This is 100% repeatable situation. When option "Shadow" "True" is removed then X server does not crash. Kernel 3.0.4, xserver-xorg-video-intel 2.16.0-1 debian based system. I am using this xorg.conf :-
Identifier "Intel 945G "
Option "Shadow" "True"
Option "PreferredMode" "1280x800"
Option "Position" "0 224"
Option "PreferredMode" "1280x1024"
Option "Position" "0 0"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Intel Corporation 945G Integrated Graphics Controller"
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x800" "1024x768" "800x600" "600x480"
Why are you using option Shadow?
From the man page (man intel):
Option "Shadow" "boolean"
This option controls the use of GPU acceleration and placement
of auxiliary buffers in memory. Enabling the Shadow will disable
all use of the GPU for RENDER acceleration and force software-
fallbacks for all but updating the scan-out buffer. Hardware
overlay is still supported so Xv will continue to playback
videos using the GPU, but GL will be forced to use software ras‐
terisation as well. This is a last resort measure for systems
with crippling bugs, such as early 8xx chipsets. It is still
hoped that we will find a workaround to enable as much hardware
acceleration on those architectures as is possible, but until
then, using a shadow buffer should maintain system stability.
This may be a bug, but if your system works fine without this option, you might consider removing it...
If I don't use "shadow" I have a bigger issue, the GPU hang from time to time.
I will get this instead :-
[drm:i915_hangcheck_elapsed] *ERROR* Hangcheck timer elapsed... GPU hung
(In reply to comment #2)
> If I don't use "shadow" I have a bigger issue, the GPU hang from time to time.
> I will get this instead :-
> [drm:i915_hangcheck_elapsed] *ERROR* Hangcheck timer elapsed... GPU hung
Do you have a bug report for that too? What's the number? For your case, fixing the gpu hang will be a much better solution than fixing the "Shadow" option.
The GPU hang thing there is no lack of bug reports, and I haven't seen any fix yet. It's a intermittent issue and hard to repeat. Whereas this bug is 100% repeatable. Yeah I agree with you it is better to be able to fix the GPU han compared to this Xserver bug, however "wish to fix" and "actually able to fix" is a totally different issue.
This bug has been filed and I haven't even seen any attempt to "respond" to it yet, whether to ignore this bug or to fix this bug, what make you think that other bugs filed will be fixed ?
I believe that if the bugs won't be filled, certainly they won't be fixed...
If you can reproduce the GPU hang bug, please, fill in the issue as explained at http://intellinuxgraphics.org/how_to_report_bug.html. The i915_error_state is really important, it can explain why the hang happens.
If you want, please, send me or Paulo a direct mail as well when you do, so we could follow up with it faster.
The original bug should in theory be fixed by
Author: Pauli Nieminen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu Sep 22 18:38:53 2011 +0300
xf86/modes: Fix shadow rotation crashing when screen pixmap changes
Driver may change screen pixmaps after page flipping that would then
make damage lose track of the root pixmap.
Using root window for shadow damages fixes the problem because
SetWindowPixmap is implemented in shadow code.
Signed-off-by: Pauli Nieminen <email@example.com>
Reviewed-by: Keith Packard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Keith Packard <email@example.com>
Without details of the GPU hangs (which are extremely rare on 945g) we can not do anything towards fixing them.