FC5t3 installation issues with Radeon X300SE

L. David Baron dbaron at dbaron.org
Sat Mar 18 07:54:56 UTC 2006

I just installed FC5t3 x86_64 on a brand new desktop machine with a
Radeon X300SE, and ran into two issues that seem more likely related to
that than anything else:

(1) Neither the installer, nor system-config-display once the installer
had finished, were able to configure xorg so that it would start.
However, I was able to do it manually by doing "modprobe radeon" and
then rerunning system-config-display (which in turn writes out an
xorg.conf that causes xorg to modprobe radeon by itself).  This suggests
to me that something along the way (I'm not sure what) should have done
a "modprobe radeon" to bootstrap the whole thing, but didn't.  (And
perhaps does for other cards.)

(2) The text mode installer had serious graphics problems - there were
some garbage characters around the "borders" of things, and things that
were drawn after the screen initially drew were offset one character to
the right relative to where they should have been on the basis of what
was already there; this made things like package selection and
partitioning quite difficult to use.

I could file bugs on both of these if desired, but it would help to know
(a) what component is appropriate and (b) what additional details I
should give.  I don't feel like I have enough knowledge of either whose
fault it could be or what could be related to file a usable bug report.


L. David Baron                                <URL: http://dbaron.org/ >
           Technical Lead, Layout & CSS, Mozilla Corporation
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