Test Day:2009-09-10 Nouveau

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Thu Sep 10, 2009 ALL DAY #fedora-test-day)


What to test?

Today's instalment of Fedora Test Day will focus on the Nouveau graphics driver for NVIDIA graphics cards.

If you come to this page after the test day is completed, your testing of Nouveau is still valuable, and you can use the information on this page to test Nouveau with your graphics card and provide feedback.

Who's available

The following cast of characters will be available for testing, workarounds, bug fixes, and general discussion.

What's needed to test

  • An NVIDIA graphics adapter. To confirm whether you have supporting hardware, run the following command:
    /sbin/lspci -d 10de: | grep -iq VGA && echo "Join Nouveau Fedora Test Day" || echo "No nVidia graphics hardware found." 
  • Rawhide (tips on installing Rawhide below), or the live CD available for this test day (again see below).
  • Your hardware profile uploaded to Smolt according to these instructions
  • Make sure to back up your existing xorg.conf file, if you have one, so you can recover if the nouveau driver causes you trouble

How to test?

Update your machine

See the instructions on the Rawhide page on the various ways in which you can install or update to Rawhide. Or:

Live Image

Optionally, you may download a non-destructive rawhide live image for your architecture. Tips on using a live image are available at FedoraLiveCD.

Architecture MD5SUM
i686 4e09b55dcf898038d6959aa5893b3d35
x86_64 6b1b617a7dd1ef42ee0cbb9fcd14a162
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Live USB label bug
If you put the image on a USB stick, boot will likely fail with the message No root device found. Boot has failed, sleeping forever. In this case, use the command /sbin/dosfslabel (if your USB stick is FAT32-formatted) or /sbin/e2label (ext2/3/4-formatted) to find the label for the USB stick. When booting, hit tab twice at the Fedora boot screen to edit the kernel boot parameters, and change the root= section to read root=live:LABEL=(label), where (label) is the label you found. In some cases, you may simply need to use the label provided by udev, so if your key normally mounts as /media/KINGSTON, for example, use KINGSTON as the label.
If you have a slightly older Test Day Live image
This tip may be useful if you have a very recent Live image from a previous test day.

If you are a Fedora account holder, you can use rsync over SSH to update your existing ISO image in just a few minutes. First, cd to the directory containing your existing ISO image file. Then change its file name to testday-20090909-(arch).iso and run this command:

rsync -Pv fedorapeople.org:/home/fedora/adamwill/public_html/20090909_test_day_images/testday-20090909-(arch).iso .


Follow each of these test cases:

Multihead test case:

You will need two or more monitors to perform the multihead test.

Report your results

If you have problems with any of the tests, report a bug to Bugzilla usually for the component xorg-x11-drv-nouveau. If you are unsure about exactly how to file the report, just ask on IRC and we will help you. Follow the instructions on this page to ensure you include sufficient information in the report. Once you have completed the tests, add your results to the Results table below, following the example results from Adam Williamson as a template. The first column should be your name with a link to your User page in the Wiki if you have one, and the second should be a link to your Smolt hardware profile (see above for a link with instructions on submitting your hardware profile to Smolt). For each test case, if your system worked correctly, simply enter the word PASS. If you had trouble, enter the word FAIL, with a footnote indicator, and put a link to the bug report in the comments column (as in the example line). If you could not perform one test (for example, you cannot perform the more advanced tests because the basic one fails, or you cannot perform the multihead test as you have only one display), enter the word N/A. In the comments column, you can enter the model name and PCI device ID (vendor ID is usually 10DE) of your card, if you know it - you can usually find this information in the output of the command lspci -nn.


User Smolt Profile Basic test XVideo test X restart test Multihead test Rendercheck test Fast User Switching VT switching Suspend/Resume Comments
Adam Williamson HW FAIL [1] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 9400 GT (0641)
Michal Nowak HW PASS PASS PASS N/A N/A PASS PASSS [1] N/A Quadro NVS 285 (0165)
  1. RHBZ #522144
Martin Decky HW FAIL [1] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 440 Go] (rev a3) [10de:0174] on Apple iMac G4
  1. RHBZ #505161
Stefan Becker HW nVidia Corporation Device (9800M GTS) [10de:062c]
pfps HW Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass [1] Pass Pass N/A (no hardware support) nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)
Stéphane Démurget HW FAIL [1] TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD NV34M [GeForce Go 5200] (rev a1)
Nightcast2000 HW PASS PASS PASS N/A PASS FAIL N/A TBD 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation NV40 [GeForce 6800 GT] [10de:0045] (rev a1)
Lukas Maerdian HW PASS PASS TBD TBD PASS File:Renderchecklog.gz Slyon PASS PASS TBD Quadro NVS 110M / GeForce Go 7300 (01d7)
TomasM HW PASS PASS PASS FAIL PASS renderchecklog.gz FAIL [1] PASS PASS NV43 / GeForce Go 6600 (rev a2)
  1. See RHBZ #522318
Chaosbringer HW PASS PASS PASS N/A PASS File:Renderchecklog.gz Chaosbringer N/A PASS N/A nVidia Corporation GeForce 8400 GS (rev a1))
Liam HW PASS PASS PASS N/A PASS File:Liam Renderchecklog.gz PASS PASS PASS nVidia Corporation Quadro NVS 140M (rev a1)
Vyacheslav Kuznetsov HW FAIL [1] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A nVidia Corporation Device 0873 [GeForce G 102M] (rev b1)
  1. RHBZ #522361
Andrey Smirnov HW PASS PASS N/A N/A PASS File:Renderchecklog.gz ndreys FAIL [1] PASS N/A nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce 7600 GS] [10de:0392] (rev a1)
  1. See RHBZ #522398
A.C.Heron HW FAIL N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5500] (rev a1)
mark preston Tosihba Tecra M10 laptop PASS PASS PASS N/A PASS 1hr log TBD TBD TBD nVidia Corporation [Quadro NVS 150M] (rev a1)
Daniel J Blueman Latitude E6400 PASS PASS PENDING PENDING PASS [2] PASS PENDING PENDING nVidia Corporation Quadro NVS 160M (rev a1)
Tomas Pelka Precision T5400 PASS PASS PASS N/A - no second LCD available PASS [3] PASS PASS FAIL - collecting more info nVidia Corporation Quadro NVS 290 (rev a1)
Ondrej Zary HW PASS PASS PASS nVidia Corporation G73 [GeForce 7600 GS] [10de:02e1]
Olexander Shtepa HW PASS PASS PASS N/A PASS File:Shtepa Renderchecklog.gz FAIL [1] PASS FAIL nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600 GT (rev a1)
  1. See RHBZ #522398
jlaska HW PASS nVidia Corporation NV44 [Quadro NVS 285] (rev a1)
User Smolt Profile Basic test XVideo test X restart test Multihead test Rendercheck test Fast User Switching VT switching Suspend/Resume Comments
Michael Ploujnikov HW PASS FAIL [1] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600 GTS [10de:0400] (rev a1)
  1. See RHBZ #522522