Experiences with F8T2 on Thinkpad T61

Matthew Saltzman mjs at CLEMSON.EDU
Thu Sep 27 16:31:51 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-09-23 at 20:03 -0400, Jeremy Katz wrote: 
> On Fri, 2007-09-21 at 17:38 -0400, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> > - 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.
> This is correct -- there shouldn't need to be a monitor section as it
> should be auto-detected

When I use the vesa driver, it is auto-detected at 800x600, not
1280x800.  I have to run system-config-display to select a capable
monitor type (generic LCD or IBM TFT panel) before I can see 1280x800.

> > (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>.
> This sounds like a driver bug, please file against xorg-x11-drv-nv and
> include your X.log, lspci info and xorg.conf

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=249367 is already filed
against F7.  Should I do something (clone?) to get it in for F8T2?

> > - I used gparted to resize NTFS partitions and partition the drive.  It
> > hung at the end of the resize operation without confirming it is
> > finished (although the operation appears to have completed).  Also,
> > gparted quits after the rescan step after each operation set.
> Haven't seen/heard this one.  Probably worth filing against gparted (or
> maybe ntfs-progs; hard to say) though

Definitely gparted.  The crash occurs on re-scanning even if no operation is performed.

> > - Have to install with "vesa" kernel option.  The nv driver boots to a
> > black screen.
> Same as above.
> > - On the Disk Druid screen, the screen is not repainted after opening
> > and closing popups.
> This is filed already -- see bug 289281
> > - The display is only configured for 800x600.
> This is going to be related to lack of proper monitor probing.

Report against what component?

> > - Screen brightness is erratic.  The screen brightness applet appears,
> > but whatever controls I hit, brightness changes randomly up or down and
> > does not get fully bright or dim.  If I switch to a VC, I can control
> > the brightness, but ^@ characters appear on the display.
> This has been reported a couple of times-- Warren was going to try to
> track this down and get some better reporting of it I believe
> > - X server doesn't terminate on logout--I have to <CTRL>-<ALT>-<BKSP> to
> > kill it.
> Sounds like an X server bug
> > - 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.
> Using which X driver?  

Vesa.  It also happened under F7 with either vesa or the proprietary
nvidia driver.  I can't try nv, as it doesn't work at all.

> > - Hibernate appears to work, but on resume I get a message that
> > hibernate failed.
> Sounds buggy

Report against what component?

> > - Stopping the bluetooth service on reboot or shutdown fails, although
> > starting on bootup succeeds.  Have not tested bluetooth functionality
> > otherwise.
> I believe I saw some discussion about this, but am not certain anymore


> Jeremy
                Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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