PPC: Alternate installation boot to black screen

Bug #1348418 reported by Keith Rogers on 2014-07-24
This bug affects 1 person
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xorg (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Alternate Installer via usb flash drive.

The installation proceeded without a problem. Upon initial reboot, computer display stays black with only the arrow showing. The arrow can be moved around. I was able to get to a console to file this bug.

I rebooted via the console and stopped the booting sequence with a TAB, in order to type in the following boot parameter:

Linux video=radeonfb:1920x1080-32@60

The computer booted correctly and everything worked normally.

However, on subsequent reboot, the computer does not remember the boot parameter, and it must be entered manually.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: xorg 1:7.7+1ubuntu8
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-32.57-powerpc-smp
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-32-powerpc-smp ppc
ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.2
Architecture: powerpc
Date: Thu Jul 24 19:10:00 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-07-24 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Lubuntu 14.04.1 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release powerpc (20140722.2)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: xorg
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

To clarify, I filed the bug using another computer.

Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: iso-testing

This bug is also present in Debian Jessie (SID).

I installed Debian Jessie (SID) on the same Powermac G4 MDD and experienced the same problem. The solution is the same; use a boot parameter to get the graghical interface. However, the boot parameter isn't remembered with Jessie, either.

I'm sure one can add the boot parameter manually to the etc/modules (I think) and get around this issue. I haven't done that yet.

Do I need to add any more logs to this report?

Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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