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Bug#655404: firmware-linux-nonfree Radeon R300-family problem

Package: firmware-linux-nonfree
Version: 0.34
Severity: low

Hi there,

I recently tried to install a couple distributions on a Fujitsu Amilo M 1420 laptop. Kubuntu 11.10, Fedora 16 and PCLinuxOS KDE 2011 all crashed either during install or when booting the installed system. Debian Squeeze installed fine. Until I installed the firmware-linux-nonfree package to get rid of the missing microcode error message from xorg. If firmware-linux-nonfree is installed under Wheezy the system won't boot properly. In Squeeze it is still possible to remove the firmware-linux-nonfree package and reboot, but you first have to stop the error messages spamming the console. X11 won't work at all. Trying to use it will lock the machine.

This problem could be related to the Xorg-Radeon driver as well as a hardware bug in either the ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO (RV350) chip generally, of this particular laptop or even this very machine. Nonetheless, removing or not installing firmware-linux-nonfree is my current workaround. The graphics still work fine.



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