[Mageia-discuss] Update Mageia 2, Beta 1 Errata for proper radeon-firmware fix

Jeff Robins jeffrobinssae at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 10:19:59 CET 2012

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On 02/26/2012 12:39 AM, Rémi Verschelde wrote:

> As far as I know, radeon-firmware is in Nonfree Release. I don't think
> there is anything in Nonfree Updates in Cauldron since all updates go
> as candidates for the Release.
> See madb: http://mageia.madb.org/package/show/t_search/radeon/distrelease/1/application/0/name/radeon-firmware

Oops, I checked for the repository on my Mageia 1 machine.  Thank you.

>> Proper steps, but not the proper formatting:
>> 1) Add "radeon.modeset=0" to the kernel command line in GRUB
>>   (link on how to do that)
>> 2) Boot system
> Another possibility would be to boot in failsafe mode.

I don't think this worked in failsafe mode, at least not in Mageia 1.
I'll try to check on Mageia 2, Beta 1.  I will have to reinstall.

> Another workaround is to chose "vesa" as a driver during the
> installation. Then the first boot hangs, and the following boots are
> okay. It could be a nice possibility for those who want nothing from
> Nonfree and don't care about high graphic performance.

Is there a difference in performance/capabilities between this and
permanently adding "radeon.modeset=0" to the kernel options?

I'll add this to the Errata, but it really only works if you read the
Errata before installing.

Is it reasonable to assume that a user who is willing to go out of
his/her way to use nothing from Nonfree can be told simply to use the
VESA driver?  I don't want to leave too many complicated instructions
and it would be nice to simply list this as an option.

Thank you,


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