nouveau hangs during boot of life system, prevents installation

Bug #1049497 reported by Jerry Preissler
This bug affects 1 person
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xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When trying to boot a life system from a usb key the system seems to boot normally but the screen turns completely white after about a minute and stays in this state. Pressing the up/down keys triggers a short burst of disk activity, otherwise the system seems to be idle.

It is possible to switch to the console with ctrl-alt-f1. At the end of /var/log/syslog I found many lines in the following form:

[drm] nouveau 0000:02:00.0: PFIFO_CACHE_ERROR - Ch 2/2 Mthd 0x0800 Data 0x00000000

The value after Mthd seems to change - I'll try to copy a sample tonight and attach it to the report.

The system is a Samsung R580 laptop, the graphics controller is reported to be a NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 310M]

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Jerry Preissler (gerald-preissler) wrote :

Sorry, forgot to mention: the version I'm trying to install is Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1.

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Jerry Preissler (gerald-preissler) wrote :

The friendly bot prompted me to set a package to file the bug against. I'm giving it my best guess based on what I've seen in the syslog, but I'm by no means sure that is actually the right package.

affects: ubuntu → libdrm (Ubuntu)
Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton)
affects: libdrm (Ubuntu) → xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (Ubuntu)
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Christopher M. Peñalver (penalvch) wrote :

Jerry Preissler, this bug was reported a while ago and there hasn't been any activity in it recently. We were wondering if this is still an issue? If so, could you please test for this with the latest development release of Ubuntu? ISO images are available from .

If it remains an issue, could you please run the following command in the development release from a Terminal (Applications->Accessories->Terminal), as it will automatically gather and attach updated debug information to this report:

apport-collect -p xserver-xorg-video-nouveau REPLACE-WITH-BUG-NUMBER

Please note, given that the information from the prior release is already available, doing this on a release prior to the development one would not be helpful.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Changed in xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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