Bad failure of installation with ATI Graphic card Radeon HD 3870

Jan Johansson at
Mon May 5 16:16:25 UTC 2008


I've not been active in Fedora development, but hope to be able to
in near future. However, Fedora have always been my favorite distro, so I
the current development with great interest.

I've installed ubuntu and fedora 9 RC to compare how they handled the ATI
Radeon HD 3870
(that I've installed on my machine), with the following issues:

1. As ubuntu completes it's installation, and prepares to shutdown, the
initial Radeon driver
(I guess it is the open source) displays green vertical lines on the monitor
and the machine freezes.
I can however restart the machine (reset) and enter the desktop. The freezes
continues each time I
want to shutdown. When I install the propriety driver, the machine works
fine (no more green vertical lines).

2. As Fedora 9 RC has almost completed the installation, the monitor again
displays green vertical lines
(as in the ubuntu case), but the installation can not recover from the
state, so the installation fails!

Another issue with ubuntu is the "white screen of death", that is, when you
kick in compiz-fusion
with some desktop effects and then restart x-server, the user is greeted
with a white screen and can
actually not do a thing (besides either restore x or reinstall the distro).
The compiz-fusion comes in
as default in ubuntu. Now, some seems to think it is an issue with nvidia,
but actually, some searches
on google reveals that "white screen" is present with different types of gfx
cards (I had it on my machine
with ATI), so I think it is a compiz-fusion related issue. Since I could not
continue from the installation
with current fedora, I could not try the issue.

Best Regards,
Jan Johansson (Sweden)
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