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Bug 1357093 - Wayland in VMware guest: blank screen on kernel 4.6
Summary: Wayland in VMware guest: blank screen on kernel 4.6
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11-drv-vmware
Version: 24
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: X/OpenGL Maintenance List
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-07-15 17:20 UTC by Ian Collier
Modified: 2016-08-10 15:09 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2016-08-10 15:09:10 UTC

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Description Ian Collier 2016-07-15 17:20:57 UTC
In kernel 4.6 running as the guest OS in VMware Workstation 12.0.1,
once the system has booted, the screen is completely black although
the UI elements are present and you can log in if you know where
to click.

I have four kernels installed on the system; everything else is
fully updated as of this morning.

kernel-4.5.5-300.fc24.x86_64  - Fine*
kernel-4.5.7-300.fc24.x86_64  - Fine*
kernel-4.6.3-300.fc24.x86_64  - Blank
kernel-4.6.4-301.fc24.x86_64  - Blank

[* There are some cursor alignment issues but let's get the blank screen
fixed first.]

Once you have logged in on the black gdm screen with kernel 4.6,
if the account is set to start gnome-wayland, this session
also presents a completely black screen although all the normal
processes are running.  If it's set to plain Gnome, the logged
in session works perfectly (although it prefers 800x600 resolution
which is a minor irritation).

If Wayland is disabled in the gdm config, the login screen also
works perfectly.

The WMware graphics adaptor is presenting as follows:

$ lspci -nn | grep VGA
00:0f.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: VMware SVGA II Adapter [15ad:0405]

If it's relevant, the host OS is Fedora 23 with Intel Xeon E3-1200
integrated graphics.

Comment 1 Ian Collier 2016-08-10 15:04:20 UTC
It appears this has been fixed in 4.6.5.

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