dell E1705 will not boot into X from liveCD.

Bug #139505 reported by Premier on 2007-09-13
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Bug Description

A Dell E1705 will not boot from the liveCD in either safe graphics mode or regular graphics mode. The only way to boot the liveCD is to install fglrx from the command line, even though vesa will work once ubuntu is installed. I do not believe that ati or radeon drivers will run on that computer. The card is a mobility radeon X1400.

Some one else reported a very similar problem with the same computer, but with an intel graphics card (the ati card was an option on my machine, an intel card comes standard)

Premier (premiersullivan) wrote :

Update: this is not fixed in gutsy tribe 5. I actually have to install it twice, once to boot the livecd and again to boot the computer once ubuntu is installed.

And here I thought the failsafe would always work! ;)

I get the following error:

/etc/gdm/failsafeXServer: line 47: [: too many arguments
Warning: Could not retrieve EDID because get-edid is not installed (1)
: error: this program does not know how to configure the "10
shared/default-x-server doesn't exist" X server
Warning: Could not generate /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe for vesa

I can confirm that this computer does not boot from 7.04 and 7.10 LiveCDs either. Different messages but the same bug essentially. Anyone know why it's doing this and which package it might be related to??

Premier (premiersullivan) wrote :

I want to note that the newest versions of radeon and radeonhd will run on this card after ubuntu is installed. I do not know if they work from the livecd, the livecd seems to be a special case.

Olek Wojnar (olekw) wrote :

Good to know. Thanks! Hopefully, that means it won't be too difficult a fix to get the LiveCD working. Because it doesn't matter how well the installed system works, if your "average" user can't get the LiveCD to run it's kinda a moot point! ;)

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