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Bug#598653: installation-reports: debian squeeze hang at boot time when starting Xwindow: missing firmware for ati radeon card

On Fri, Oct  1, 2010 at 06:09:42 +0200, Christian PERRIER wrote:

> Quoting Julien Cristau (jcristau@debian.org):
> > reassign 598653 debian-installer
> > kthxbye
> > 
> > On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 22:03:27 +0200, Christian PERRIER wrote:
> > 
> > > Reassigning to the right package...Thanks for your report!
> > > 
> > NAK, installing firmware would be something for the installer to do, not
> > for xorg.  X driver packages already suggest the appropriate firmware
> > packages, they can't really do anything more than that afaik.
> So, I suppose this requires an entirely new udeb, meant to install
> firmware for hardware such as video cards, etc. and run it at the end
> of the install process. The current packages such as hwdetect are
> meant to run at the beginning of the process, when it's needed to
> detect wireless cards or disk drives. ....and when nobody really cares
> about video cards.
> Just a wild guess: I know nearly nothing about all this crap..:-)
I guess the problem is that the installer doesn't have the drm modules
so it doesn't know what firmware they might need?  Ideally this would be
handled together with other firmware installation.

That said, now that I look at the bug title, X shouldn't hang even if
firmware is missing, it should be able to start without acceleration.  I
think.  Might warrant a separate bug report against
xserver-xorg-video-radeon, if there isn't one already.


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