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xf86-video-vesa 2.3.0 crashes

September 15, 2011 — BarryK
When I recompiled everything in T2, I used the latest xf86-video-vesa, 2.3.0. I used this for both the Xorg 7.3 compile and the Xorg 7.6 compile.

Running the standard Wary, that is with Xorg 7.3, I was getting strange behaviour with the vesa driver. On two out of three computers tested, the desktop came up okay, but clicking anywhere crashed X. X did log a message to /tmp/xerrs.log that it was "waiting to exit" or words to that effect, but no information anywhere about why it was waiting to exit.

I found that rolling back to xf86-video-vesa 1.3.0 fixed it, at least on one PC tested so far.

I just checked Debian Lenny, they use xserver-xorg-video-vesa 1.3.0. Lenny is an Xorg 7.3+ system.

However, the Xorg 7.6 Mega package has vesa 2.3.0 in it.


Same behavior with new inexpensive laptop

Try old vesa
Username: BarryK
"Raffy, Try an experiment, install an old vesa driver. The old version 1.3.0 for Wary is here: It is compiled for Xorg 7.3, so I don't know if it would have any problems with Xorg 7.5+. But, it would be an interesting experiment. Install it, exit from X and restart X. Don't do it on a save-file that has important stuff that you need to keep.

No luck
Username: Raffy
"No luck there, Barry. I installed the pet in an Atom PC then booted the fusion laptop with "pfix=vesa". It can't launch X but dropped to console. When I ran xorgwizard-old (no xorgwizard in Fatdog64-520), it can't get past "Probing". (Additional: While tweaking X in the other machine, I noted that xorgwizard-old has no Vesa option.) ozsouth, older kernels are not an option for me because of the new network devices in the AMD Fusion E350/emachines D443 laptop.

Re eth0 on new kernel
Username: BarryK
"Raffy, Yes, my new laptop is the same, the eth0 port needs the 'tg3' driver in the 2.6.39.x kernel, it doesn't work in the 2.6.32.x kernel -- though perhaps support could be backported. the wlan0 wireless port works with the old kernel though, and that is all I need.

re old vesa
Username: Barryk
"Raffy, Yeah, I forgot, the Xorg server will refuse to load it, as it wasn't compiled to work with that server. ABI-mismatch.

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