LiveCD should have a "safe graphics" option

Bug #747338 reported by Marius Vasilescu
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This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
casper (Ubuntu)
Triaged
Wishlist
Unassigned
xdiagnose (Ubuntu)
Invalid
Wishlist
Unassigned
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (Ubuntu)
Invalid
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

Especially on nVidia cards, the default nouveau driver may not work and the user would have to add a nouveau fake parameter at boot options in order to crash the driver. It would be much better, especially for unexperienced Ubuntu users, to have an easy option to boot with safe graphics. For instance I filled the nouveau bug #564572 on april 2010 and it hasn't been fixed. A new Ubuntu user would probably just give up because it doesn't work. The live session should either have a "safe graphics" or an automatic blacklist of nouveau for a certain graphic cards that have known critical bugs.

Tags: oneiric
affects: ubuntu → xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (Ubuntu)
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Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Closing the -nouveau task since this is a general purpose feature request. The driver issue has it's own bug report.

Changed in xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

A method to deliberately get into failsafe mode is not a bad idea. Setting as a wishlist feature. Perhaps something that hooks into failsafex or xdiagnose could make sense.

Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Bryce Harrington (bryce)
tags: added: oneiric
removed: natty
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Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

[I've marked this bug for inclusion in our oneiric bug queue. While technically this bug has not been re-confirmed against oneiric, I feel it is worth continued development attention. We will need to ask that it be re-confirmed once oneiric is further along, perhaps once we get closer to alpha.]

Bryce Harrington (bryce)
Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Bryce Harrington (bryce)
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Marius Vasilescu (vegancorr) wrote :

I've just did a test using the daily build (oneiric-desktop-i386, 2011-06-10) and nothing changed up to now, so I can confirm it for oneiric too.

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Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

The failsafe-x bits have been broken out to xdiagnose. However I suspect this really needs fixed in some other package (not sure what), to include a hook for failsafe-x.

affects: xorg (Ubuntu) → xdiagnose (Ubuntu)
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Marius Vasilescu (vegancorr) wrote :

My nvidia bug has been fixed with oneiric alpha2. I guess this bug would still be valid, since it's more generic.

Changed in casper (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Bryce Harrington (bryce)
Changed in xdiagnose (Ubuntu):
assignee: Bryce Harrington (bryce) → nobody
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Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton) wrote :

there's already the option of choosing extra boot options, like nomodeset

Changed in xdiagnose (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
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