ati driver blocks the system

Bug #181485 reported by jtlb on 2008-01-09
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xserver-xorg-video-ati (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: xserver-xorg-video-ati

i recently tried to upgrade to hardy to do some test. The X server started as usual and suddenly froze! The xorg.0.log reported the load of the ati driver what is normal since I have an ati :01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon IGP 330M/340M/350M.
I then tried to force the video driver to vesa and it worked perfectly. None of the automated tools were able to recover this error nor the "failsafe" Xserver, nor dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg. I also noticed that we are no more able to select the driver manualy in this tool, I think it is not a good idea.

jtlb (jt-lb) wrote :

here are my two logs

jtlb (jt-lb) wrote :


I confirm this behaviour in Kubuntu Hardy Heron (pre-release) on my PC. After upgrading my pc using aptitude dist-upgrade yesterday, my PC totally freezes/locks up when starting Xorg using the ati or radeon open source drivers. It directly crashes once the Xorg window appears and BEFORE seeing the kdm login window. However, when using the fglrx driver, I can still successfully start up the Xorg server and log into kdm just fine. I use an ATI Radeon 9500 AGP video card. My xorg.conf file has not changed these past few months, but since yesterday, X crashes....

New bug in Xorg? Or in ati or radeon driver?


Mark Rijckenberg

See related Bug #180343, first reported on 2008-01-04 by Daniel du Preez
"ATI driver update causes Display Corruption"

Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton) wrote :

Please try the package from

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-ati:
status: New → Incomplete

Created separate bug report: Bug #181602, first reported 0 seconds ago by Mark Rijckenberg
ATI driver update causes Display Corruption on ATI Radeon 9500 AGP

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