Fedora 28 - i915/Intel Driver - Blank Greeter on LXDE

asked 2019-01-15 23:12:10 -0600

enema_combatant gravatar image

updated 2019-01-16 08:08:10 -0600

Hi Ask Fedora,

I've installed Fedora 28 onto my Dell Inspiron 1545. Other than the issue(s) described below, it works beautifully.

BACKGROUND:

(1) Attempted a USB-based install to my Inspiron 1545 (4GB RAM, 128GB SSD), and the only way I could proceed with the GUI installation was to provide NOMODESET on the cmdline (e, to edit) for the install process. It was decidedly low-res, but I figured a driver sort-out was in order after install and it would give me full resolution. No joy.

(2) I'm now stuck in 1024x768.

(3) NOMODESET is the only way I can use LXDE.

DETAILS:

(1) The laptop itself is somewhat a monster - the LCD screen was physically REMOVED from the laptop - the whole thing, so it's only the laptop bottom. It's ugly, but still works.

In fact ^^ it worked with Windows, no issues, displaying on the external Sanyo LCD monitor at the full resolution (1360x768) with no problem.

Also, LXDE works with NOMODESET, but only at 1024x768.

(2) When I REMOVE 'nomodeset' from the cmdline, it will boot just fine - but I am presented with the greeter background (the fiber optic blue graphic), a mouse pointer, and nothing else. The other terminals (ALT-F[2-8]) provide a normal text console login, which works fine. The ALT-F1 (primary console), again, shows the Fedora background greeter, a mouse pointer (which moves), and nothing else.

(3) When in the above config (with NOMODESET being removed from the cmdline), the following is the output from various commands I have learned in the past few days trying to troubleshoot this:

With NOMODESET present in cmdline:

[root@Towel ~]# inxi -SMCGx 
System:
  Host: Towel Kernel: 4.19.14-200.fc28.x86_64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 8.2.1 Desktop: LXDE 0.9.3 Distro: Fedora release 28 (Twenty Eight) 
Machine:
  Type: Portable System: Dell product: Inspiron 1545 v: N/A serial: 5DQG7H1 
  Mobo: Dell model: 0G848F serial: .5DQG7H1.CN701668CR02E3. BIOS: Dell 
  v: A14 date: 12/07/2009 
CPU:
  Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Pentium Dual T3400 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Core Merom rev: D L2 cache: 1024 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 bogomips: 8645 
  Speed: 998 MHz min/max: 1000/2167 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 998 2: 998 
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel Mobile 4 Series Integrated Graphics vendor: Dell 
  driver: N/A bus ID: 00:02.0 
  Display: server: Fedora Project X.org 1.19.6 driver: vesa 
  unloaded: fbdev,modesetting resolution: 1024x768~N/A 
  OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 6.0 128 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 18.0.5 
  direct render: Yes

With NOMODESET absent (removed) from cmdline:

[root@Towel ~]# inxi -SMCGx 
System:    Host: Towel Kernel: 4.19.13-200.fc28.x86_64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.2.1 Console: tty 2 
           Distro: Fedora release 28 (Twenty Eight) 
Machine:   Type: Portable System: Dell product: Inspiron 1545 v: N/A serial: 5DQG7H1 
           Mobo: Dell model: 0G848F serial: .5DQG7H1.CN701668CR02E3. BIOS: Dell v: A14 date: 12/07/2009 
CPU:       Topology ...
(more)
edit retag flag offensive close merge delete