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Bug#661069: Bug#649448: radeon (evergreen): random-looking pattern of pixels when firmware not installed

On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 09:21:50PM +0300, Touko Korpela wrote:
> Installer has also a bug report about this (#661069).
> It would be good if Debian kernel radeon driver learned to fall back
> sensibly if running on hardware where firmware is required.
The upstream radeon developers insist that the driver tries to do
this, but in practice it doesn't seem to work for most chips.  I am
inclined to make radeon's probe function fail if the firmware is
missing, which should result in using a fallback console driver.

> Also installer should warn user about what happens if firmware is missing.
I thought it did...?


Ben Hutchings
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                                                              - Albert Camus

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