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#1 2013-01-23 17:18:28

Thrall
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[SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

After recent updates, modesetting during boot no longer works if an external (vga) monitor is plugged in.

Once it gets to modesetting, both screens go black and I can't tell what happens after that (Might hang, might boot fine I just can't see it…) The external vga screen is black (with very occasional horizontal line of noise), but remains on (It doesn't go to sleep, which it usually does if not receiving a signal).

If the monitor is unplugged during boot then plugged in once the login prompt is reached, modesetting works and running X multihead with xrandr seems to work normally. (workaround until the issue is solved)

Changing from Early KMS start to Late KMS start means the black screen appears later, but it still appears.

Booting with nomodeset works with the monitor plugged in, but means X fails to start with an error message about not finding any screens.

The laptop is an old macbook, with integrated intel graphics card:
Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

Last edited by Thrall (2013-03-19 11:29:04)

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#2 2013-01-26 17:05:00

nomorewindows
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

It doesn't respond to ctrl-alt-del or power switch either.


I may have to CONSOLE you about your usage of ridiculously easy graphical interfaces...
Look ma, no mouse.

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#3 2013-02-10 17:22:45

patrickthebold
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

I'm having the same issue. Did you find any solution?

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#4 2013-02-13 12:32:43

woif
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

same issue here with eeepc 900a and connected beamer. if i disconnect the beamer laptop boots normally and can be connected afterwards.

edit: Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
edit #2: workaround: install and run LTS-kernel (linux-lts) and everything works as before.

Last edited by woif (2013-02-13 13:01:12)

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#5 2013-02-14 03:31:20

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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

Exactly same with my eeepc 900 after updating the other day.  Black screens on external and laptop.  Trying nomodeset gets you past that but then Xorg fails with no screens found.

In the end I played around so much trying to figure out I borked my system pretty bad and ended up reinstalling from scratch.  Good news is that now it works normally again with the external VGA.

My system was completely up to date, so I don't know why a fresh install was any different, but it fixed it.

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#6 2013-02-21 21:37:21

Thrall
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Registered: 2012-04-24
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

Ok, I'm trying to collect information for a bug report, so if people could confirm or correct what I have so far and add any additional relevant information, that'd be very helpful.

The fact that running the linux-lts kernel fixes the issue suggests that the problem almost certainly lies with the kernel.

Comparing the date of my first post with /var/log/pacman.log, I believe the upgrade that first caused the issue to appear was this:
upgraded linux (3.7.3-1 -> 3.7.4-1)
(There is a very slim possibility that I managed to upgrade to 3.7.4 without actually rebooting into the previous kernel, in which case the issue could have been present in an earlier version, but I wouldn't have encountered it.)

So far, the only graphics card affected appears to integrated intel chips:
Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS(/GME), 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

Has anyone observed this issue with a different graphics card? (check the output from entering "lspci" in a terminal if you're not sure how to find out)

Finally, Wittfella found reinstalling from scratch fixed the issue. If someone can come up with a reasonable explanation as to *why* this fixed it (and ideally narrow it down to changes that can be made without reinstalling from scratch if at all possible), then it's possible that it's not an actual bug, so much as a poorly documented change that causes problems upgrading but is otherwise ok afterwards.

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#7 2013-02-22 14:25:45

nomorewindows
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

woif wrote:

same issue here with eeepc 900a and connected beamer. if i disconnect the beamer laptop boots normally and can be connected afterwards.

edit: Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
edit #2: workaround: install and run LTS-kernel (linux-lts) and everything works as before.

The linux-lts is pre-bug, so when lts catches up, it will have the same problem.  If we fix it now it won't.


I may have to CONSOLE you about your usage of ridiculously easy graphical interfaces...
Look ma, no mouse.

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#8 2013-02-25 19:44:28

Thrall
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

Btw, I probably won't have time to submit a bug report for a few weeks, so if anyone else wants to do it, that'd be really helpful.

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#9 2013-02-26 13:13:48

nomorewindows
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

I also noticed that I have svga-dri to meet the dependency of xf86-video-vmware (which I'm not using), may also be a cause of possible problem.  Don't know until the next time I reboot.


I may have to CONSOLE you about your usage of ridiculously easy graphical interfaces...
Look ma, no mouse.

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#10 2013-03-08 12:41:49

Thrall
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

For me the bug is no longer reproducible (as of system update yesterday, now linux 3.7.10-1). Is anyone still experiencing this issue? If not, I guess it's solved.

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#11 2013-03-18 22:06:06

nomorewindows
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Re: [SOLVED] Modesetting with external monitor broken (intel)

linux 3.8.2 doesn't seem to any longer have the problem.


I may have to CONSOLE you about your usage of ridiculously easy graphical interfaces...
Look ma, no mouse.

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