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asked 2016-07-20 07:32:43 -0600

Sardathrion gravatar image

updated 2016-07-22 02:48:47 -0600

When booting on any kernel later than 4.5.7-300.fc24.x86_64, I get a blank screen -- No source, monitor LED goes yellow. I have the following installed:


Graphics card is:

; /sbin/lspci | grep -i vga
13:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GM204 [GeForce GTX 970] (rev a1)

This bug could be it...

Any work around?

From journalctl:

Jul 20 14:06:57 localhost.localdomain kernel: nouveau 0000:01:00.0: DRM: Unknown-1 has no encoders, removing
Jul 20 14:06:57 localhost.localdomain kernel: nouveau 0000:01:00.0: DRM: failed to create encoder 1/8/0: -19
Jul 20 14:06:57 localhost.localdomain kernel: nouveau 0000:01:00.0: DRM: unknown connector type 70
Jul 20 14:06:57 localhost.localdomain kernel: nouveau 0000:01:00.0: DRM: Pointer to flat panel table invalid
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So, what graphics adapter do you have installed?

In order to have a bootable system, make sure you remain with one of the 4.5.x kernels during the next update processes. You can also (temporarily) increase the number of kernels to keep: Set installonly_limit to maybe 5 in /etc/dnf/dnf.conf.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-07-20 11:16:45 -0600 )edit

@RealPlayerCraft: Monitor LED.

Sardathrion gravatar imageSardathrion ( 2016-07-22 02:44:03 -0600 )edit

@florian: Yes, I set installonly_limit=7 as I am paranoid. The graphics card is a GTX970. Is that what you meant by graphics adapter?

Sardathrion gravatar imageSardathrion ( 2016-07-22 02:49:58 -0600 )edit

7 is a lot but OK if you /boot is large enough.

GTX970 is the problem! Google for it. There are report of a bug that doesn't let 4.6 kernels boot with this hardware. Stick to 4.5 kernels until problem is fixed - not a big deal, right?!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-07-22 09:32:00 -0600 )edit

You can always get some extra room by removing the oldest kernel that you know doesn't work.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-07-22 14:31:46 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-08-01 05:33:45 -0600

Sardathrion gravatar image

Apparently, this is finally fixed for 4.12.X kernels which are not yet supported by Fedora 24/25/26… Pathetic!

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answered 2016-07-22 09:33:17 -0600

florian gravatar image

updated 2016-07-22 09:35:01 -0600

As you already mentioned in your question, this seems to be a bug that has been reported here:

Subscribe to the bug report in order to get updates and possible workarounds.

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answered 2016-11-24 13:04:35 -0600

Since this seems to be a permanent problem with no real chance of getting fixed, I have the simple question: Will I get Fedora to display something if I replace my GTX 970 with a GTX 1070 or will it be the same?

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Then ask a question instead of answering one…

Sardathrion gravatar imageSardathrion ( 2017-08-01 05:32:16 -0600 )edit

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