Fwd: [Bug 1389904] Re: With the recent update to xserver-xorg-video-intel, system boots to a black screen
Aere at Dvorak-Keyboards.com
Thu Nov 6 01:41:55 UTC 2014
Beware of the latest system updates for 14.04.01.
In it was an update for the xserver-xorg-video-intel package.
Seeing that, I thought I should check out my Compac DeskPro (933
megahertz) machine with (as I recall) an i915 (old Intel) graphics card,
to see if they had fixed the 'ragged graphics' a.k.a. 'tearing'.
As it turned out, they had indeed 'fixed' it, rendering the lubuntu
partition un-bootable (even when earlier kernels are selected).
It appears to boot normally, but at the point the login screen should
appear, a blank black screen remains (for who knows how long - it stayed
that way until I finally hit the power button, upon which it initiated
If you have a Lubuntu 14.04 system with the old Intel graphics, applying
system updates may destroy your system.
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Subject: [Bug 1389904] Re: With the recent update to
xserver-xorg-video-intel, system boots to a black screen
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 23:57:50 -0000
From: Aere Greenway <1389904 at bugs.launchpad.net>
Reply-To: Bug 1389904 <1389904 at bugs.launchpad.net>
To: Aere at Dvorak-Keyboards.com
An lspci command on this machine yields the following information:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82815 815 Chipset Host Bridge and Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82815 Chipset Graphics Controller (CGC) (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801BA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801BA IDE U100 Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM SMBus Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.4 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 02)
02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM/CA/CAM Ethernet Controller (rev 01)
02:09.0 USB controller: NEC Corporation OHCI USB Controller (rev 43)
02:09.1 USB controller: NEC Corporation OHCI USB Controller (rev 43)
02:09.2 USB controller: NEC Corporation uPD72010x USB 2.0 Controller (rev 04)
02:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 06)
02:0a.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! Game Port (rev 06)
sysinfo yields the following information about the graphics card:
VGA compatible controller
Intel Corporation 82815 Chipset Graphics Controller (CGC) (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Device 001a
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With the recent update to xserver-xorg-video-intel, system boots to a
Status in “xserver-xorg-video-intel” package in Ubuntu:
The latest system updates for Lubuntu 14.04 includes an update to the
i915 display driver, which this machine uses.
After applying updates and rebooting, at the end of the boot process,
where normally the login screen appears, the screen remains blank
(with a black background color).
That change has rendered my Lubuntu 14.04 partition completely
unusable, even when booting earlier versions of the kernel.
Regardless the kernel level booted, the system now boots to a blank
Because of this, I had to report the error on my UbuntuStudio 14.04
partition, to which I have not yet applied updates. So the level of
the Intel i915 driver package in this error report is the version
prior to the updated version that (probably) caused the problem.
1. The release of ubuntu with the problem is Lubuntu 14.04.1, with a
kernel version ending in ".39".
2. The last working version of xserver-xorg-video-intel is
2:2.99.910-0ubuntu1 I can't boot by Lubuntu partition anymore to tell
you the version number that fails, but it is later than the indicated
3. Prior to installing system updates, my Lubuntu 14.04.01 system
worked fine, and I was able to boot it and perform my suite of tests
(it's a test system). After applying updates, it boots to a blank
screen, and I cannot do anything with it. I expected the login screen
to appear, but it doesn't, and there is no error message.
4. After applying system updates I expected my system to reboot
normally, allowing me to login. Instead, a blank screen is displayed,
with no error message, and the login screen does not appear after many
minutes of waiting. If I hit the power button, it initiates shutdown.
Hitting several keyboard characters (or typing my password to the
blank screen) had no effect.
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.99.910-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-32.57-lowlatency 188.8.131.52
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-32-lowlatency i686
Date: Wed Nov 5 16:13:54 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-04-28 (191 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Studio 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release i386 (20140416.3)
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
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