4.2 regression: ReactOS crashes on boot

Bug #1859106 reported by Mike Swanson
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Bug Description

In QEMU 4.1.x and earlier, ReactOS can successfully boot, but starting with 4.2, it fails, instead coming up with an error "The video driver failed to initialize."

This happens regardless of VM configuration (even -M pc-i440fx-4.1) and it works well with older versions of QEMU. bisecting QEMU to find the first bad commit reveals 0221d73ce6a8e075adaa0a35a6ef853d2652b855 as the culprit, which is updating the seabios version; perhaps this bug belongs there, but I don't know the appropriate avenue (it seems seabios is a subproject of QEMU anyway?).

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Mike Swanson (chungy) wrote :

I should add, ReactOS can be downloaded from here: https://reactos.org/download

The LiveCD is sufficient to see the problem.

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Philippe Mathieu-Daudé (philmd) wrote :

Possibly related thread:
"Do we need a cpu with TSC support to run SeaBIOS?"
https://<email address hidden>/msg11726.html

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Thomas Huth (th-huth) wrote :

The QEMU project is currently considering to move its bug tracking to
another system. For this we need to know which bugs are still valid
and which could be closed already. Thus we are setting older bugs to
"Incomplete" now.

If you still think this bug report here is valid, then please switch
the state back to "New" within the next 60 days, otherwise this report
will be marked as "Expired". Or please mark it as "Fix Released" if
the problem has been solved with a newer version of QEMU already.

Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience.

Changed in qemu:
status: New → Incomplete
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for QEMU because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in qemu:
status: Incomplete → Expired
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Elvis Stansvik (elvstone) wrote (last edit ):

This is still a problem with qemu 1:4.2-3ubuntu6.16 on 20.04, and can be reproduced with:

curl -LO https://freefr.dl.sourceforge.net/project/reactos/ReactOS/0.4.13/ReactOS-0.4.13-live.zip
unzip ReactOS-0.4.13-live.zip
qemu-system-x86_64 -cdrom ReactOS-0.4.13-Live.iso -boot d -usb -device usb-tablet
[Pick "LiveCD" in the boot menu]

Which gives the error shown in the attached screenshot.

I've changed the Status back to New.

Changed in qemu:
status: Expired → New
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Thomas Huth (th-huth) wrote : Moved bug report

This is an automated cleanup. This bug report has been moved to QEMU's
new bug tracker on gitlab.com and thus gets marked as 'expired' now.
Please continue with the discussion here:


tags: added: graphics x86
Changed in qemu:
status: New → Expired
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Elvis Stansvik (elvstone) wrote (last edit ):

As a workaround, I have extracted bios.bin and vgabios-stdvga.bin from http://launchpadlibrarian.net/318981898/seabios_1.10.2-1ubuntu1_all.deb, passing -bios bios.bin to qemu and making sure vgabios-stdvga.bin is in the current working directory when running qemu in order for it to be used (seems like there is no command line option for qemu to specify the VGA bios).

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Elvis Stansvik (elvstone) wrote :

@th-huth Aha, thanks!

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