nouveau issues

Jonathan Kamens jik at
Tue Dec 22 13:45:16 UTC 2009


I just built myself a new computer (contractor fried old motherboard by 
plugging power tools into UPS, so it was time to upgrade!), so now I'm 
working with the nouveau driver rather than unichrome.

I'm sticking with F12 rather than rawhide for a little while so that the 
new hardware has time to settle down before I start messing with 
bleeding-edge stuff.

I've noticed a couple of intermittent display issues, and I'd appreciate 
any feedback... are these known issues?  should I report them?  are 
there workarounds?

First of all, occasionally when I log out and the X server tries to 
restart, it fails to restart and all I get is a blank screen.  When this 
happens chvt doesn't work either.  Xorg is running but apparently having 
trouble completely initializing, presumably because something was left 
behind when the previous X server shut down.  Killing the X server 
doesn't help -- it just restarts and gets into the same state.

Once recently I encountered an issue where my mouse cursor disappeared.  
When I moved my mouse around, different windows got focus (I have focus 
follows mouse enabled), but I couldn't actually see the mouse cursor.  I 
seem to recall that I had to reboot to fix this -- restarting X didn't 
do the trick.

Any tips?


Jonathan Kamens

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