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Solved: After Jessie upgrade I'm unable to start X

Postby BeBoxer » 2017-02-14 04:22

I upgraded my squeeze system to jessie this morning and it now appears to crash whenever X is started. I can't for the life of me find any logs which might help though. It's pretty boring Intel integrated graphics so I'm kind of surprised it isn't just working. I've got GDM stopped and am just using 'startx' to try and bring X11 up. After printing a few lines to the console the screen goes black and my monitor says it's resizing. After that, nothing. Keyboard is unresponsive. The network connection goes down. I've tried to capture what little output is produced from 'startx' but the file doesn't even seem to be created. With no logging output I don't have a lot to go on. I've done a bunch of reading and research but it's a pretty vague problem to diagnose I know.

Here's the card info and kernel:
$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82G965 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
$ uname -a
Linux monolith 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.39-1 (2016-12-30) x86_64 GNU/Linux

Update: I did manage to get the output of startx saved. The log file referenced was created but was empty.

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X.Org X Server 1.16.4
Release Date: 2014-12-20
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64 Debian
Current Operating System: Linux monolith 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.39-1 (2016-12-30) x86_64
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-4-amd64 root=UUID=a175ac0a-f5f6-44e7-8ae4-ac0e512c4b82 ro quiet
Build Date: 11 February 2015  12:32:02AM
xorg-server 2:1.16.4-1 (http://www.debian.org/support)
Current version of pixman: 0.32.6
   Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
   to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
   (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
   (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Mon Feb 13 21:58:50 2017
(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
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Re: After Jessie upgrade I'm unable to start X

Postby BeBoxer » 2017-02-14 04:28

I was able to get Xorg.log.0 to show up by mounting the root filesystem with sync. There's no errors and nothing jumps out. The end of the file is below. kern.log didn't report anything at all at the time. I'm still stumped.

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[   404.160] (II) Loading sub module "dri2"
[   404.249] (II) LoadModule: "dri2"
[   404.394] (II) Module "dri2" already built-in
[   404.483] (II) UnloadModule: "modesetting"
[   404.661] (II) Unloading modesetting
[   404.839] (II) UnloadModule: "fbdev"
[   405.017] (II) Unloading fbdev
[   405.206] (II) UnloadSubModule: "fbdevhw"
[   405.418] (II) Unloading fbdevhw
[   405.607] (II) UnloadModule: "vesa"
[   405.818] (II) Unloading vesa
[   405.996] (==) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp
[   406.084] (II) intel(0): [DRI2] Setup complete
[   406.173] (II) intel(0): [DRI2]   DRI driver: i965
[   406.262] (II) intel(0): Allocated new frame buffer 1024x768 stride 4096, tiled
[   406.363] (II) UXA(0): Driver registered support for the following operations:
[   406.451] (II)         solid
[   406.540] (II)         copy
[   406.629] (II)         composite (RENDER acceleration)
[   406.718] (II)         put_image
[   406.808] (II)         get_image
[   406.897] (==) intel(0): Backing store enabled
[   406.986] (==) intel(0): Silken mouse enabled
[   407.076] (II) intel(0): Initializing HW Cursor
[   407.164] (II) intel(0): RandR 1.2 enabled, ignore the following RandR disabled message.
[   407.254] (==) intel(0): DPMS enabled
[   407.342] (==) intel(0): Intel XvMC decoder enabled
[   407.431] (II) intel(0): Set up textured video
[   407.499] (II) intel(0): Set up overlay video
[   407.565] (II) intel(0): [XvMC] i965_xvmc driver initialized.
[   407.632] (II) intel(0): direct rendering: DRI2 Enabled
[   407.699] (==) intel(0): hotplug detection: "enabled"
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Re: After Jessie upgrade I'm unable to start X

Postby dilberts_left_nut » 2017-02-14 06:26

BeBoxer wrote:I upgraded my squeeze system to jessie this morning

How did you do this?
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Re: After Jessie upgrade I'm unable to start X

Postby BeBoxer » 2017-02-14 13:50

dilberts_left_nut wrote:
BeBoxer wrote:I upgraded my squeeze system to jessie this morning

How did you do this?


Sorry I misspoke. I upgraded from Wheezy via the normal process. I have an old squeeze system I need to do something with and I got them confused. I've looked at the logs from the upgrade and there is nothing I would consider out of the ordinary.
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Re: After Jessie upgrade I'm unable to start X

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2017-02-14 20:54

BeBoxer wrote:I upgraded from Wheezy via the normal process.

Please elaborate.

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Re: After Jessie upgrade I'm unable to start X

Postby BeBoxer » 2017-02-14 21:53

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
BeBoxer wrote:I upgraded from Wheezy via the normal process.

Please elaborate.

I think you may have made a mistake somewhere but my crystal ball is not working today...


In short:
    update /etc/apt/sources.list, replacing 'wheezy' with 'jessie'
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    apt-get dist-upgrade

As part of my debugging I've removed gdm and some gnome packages to rule things out and prevent X from starting automatically. That lets me at least log in on the console without having to go into rescue mode. From there I've been running 'startx' by hand which triggers the crash or hang.
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Re: Solved: After Jessie upgrade I'm unable to start X

Postby BeBoxer » 2017-02-24 03:54

After much struggling with the software it eventually turned out to be a hardware issue. My computer had an ADD-7312-DVI riser card installed. Here are some details: Prolink ADD-7312-DVI. It's basically a DVI riser card. I've had it in the system and it worked fine before so I didn't really suspect it. I probably should have but I didn't. Anyway, with it removed everything seems to work fine. The MB has a VGA out which is more or less just as good for now. I'd head off to file a bug but to be honest I'm not sure which package to report it to. And likely it's an upstream issue. Anyway, thanks for the help.
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