Experiences with F8T2 on Thinkpad T61

Adam Jackson ajackson at redhat.com
Mon Sep 24 15:21:25 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-09-21 at 17:38 -0400, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> My T61 has the Nvidia Quadro NV140M video card.  I tested the x86_64
> live dvd and installed the x86_64 DVD.  This message covers
> platform-specific issues that I encountered.
> Live DVD: 
> - The DVD won't boot into X.  If I boot to runlevel 3 and attempt to
> system-config-display, there are two problems.
> (1) The Monitor section of xorg.conf is missing.
> (2) The nv driver hangs with a black screen.  The keyboard is still
> functional and I can reboot with <CTRL>-<ALT>-<F1> <CTRL>-<ALT>-<DEL>.
> Hand-editing xorg.conf to create a Monitor section and using the vesa
> driver restores X functionality.

An X log from the failed nv startup would be helpful here.

> - X server doesn't terminate on logout--I have to <CTRL>-<ALT>-<BKSP> to
> kill it.

This was a bug I inflicted with a particular libICE/libSM combination.
It should be fixed now, I hope.

> - Suspend doesn't work at all.  Select Suspend from the power applet and
> the machine starts to suspend, the light comes on, then the light goes
> off and the machine is live, except that the display is black.  I can
> reboot as above.

As always, suspend on nv graphics chips is a disaster.

- ajax

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