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Bug 85177

Summary: X sometimes messes up console fonts, leaving vertical stripes
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Mike McLean <mikem>
Component: XFree86Assignee: X/OpenGL Maintenance List <xgl-maint>
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Description Mike McLean 2003-02-26 05:21:28 UTC
* -re0225....
* ATI RAGE XL chipset
* XFree86-

Problem is intermittent, but mostly repeatable given a little patience.

Sometimes when switching to a virtual console, X messes up the console fonts
making most every character into vertical stripes.  Looks similar to what is
described in bug#61325.

The console is still active, and you can type blind on it if you have to. 
Things that reset the console font (such as logging in on a console), revert the

I have managed to reproduce this reliably (~50-70%) by the following sequence:
(In runlevel 5)
1) From the text console, run redhat-config-xfree86, change the resolution to
1024x768, and close the config tool.
2) Go to the gdm console and restart X (zap).
3) Go back to text console and run redhat-config-xfree86 again.  Change the
resultion to 800x600 and close.
4) Go to the gdm console and zap again.
5) Go back to the text console.  About 50-70% of the time you will see the
vertical stripe phenomenon.

Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2003-02-28 07:52:52 UTC
Please attach log and config file.  I've got a couple Rage XL cards, and
docs, so if this is persistent, I might be able to track it down.

Thanks Mike,

Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2004-09-24 21:55:37 UTC
From IRC:
<mikem> mharris: I cannot replicate with RHEL4

Ok, thanks mikem, closing as "RAWHIDE", which is the current
FC3/RHEL4 codebase.