative(pRADEONEnt,
             drm_queue_seq, 0) != 0)
    goto flip_error;

Then at Line 3039 in the source can also cause the message:

   if (flip_sync == FLIP_ASYNC) {
    if (!drmmode_wait_vblank(crtc,
        0, drm_queue_seq,
        NULL, NULL))
     goto flip_error;
    goto next;

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