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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fedora 12 Beta, nouveau graphics driver and screen corruption

I tested the fedora 12 x64 Beta. I was very happy, it ran very fast. After playing sometime, I opened firefox when the stupid display corruption occurred.

To the very new guys to fedora and nouveau, here is the summary. Nouveau is a open source driver for nvidia cards and Fedora 11 and Fedora 12 uses nouveau driver by default if you have nvidia cards in your system. The open source nouveau driver is very good, but somewhere in some scenario corrupts the screen display and hangs the system. Hope this bug gone and Fedora 12 rocks as usual when it releases

I could not take the screenshot of the corrupted screen as everything hung. I took photograph using my digicam and they are attached here. I will raise the bug in bugzilla soon (may be this weekend) which I already raised for Fedora 11 (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=505853)


If you want to read more about how I booted into Fedora 12 and used vesa driver instead of nouveau, you can have a look by clicking the following link



  1. No Martini - no party and no Nvidia - no Fedora

  2. Hi Μάκης

    See the common bugs of Fedora 12 and this bug report

    this tells nvidia driver wont run properly in Fedora 12


    and this is a bug report of that


    sigh, I love and hate Fedora, I am shocked by the amount of innovation it can bring and want to install every release, but I postpone installing Fedora (or have Fedora not more than a week). And this release is similar, oops, need to wait till next release of Fedora, till then Ubuntu and openSUSE 11.2 I think. Anyhow I will try Fedora 12 atleast in virtualbox

  3. I modified the bug I raised for Fedora 11 in Fedora 12 as it is still happening and more frequently (actually immediatly after boot or just while booting).
    I attached the logs of my Xorg.0.log and dmesg output after checking that nouveau driver corrupts display in Fedora 12.

    The bug page is here https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=505853