no feedback after choosing "Try Ubuntu" off Live USB

Bug #543033 reported by skierpage on 2010-03-20
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: gfxboot

I used usb-creator-kde to put kubuntu-10.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso on a USB flash drive, and rebooted.

A screen appeared with a language choice, then a menu with options to Install Kubuntu, Try Kubuntu, ...
I used the keyboard to select the "Try Kubuntu without changes" option but there was no feedback. I thought perhaps I hadn't selected this or perhaps I had to choose some of the F3-F4-F6 options at the bottom, but they didn't work. My computer was unresponsive for about 40 seconds until a different splash screen appeared and the live Kubuntu desktop appeared.

Assuming my computer (AMD Athlon 3000+, 1GB RAM) wasn't at fault for the apparent hang, I think there should be some feedback to indicate you've chosen the "Try Kubuntu" option. E.g. clear the menu screen and display "Initializing Try Ubuntu mode...".

This is possibly a duplicate of bug LP #131160 ("lack of immediate feedback when return pressed on cd boot menu") from Gutsy. Maybe this bug belongs in a different package such as ubiquity or gfxboot-theme-ubuntu? LP #540895 for ubiquity has the package comment "Provide visual feedback for clicking "Try Ubuntu" in the form of a spinning cursor.", so maybe this has been addressed!

skierpage (skierpage) wrote :

Likewise, there's no feedback for about 25 seconds if I choose "Check disc for errors" from the boot menu.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

The screen should have been cleared by syslinux on exit from gfxboot, which should have been almost immediately after you pressed Enter and quite a while before the system got round to displaying the splash screen. I don't know why this didn't happen in your case.

ubiquity cannot be involved here - none of its code runs until quite a bit later, and the changelog entry you found is referring to a different bit of user interface.

affects: gfxboot (Ubuntu) → syslinux (Ubuntu)
skierpage (skierpage) wrote :

The screen definitely doesn't clear after I make those menu choices, I've reproduced four times.
How can I help debug? Where is information about debugging boot/syslinux/gfxboot, (e.g. is there a Ctrl-L to redisplay, or a log)?

It's a Falcon Northwest PC: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+, K8V deluxe motherboard with VIA chipset and AMI BIOS, ATI All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro graphics (R350 chip).

% lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8385 [K8T800 AGP] Host Bridge (rev 01)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI bridge [K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:07.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306 Fire II IEEE 1394 OHCI Link Layer Controller (rev 80)
00:09.0 Serial controller: 3Com Corp, Modem Division 56K FaxModem Model 5610 (rev 01)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c940 10/100/1000Base-T [Marvell] (rev 12)
00:0d.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev 04)
00:0d.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy Game Port (rev 04)
00:0d.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Creative Labs SB Audigy FireWire Port (rev 04)
00:0f.0 RAID bus controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller (rev 80)
00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [KT600/K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
00:11.6 Communication controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 80)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R350 [Radeon 9800 Pro]
01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R350 [Radeon 9800 Pro] (Secondary)

skierpage (skierpage) wrote :

The problem remains with 10.04 final, I made a live USB of kubuntu-10.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso
"The screen should have been cleared by syslinux on exit from gfxboot"
but it just stays there for 30 seconds or so after pressing [Enter] on "Try kubuntu"

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