zesty can't get to the login screen when a Geforce GT210 card (nouveau) is installed (GUI says "The system is running in low-graphics mode", log says "No devices detected." "no screens found")

Bug #1677125 reported by Daniel van Vugt on 2017-03-29
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Bug Description

zesty can't get to the login screen when a Geforce GT210 card is installed

I just get an unclickable dialog "The system is running in low-graphics mode" and stuck.

Although if I VT switch and log in by SSH I find mir-demos all run nicely. So this is just a problem with Xorg/lightdm.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: xorg 1:7.7+16ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-14.16-generic 4.10.3
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-14-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: No value set for `/apps/compiz-1/general/screen0/options/active_plugins'
Date: Wed Mar 29 14:08:04 2017
DistUpgraded: Fresh install
DistroCodename: zesty
DistroVariant: ubuntu
ExtraDebuggingInterest: Yes
GraphicsCard:
 NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] [10de:0a65] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. GT218 [GeForce 210] [3842:1313]
InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-11-03 (146 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20161102)
MachineType: LENOVO 30AJS05700
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.10.0-14-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=9a004175-205d-430e-bd14-8d796f0d18e5 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: xorg
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.bios.date: 08/02/2015
dmi.bios.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.bios.version: FBKTB6AUS
dmi.board.name: SHARKBAY
dmi.board.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.board.version: SDK0E50519 PRO
dmi.chassis.type: 7
dmi.chassis.vendor: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.chassis.version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnLENOVO:bvrFBKTB6AUS:bd08/02/2015:svnLENOVO:pn30AJS05700:pvrThinkStationP300:rvnLENOVO:rnSHARKBAY:rvrSDK0E50519PRO:cvnToBeFilledByO.E.M.:ct7:cvrToBeFilledByO.E.M.:
dmi.product.name: 30AJS05700
dmi.product.version: ThinkStation P300
dmi.sys.vendor: LENOVO
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.13.1+17.04.20170109-0ubuntu1
version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs N/A
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.75-2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 17.0.2-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 17.0.2-1ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.18.4-1ubuntu9
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.10.2-1ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:7.8.0-1
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.99.917+git20160706-1ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:1.0.13-1
xserver.bootTime: Wed Mar 29 14:03:29 2017
xserver.configfile: default
xserver.devices:

xserver.logfile: /var/log/Xorg.0.log
xserver.outputs:

xserver.version: 2:1.18.4-1ubuntu9

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Actually IIRC the exact same error happened last time I plugged in a radeon card too.

dino99 (9d9) wrote :

Probably blame the nvidia driver used :
(EE) Failed to load module "nvidia" (module does not exist, 0)

There is buggy nvidia-375 (at least) from the archive; i'm using nvidia-378 fromm the X ppa, and it works well.

note: reports against nvidia drivers exist on launchpad. What happen with 'nouveau' ?

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

I'm not using the nvidia driver, I'm testing the built-in open source drivers :)

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

... which work perfectly for Mir. Just Xorg fails to start.

summary: - zesty can't get to the login screen when a Geforce GT210 card is
- installed ("The system is running in low-graphics mode")
+ zesty can't get to the login screen when a Geforce GT210 card (nouveau)
+ is installed (GUI says "The system is running in low-graphics mode", log
+ says "No devices detected." "no screens found")
e15 (e15) wrote :

Asus Zenbook Prime ux32vd laptop. I've got "The system is running low graphics mode" dialog on VT2, and usual lightdm greeting on VT7 after upgrading from 16.10 to 17.04.

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