2009.1 Errata

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This page contains the Errata for Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (2009.1). This means it contains information on known problems with Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring and, where available, how to fix, avoid or work around them. You should also see the Release Notes, which contain more general information on the Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring release.

Errata for earlier Mandriva Linux releases

Other errata pages are also available for older versions:

Testing Candidate Updates

When an issue in Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring is identified, the maintainer of the package concerned may build a package he believes will fix the bug, and upload it to a certain Mandriva software repository named /main/testing which is dedicated to testing potential fixes for such issues. This package can then be tested by users affected by the issue and by the Mandriva quality assurance team. If this testing determines that the package resolves the issue and does not cause any new ones, the package will be issued as an official update which will be provided to all Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring users via MandrivaUpdate.

If you are affected by an issue for which a candidate update package is available and you would like to help test the candidate package, you may configure your system so the Mandriva package management tools will recognize the /main/testing repository as a source of installable packages. For instructions on how to do this, please see installing and removing software (advanced use: backports and candidate updates).

There is also a /contrib/testing repository which performs the same function for packages in the /contrib section (although please note that we do not guarantee issues with /contrib packages will be fixed, the maintainers of each package may choose whether to issue updates at their own discretion). Configuring this repository is covered on the same page.

Installation Troubles

This section contains issues that workaround have been found

VIA Technologies, Inc.|VT8251 AHCI/SATA 4-Port Controller : no disk found

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #49828. No disk is found during installation then installation cannot be done.

Workaround : add kernel option at installation startup : pci=nomsi

Reboot at the end of the installation works without any modification.

Installing Updates

Updates for packages in the /main, /non-free and /contrib sections of Mandriva Linux can be installed using Mandriva Update. You can run Mandriva Update from the Mandriva Control Center by navigating to the Software Management tab and clicking on the link labelled "Update your system". Unless you disable it, you will also be notified of updates by the Mandriva Online update notification system, which displays an icon in the system tray to notify you when updates are available.

Resolved Issues

This section contains issues that have been resolved by official updates.

SiS 670 / 671-based video adapters do not work

See also update advisory MDVA-2009:068. X.org 1.6 requires that all video adapter drivers be based on the libpciaccess system. The external driver shipped with Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring and used to support some specific SiS adapters, x11-driver-video-sisimedia, had not been ported to the libpciaccess system, and so did not work when there was the 2009.1 release. In the previous month, you need to use the vesa driver to get basic graphics support on these adapters. Now, in June 2009, an updated SIS package, x11-driver-video-sisimedia-0.9.1-1.20080808.6.1mdv2009.1, was released through the official update channels on May 19th, 2009 that resolves this issue. Use MandrivaUpdate to fetch and install this update.

Kernel issues

DVB viewers don't work with ASUSTeK P7131 Dual saa7134 based card

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #49026. A regression has been introduced in the 2.6.29 kernel which prevents DVB viewers from working with the ASUSTeK P7131 Dual saa7134 based card. A possible workaround is to install the kernel-tmb-desktop-latest and kernel-tmb-desktop-devel-latest. Please note that people using the free radeonhd and ati drivers may have to disable Kernel Mode Setting by passing radeon.modeset=0 as a kernel option.

Machine freeze on X.Org startup on some via based motherboards+gforce 7300 video cards

Some machines with Via chipsets + Gforce 7300 may freeze at X.Org start up. The known reported combination which has problems is a Via P4M890 based motherboard plus Gforce 7300GT, other combinations can or cannot have problems. If you are affected, add to the kernel command line the option "pci=nommconf" to be able to avoid the crash. For more information, see Image:bug_small.png Bug #50469.

Hardware issues

Upgrade of x11-server

Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring introduces the new X.org server version 1.6. There are some known issues:

Some ATI cards are no longer supported by ATI proprietary driver (fglrx)

A new version of fglrx has been released by ATI to support new X.org server, but some cards are not supported anymore. They will be configured by default using open source drivers.

Possible 3D instability with radeon and radeonhd drivers for ATI graphics cards

Some users with ATI graphics cards have reported system freezes when playing 3D games or using intensive 3D applications. For R600 and newer Radeon HD card users, this issue can be worked around by using the proprietary fglrx driver. However, people using GPU older than R600 based cards won't be able to install the proprietary fglrx driver as it no longer supports these old chips. We hope to be able to provide improved radeon and radeonhd in the future. Please consult this wikipedia page to determine your chipset revision.

Possible display freezes with Intel graphics cards

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #50286 and Image:bug_small.png Bug #43897. Users of various Intel video chipsets reported freezes under various conditions notably when using 3D effects (or KDE desktop effects). In many cases, switching off desktop effects was reported to help.

If it still happens without desktop effects, you can add Option "DRI" "off" to the Device section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf. This will disable 3D acceleration and desktop effects, but makes suspend work reliably again and also avoid many types of crashes.

See also update advisory MDVA-2009:084. An update (x11-driver-video-intel-2.7.1-0.1mdv2009.1) has been release. It should resolve this issue most Intel cards, although there are still some reports of a freeze which is why this entry remains here in the Errata.

For the other type of cards (Intel 965 are known to be affected), users reported activating UXA fixed their problem as well. To activate UXA edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf configuration file and add the following line under the line "Driver intel" :

Option "AccelMethod" "UXA"

Although please note, that some users have reported problems resuming from suspend when using UXA.

As you will be reading this section, probably in despair, you can rest assured that the upstream Intel guys are working hard on the next releases and have already made great strides. We will not be able to easily see these changes in 2009.1 due to new kernel requirements, but rest assured, the future is bright!!

Tip: For those of you who have enough experience and accept the risk to have an unusable system, they can try the new 2.8 driver which will be implemented in 2010 release that will feature DRI2 and UXA technology. You can try them using a special repository provided by the MIB staff, for more info see this page.

The keyboard and the mouse don't work with some cases

It seems that there is this issue because there is a problem in starting order between messagebus and haldaemon, and the default option AllowEmptyInput in Xorg's configuration. Start in safe mode when your system is booting, and with the root account execute these command lines:

chkconfig --del messagebus
(ignore the errors)
chkconfig --add messagebus

Proprietary NVIDIA legacy 71xx driver series dropped

nvidia71xx drivers are not longer included in Mandriva 2009.1 causing some old GPUs to no longer work with nvidia driver. This is because upstream (NVIDIA) didn't release any version of these legacy drivers compatible with current xserver version (link). When upgrading, it is safe to remove nvidia71xx packages when asked to do so. After upgrading please reconfigure your graphics card in graphical server configuration section in Mandriva Control Center, so that it will be switched to another driver.

Slow or no internet response (particularly web browsing)

IPv6 issues

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #27070. There is a known problem with all Linux distributions that enable IPv6 networking (the new standard for network addresses which uses a longer, hexadecimal address format to provide a much larger number of possible addresses. The old standard is IPv4, which gives the four-groups-of-three-digits decimal address format most people are familiar with, e.g. Some systems and networks do not cope well if your system has IPv6 networking enabled.

If you experience sluggish response on the Internet, especially when browsing web sites, or if installing Firefox add-ons fails or stalls (see this), and you cannot find an apparent reason for this then you should try disabling IPv6. To do this, left-click the net_applet icon in the system tray this will open the Network Center, now open Advanced Settings and check Disable IPv6, then click OK and restart the system. (You can also reach the Network Center by opening the Mandriva Control Center > Network & Internet > Network Center).

TCP window scaling

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #27073. If this does not resolve the problem, there is another possibility. Most Linux distributions, including Mandriva, enable a kernel feature called TCP window scaling. This is useful for increasing the speed of transfers over very high bandwidth connections. However, a change was made in the default values for TCP window scaling in kernel 2.6.17, which seems to cause very slow network performance for some users with some internet sites. To see if TCP window scaling is the problem, you can disable it with this command:

sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_window_scaling=0

If this resolves the problem, you can make the change permanent by opening the Mandriva Control Center > Network & Internet > Network Center (for the Mandriva Control Center use Menu > Tools > System Tools > Configure Your Desktop), then open Advanced Settings and check Disable TCP Window Scaling.

This will disable TCP window scaling at every boot. If you do use a very high bandwidth network connection - for instance, you regularly transfer large files over a local 100Mbit or 1Gbit network - you may notice that disabling TCP window scaling results in slower performance over this connection. In this case, you could try restoring the pre-2.6.17 default settings rather than disabling TCP window scaling entirely. To do this, add the following line to /etc/sysctl.conf, instead of (not in addition to) the previous suggestion (to disable TCP Window Scaling):

net.ipv4.tcp_rmem=4096 87380 174760

This will change the default window scaling settings at every boot.

The Fn+F2 Key Combination To Toggle WiFi Doesn't Work On Some eeePC Models

The Fn+F2 key combination doesn't work on some eeePC Models, see Image:bug_small.png Bug #47495. For now the workaround is to make sure the rfkill-input kernel module is properly loaded; you can do this by checking the output of this command as root in terminal (to become root use the su command):

lsmod | grep rfkill-input

If this module isn't loaded then load it using this command as root:

modprobe rfkill-input

if this works then you can make the module get loaded automatically at boot by adding rfkill-input to /etc/modprobe.preload or use this command as root:

echo 'rfkill-input' >> /etc/modprobe.preload

Graphical boot menu not working on some CD readers

When trying to boot a One or install CD/DVD, in some rare cases, the boot process may hang and just display




On such machines, you can boot the CD/DVD successfully by rebooting and holding the 'shift' key until


appears and then typing 'live' (for One CDs) or 'linux' (for installation CDs/DVDs) without the quotes. See Image:bug_small.png Bug #48814 and Image:bug_small.png Bug #49768.

No sound at first boot with SBLive sound cards

The default Pulseaudio profiles for this card is set to Digital Output. However some systems are set to output on Analog output so you hear no sound.

In order to correct this, open pavucontrol (if not available, urpmi pavucontrol will install it for you), click on the profiles tab, and select Analog output profile (select the 5.1 Analog Output if required).

You should now hear sound. There is no other operation to perform, the setting will stay even with reboots.

Gnome display properties may not work correctly with ATI proprietary driver

See Image:bug_small.png Bug #51392. Gnome display properties may freeze when using an ATI card with the proprietary fglrx driver. This problem can be averted by upgrading the driver. Install a newer version of x11-driver-video-fglrx from the Non-free Backports repository (select Backports from the dropdown list in Software Management).

Configuring a multi-head system with AMD Control Center may not work

See Image:bug_small.png Bug #50679. The AMD Control Center Multi-Display tab may be inaccessible when using an ATI card with the proprietary fglrx driver. This problem can be averted by upgrading the driver. Install a newer version of x11-driver-video-fglrx from the Non-free Backports repository (select Backports from the dropdown list in Software Management).

Logout may freeze the system with some NVIDIA cards

See Image:bug_small.png Bug #50644. When trying to log out, the system may freeze with certain NVIDIA cards with certain NVIDIA proprietary driver versions. The issue can be worked around:

  1. If /var/lib/mandriva/kde4-profiles/common/share/config/kdm/kdmrc exists, open it and change line TerminateServer=true (if it exists) to TerminateServer=false.
  2. If /etc/X11/gdm/custom.conf exists, open it and change line AlwaysRestartServer=true (if it exists) to AlwaysRestartServer=false.

Configuring a multi-head system with AMD Control Center may not work

See Image:bug_small.png Bug #50679. The AMD Control Center Multi-Display tab may be inaccessible when using an ATI card with the proprietary fglrx driver. This problem can be averted by upgrading the driver. Install a newer version of x11-driver-video-fglrx from the Non-free Backports repository (select Backports from the dropdown list in Software Management).

Stability issues with some GeForce 6200/7200/7300 cards on SMP systems

See Image:bug_small.png Bug #46099. The proprietary NVIDIA driver shipped in Mandriva Linux 2009.1 has stability problems on multiprocessor systems with some GeForce 6200/7200/7300 video cards. This problem can be averted by upgrading the driver. Install a newer version of x11-driver-video-nvidia-current from the Non-free Backports repository (select Backports from the dropdown list in Software Management).

Upgrade issues

Update your Mandriva Linux 2009 system before upgrading

Online upgrading from Mandriva Linux 2009, as done via the popup suggestion by mdkapplet, may fail in a system with an outdated usermode package. See Image:bug_small.png Bug #41416 for details.

Splashy disabled after upgrade using installer

When upgrading previous releases of Mandriva Linux using installer, the vga=XXX parameter might be incorrectly removed from the kernel command line in the bootloader configuration file, causing graphical boot to be disabled. Restoring the missing vga=XXX entry fixes this issue. See Image:bug_small.png Bug #50293.

Migration from KDE3 to KDE4

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #42398. Mandriva 2009 Spring is using KDE 4 as its default KDE desktop environment and KDE3 is no longer maintained (and has not been since the Mandriva 2009.0 release). Unfortunately pre-2009.0 Mandriva release KDE3 users will have to migrate by hand the settings of their old KDE3 applications as there are no migration scripts. A dedicated page has been created on Mandriva wiki with detailed instructions and procedures : KDE3 to KDE4 Howto.

Package source keys not imported correctly when upgrading from installer

When upgrading previous distribution releases using installer, package source keys might not be imported correctly, causing error popups during install. This will not prevent upgrade to complete but package keys will not be checked after the installation. To workaround this issue, after upgrade is complete, using "Mandriva Control Center / Software Management / Configure Media Sources", remove all media sources and add them back. See Image:bug_small.png Bug #50383.

Software issues

Firefox doesn't change the colour of visited links

This option is disabled, in Mandriva, by default in Firefox-3.6.x due to a privacy invading vulnerability where a web page can easily obtain info about users' browsing habits using a simple css or a javascript, using the "colour" status of ":visited" links. Note that this option wasn't available in Firefox versions older than 3.5.

Links: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=147777 http://support.mozilla.com/tiki-view_forum_thread.php?locale=hu&comments_parentId=438422&forumId=1 http://davidwalsh.name/jquery-spyjax

If you don't care about this vulnerability, you can revert this change by typing about:config in Firefox address bar then pressing Enter, search for layout.css.visited_links_enabled and double click it to change it to true.

Printer configuration tool not installed by default in KDE One editions

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #49994. Because of space problem on CDs, the printer configuration tool, system-config-printer, is not installed by default when installing a KDE One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring. However as the corresponding entry is available in Mandriva Control Center in the Hardware tab, you just need to click on the corresponding icon, and all the needed packages will be installed automatically. Be sure to have configured correctly the Mandriva repositories and have a working internet connection beforehand.

No burning application by default in KDE One editions

The KDE burning application, K3B, is not installed by default when installing a KDE One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring due to space constraints. The k3b package can be installed from the Mandriva /main repositories simply by using the Mandriva packages management tools. After doing so, the burning application will be available in the applications menu, in the Tools section. The K3B application as shipped in Mandriva 2009 Spring is a pre-version, as K3B was the latest big KDE 3 application not having a working KDE 4 port. That's why Mandriva dedicated some developers to help porting K3B to KDE4.

Firefox sometimes marks all typed words as misspelled even though they are correctly spelled

For systems installed using the One Live CD typing in Firefox in a TEXTAREA, i.e. in a forum post or when sending an email, you might see that all words are underlined and marked as misspelled even though they're spelled correctly. This is easily solved by right clicking any erroneously underlined word and selecting the correct language from the Languages sub-menu.

This happens because the One CD's install a number of locales and myspell dictionaries, this seems to confuse Firefox and make it select a dictionary not matching the current system locale.

Some OpenOffice.org functions do not work in One edition

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #44644. The One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009.1 does not include a Java environment, due to lack of space. OpenOffice.org relies on Java for several features, so these features will not work from the One edition when running live, and will also not work from the One edition after installation until you install the openoffice.org-java-common package, using the Mandriva package management tools. A brief summary of features which will not work without Java follows:

  • Creating databases, forms and user controls in Base
  • Accessing any type of database in Base which would use the JDBC connector
  • Saving / exporting to AportisDoc (Palm) (.pdb), DocBook (.xml), Microsoft Word 2003 XML (.xml), OpenDocument Text (Flat XML) (.fodt), Pocket Word (.psw), Unified Office Format text (.uot), BibTex, Latex 2e and MediaWiki in Writer
  • Saving / exporting to Pocket Excel (.pxl), Microsoft XML 2003 Excel format (.xml) , OpenDocument SpreadSheet(Flat XML)(.fods) and Unified Office Format spreadsheet (.uos) in Calc
  • Saving / exporting to OpenDocument Presentation (Flat XML) (.fodp) and Unified Office Format presentation (.uop) in Impress
  • Saving / exporting to Saving file as to: OpenDocument Drawing (Flat XML) (.fodg) in Draw
  • Letter, Fax, Agenda and Web Page wizards in all modules
  • Exporting to XHTML (.xhtml, .html) in all modules
  • Saving documents containing macros written in JavaScript or Beanshell in all modules

Again, to restore these functions, simply install the openoffice.org-java-common package.

Impossible to drag folders to the trash in kde4

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #49151. A regression has been introduced in KDE 4 which makes it impossible to drag folders to the trash in kde4. As a workaround, folders can be sent to the trash by doing a right click on them and then selecting Send to Trash. A patch has already been made and will be issued in a later update.

Desktop effects don't work with speedboot on slow system

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #49490. On slow systems, DRI support may not be loaded correctly when using speedboot mode as libdrm will timeout while waiting for the DRI device to be initialized. As a workaround users can disable speedboot by passing the speedboot=no option to the kernel.

VMware Initial Configuration Script Fails To Build Necessary Modules

For VMware modules to be built you need the matching -devel package for your running kernel and the gcc-c++ package, you can use this command in terminal as root to do that (this will install packages from the online Mandriva repositories, so if you haven't done so already set them up by following the steps outlined here )

urpmi gcc-c++ kernel-`uname -r| awk -F- '{print $2}'`-latest kernel-`uname -r| awk -F- '{print $2}'`-devel-latest

Because of an incompatibility between VMware and the 2.6.29 Kernel series you need to apply a patch for the VMware kernel modules to be built correctly. From here download these two files:

  • vmware-6.5.2-modules-2.6.29-fix.sh
  • vmware-6.5.2-modules-2.6.29-fix.patch

Put them in the same directory then in terminal change to this directory (using the cd command) next as root make the shell script executable and run it like this:

chmod a+x vmware-6.5.2-modules-2.6.29-fix.sh


After this the vmware initialisation script should complete successfully and build the necessary modules.

NFS shares not mounted during bootup

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #48920. For at least some network card drivers there seems to be a problem regarding in time detection wether a cable is plugged into the card or not. Due to this, NFS shares are not mounted. You may try to workaround the issue by adding MIN_LINK_DETECTION_DELAY=5 to your NIC configuration file (typically /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0).

Speedboot not enabled after One installation

After installing Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring from a Mandriva One image, speedboot might not enabled automatically. This issue is not present when installation is done using Free or Powerpack editions and will be fixed with initscript bugfix update Image:bug_small.png Bug #50270.

No Sound on a Dell Dimension 4550

Logging in to Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring gives no sound when using the ALSA-driver. This is due to an incorrect setting and you should uncheck the "Digital/Analog output Jack" box in an ALSA-mixer Image:bug_small.png Bug #49048.

VFAT partitions not mountable because diskdrake sets umask= instead of umask=0

When selecting the option do make a vfat partition writable for users or when doing a fresh install the umask is empty instead om zero, making the partition unmountable. To workaround or solve this problem select the partition, select toggle to expert mode, select options and speficy the value for umask to be 0 in the list of options, then click done. Also see Image:bug_small.png Bug #50177.

3D-accelerated desktop

3D-accelerated desktop and video playback

See also Image:bug_small.png Bug #25572. If you use the 3D accelerated desktop technologies included in Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (AIGLX or Xgl), you may notice that video playback does not work very well - moving, resizing, maximizing the video window will cause problems, or you may see strange artifacts in or through the video. You may also notice that, if you use the 'cube' feature of compiz, the video does not play while you rotate the cube. There are two ways to avoid this problem.

If you have an Intel graphics adapter, you can try using the Compiz Video Playback plugin. Using the ccsm configuration tool for Compiz, scroll down to the Utility section and you should see a plugin labelled Video Playback. Enable this plugin. This should allow video playback to work in several applications.

If you have a different video adapter, or you still experience problems with the Video Playback plugin enabled, you should set your video player to use an output driver which does not use video overlay. If you use AIGLX, you should use the x11 / xshm output driver. If you use Xgl, you can use the x11 / xshm driver or the OpenGL output driver (which may be smoother and offer more features, such as brightness / contrast control, than the x11 / xshm driver). The way to do this is different for different video players.

  • For players that use gstreamer - which includes the default Mandriva video players in both KDE 4 (DragonPlayer) and GNOME (Totem) - run the command gstreamer-properties, go to the "Video" tab, and set the video output to "X Window System (No Xv)". If gstreamer-properties does not exist, you should install the package gnome-media.
  • For mplayer, for x11 / xshm output, add this line to ~/.mplayer/config (and also to ~/.mplayer/mplayerplug-in.conf if you use the mplayerplugin browser plugin):

For OpenGL output, add the following line instead:

  • For xine, go to the settings menu, set your configuration experience level to "Advanced", then go to the video tab and change "video driver to use" to "xshm" for x11 / xshm output or "openGL" for OpenGL output. Alternatively, you can use these console commands. For x11 / xshm output:

perl -pi -e 's|#video.driver:auto|video.driver:xshm|' ~/.xine/config

For OpenGL output:

perl -pi -e 's|#video.driver:auto|video.driver:openGL|' ~/.xine/config

  • For the KDE 3 version of Kaffeine, go to the settings menu, select "Xine backend configuration" and in the video tab change the driver to "xshm" for x11 / xshm output or "openGL" for OpenGL output.
  • For Totem in Xine mode, run this command for x11 / xshm output:

perl -pi -e 's|#video.driver:auto|video.driver:xshm|' ~/.config/totem/xine_config

Or this command for OpenGL output:

perl -pi -e 's|#video.driver:auto|video.driver:openGL|' ~/.config/totem/xine_config

  • For x11 / xshm output in KMplayer, go to Settings -> Configure KMplayer. Then in the "General Options" section go to the Output tab. In this section change Video Driver to "X11Shm".
  • For X11 output in VLC, open Tools -> Preferences -> Video and change Output to X11 video output.
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