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Re: [Xen-users] ATI Catalyst BSOD

  • To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Casey DeLorme <cdelorme@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 01:14:13 -0400
  • Delivery-date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 05:16:05 +0000
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xen.org>

Status Update:

Following Andrew's suggestion VGA Passthrough was a success.  I have been testing all day and also sorta figured out the one bug I mentioned.

Without CCC I can't control special functionality such as scaling or over/under scan.  When connected to my ASUS 23.5" HD Monitor this was a problem, I tried both DVI to HDMI and HDMI to HDMI.  However, when I connected the HDMI to my HDTV, the screen on my HDTV is filled, the monitor remains the same.  I believe this means my HD Monitor has a higher native resolution than 1920x1080, however I don't know the model off hand.

In any event, CCC won't install, and I test advanced configuration changes, that is the only downside thus far.

I also passed the onboard audio and tested it successfully, as well as onboard USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 chipsets (I have two of each leaving me plenty for the console/Dom0 keyboard).

USB 3.0 is finicky; it worked fine for my Logitech G11 & G110 keyboards, Microsoft (wired) laser mouse, and the XBox 360 Wireless Adapter.

However, my ASUS BT211 BlueTooth Dongle/Adapter is recognized but fails to install drivers, similarly my Logitech C910 HD WebCam drivers install but I only get audio no video, and similar results with a Happauge HD PVR.  However, these three devices work 100% when connected to USB 2.0 ports instead.

Many guides for VGA Passthrough use the XM Toolstack, this is working for me with the XL toolstack, not sure if this is important to anyone.

The greatest issue I am encountering thus far is when I shut down the HVM, xl list still shows a zombie record with some memory & vcpu's attached, the name is (null).  I can't restart the HVM after shutting it down unless I reboot the host.

I actually did not have this issue when I compiled Xen 4.2 unstable from source previously, so I plan to try that again soon as I also want to test EFI Bootloader compatibility.

I am documenting my steps, so I hope to put together a nice detailed & complete walkthrough on the Xen wiki once I get Xen 4.2 Unstable working.


On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM, Andrew Bobulsky <rulerof@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hello Casey,

I experienced the same problem on VMware.

The problem for me was *somehow* related to Catalyst Control Center.
I wish I knew why.  I can't think of a single good reason that CCC
would cause a crash, but it does.

Try omitting CCC from the install process, and it may work for you!

Andrew Bobulsky

On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM, Casey DeLorme <cdelorme@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Still trying to get Windows 7 x64 and VGA Passthrough functional.
> After plenty of testing with an nVidia GTX 460, including both patched and
> non-patched versions, the furthest I came was a basic install which
> recognized the card by it's name, allowed drivers to install, but won't
> activate with a Code 43 in Device Manager.
> At the recommendation of many, I purchased an AMD ATI Radeon HD 6870.
> My Dom0 is Debian, I have tried both Squeeze and Wheezy, a compiled 4.1.2
> and 4.2, as well as a pre-packaged (aptitude) 4.1.2 and 4.0 (on squeeze).
> In all cases, Windows 7 x64 installed, I could pass the card to the HVM, and
> it would install default Windows drivers that would give then pass graphics
> to the physically connected monitor (by means of DVI out).
> This also means my VNC display goes blank after booting (which is fine as an
> end result).
> However, upon attempting to install the ATY Catalyst Drivers, I get a BSOD
> which claims atikmpag.sys file is the cause, but I have no further
> information.
> I have tried from version 9.12 up to the latest 12.2, the results are the
> same.
> Has anyone else encountered this, if so how did you resolve it?
> If you have not encountered this, can you send me the list of steps you took
> to setup and install your system?
> I can't seem to find a guide that starts at "Setting up Dom0" to "Installing
> VGA Drivers in HVM".
> I would greatly appreciate some guidance.
> Thanks,
> ~Casey DeLorme
> Additionally, I have not been successful with the module pciback, I had to
> custom compile the linux kernel for it to function right.  I was told Debian
> Squeeze had this "built-in", but the net install version 6.04 kernel flag is
> set to "m" not "y".
> In any event, if anyone has additional tips on pciback as a module, and
> specific controls (such as how to undo a hidden device) that would be super
> helpful.  So far everytime I hide a device, even if I remove the grub
> command the device is no longer accessible from Dom0, this has created
> problems as I can't seem to re-attach devices to Dom0.
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