Xorg X11 Server Crashing After Update

24. September, 2012


After installing a new version of xorg-x11-server, it started crashing every time I started chromium. The effect was consistent: Every time I started the browser, the screen would go black and I’d be back in the login screen.

Looking into /var/log/kdm.log, I saw these lines:

0: /usr/bin/Xorg (xorg_backtrace+0x36) [0x564616]
1: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x168349) [0x568349]
2: /lib64/libpthread.so.0 (0x7f1d1618b000+0xf140) [0x7f1d1619a140]Segmentation fault at address (nil)

The reason for the error was that the xorg-x11-server contains the file /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so which is needed for the NVIDIA driver but the NVIDIA driver has its own, special version.

The fix for the error was to reinstall the NVIDIA driver again.

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Making openSUSE 11.4 Work on HP ProBook 5320m

11. December, 2011

If you have an ugly flickering screen when booting openSUSE 11.4 on a HP ProBook 5320m, then do this:

  1. You’ll need at least the package “xorg-x11-proto-devel” to build the driver (zypper install xorg-x11-proto-devel)
  2.  Download a working Intel graphics driver: xf86-video-intel-2.15.0.tar.bz2 (yes, there are other versions there as well and no, they don’t work)
  3. Unpack the archive
  4. cd xf86-video-intel-2.15.0
  5. Configure it: ./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64
  6. make
  7. as root: make install
  8. as root: Edit “/boot/grub/menu.lst” Add “nomodeset” to ever line which starts with “kernel”  and which doesn’t already have it
  9. Reboot.

Note: Do this remotely from a second PC – your eyes will be thankful. ssh and wget are your friends.