black screen (but with cursor) after rotating by 180 degrees

Bug #1451798 reported by Martin Ueding
This bug affects 3 people
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x11-xserver-utils (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I use `xrandr --output LVDS1 --rotate inverted` to rotate the contents of my screen by 180 degrees as part of my thinkpad-scripts. This has worked well until Kubuntu 14.10. Now it still works when I have an external screen (DP2) attached.

I just tried it out now without an external screen attached. The screen turns black, but I can still see the mouse cursor. The cursor also changes according to the program that it is on, one just does not see the program. I can also click and it will have some effect.

To see the screen again, I do [Ctrl][Alt][F1] and then [Ctrl][Alt][F7]. Somebody else has the same ThinkPad X220 with Ubuntu (not sure the version, though) but uses Unity. He has the exact same problem, so this is not bound to KDE or Unity, but fundamental to something that `xrandr` does.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.04
Package: x11-xserver-utils 7.7+2ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.19.0-15.15-generic 3.19.3
Uname: Linux 3.19.0-15-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.17.2-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: KDE
Date: Tue May 5 13:48:54 2015
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-10-07 (209 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 (20140416.1)
SourcePackage: x11-xserver-utils
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to vivid on 2015-04-29 (5 days ago)

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Martin Ueding (martin-ueding) wrote :
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Neal Coleman (coleman-neal) wrote :

I have a ThinkPad X230T running 15.04 with Unity. I confirm that thinkpad-rotate flip causes the screen to go black with just the cursor visible and responsive to the window it's over (albeit with stylus input inverted relative to the screen). ctrl+alt+F1 then ctrl+alt+F7 serve to restore the windows (and stylus input is correct relative to the screen after this).

I would be happy to run any tests if it would be useful to diagnosing and fixing this bug.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in x11-xserver-utils (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in x11-xserver-utils (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
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Chris Deliz (chris-deliz) wrote :

I'm working on a Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 that also has this issue, though I can only rotate the display manually on this model (not sure by other thinkpad comments if it is implying an automatic screen rotation, perhaps by gyroscope, so I wanted to be sure to make the distinction just in case). Rotating it to normal, clockwise, counterclockwise gives no issue, 180 flip causes same black screen problem. Ctrl+Alt+F1 followed by Ctrl+Alt+F7 does fix this for me, though I'll note that switching back to Normal rotation after being on 180 rotation will cause the same black screen problem again, warranting another Ctrl+Alt+... etc. to return it to normal.

Using Ubuntu 14.04 on a 64-bit system.

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Martin Ueding (martin-ueding) wrote : Re: [Bug 1451798] Re: black screen (but with cursor) after rotating by 180 degrees

The automatic rotation most likely means the rotation that is triggered
with a hardware event when you physically rotate the screen on a X220
Tablet. That is implemented by Jim Turner in the thinkpad-scripts suite
of tools.

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