Alpha 4 - First Sail

Forum thread started by ronald-scheckelhoff on Mon, 2012-11-12 17:33

I was surprised to see the Alpha 4 release on the home page today ... a few days earlier than expected. So, of course my first impulse was to download the anyboot file, and "dd" it onto my USB drive.

I tried a number of mirrors (really slow) until I hooked into the one in Sweden. I guess Haiku is gaining popularity. There must be quite a few download requests hitting the servers this afternoon. I remember seeing the download totals on one of the developer's pages for the Alpha 3 release. If I remember correctly, the total number of downloads was in the area of 170,000 (woot woot).

Anyway, my anticipation was put off a bit as the splash screen was followed by total black-out on my MSI netbook. For some reason, Alpha 4 didn't like the netbook video (Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller). Just a couple minutes ago I rebooted with safe-graphics mode selected at 800x600@32 bits, and (except for needing the safe-mode) things seem to be working OK. I see the uptick in Webkit and WebPositive versions. Great!

I see this bug for the Intel-extreme/945 driver has already been given a ticket:

However; the ticket seems to have been closed about 8 months ago. It looks like the changed code implemented a "most but not all" scenario. The netbook (MSI u120 / Intel 945 graphics) worked great under Alpha 3 at a resolution of 1024x600.


Re: Alpha 4 - First Sail

I also downloaded A4 and installed it. I used the installer to install it over an existing haiku build.
My NC8000 has an ATI mobility 9600 graphics card. Haiku A4 started well but the backlight was off.
I could barely see what's on the screen.
Starting in failsave mode solved the problem. I noticed in the syslog that the radeon driver was used (not the ati driver).
I removed the radeon driver and accelerant, rebooted et voila all works well now.

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My Asus Eee PC 900A has Intel GMA 950 for graphics and I've been running into the problem mentioned in in all recent nightlies as well as A4. I'm an absolute newbie to Haiku, so would you please explain how I can see the syslog and remove/change the graphics driver? I'm hoping your fix might work for me too. Currently, I'm stuck in VESA mode, which doesn't work that well. If I can get this issue fixed, I'm going to install to HD.

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I don't think removing the video driver is the answer. You have roughly the same graphics as I. When I look in the syslog, I don't see that any inappropriate drivers are being loaded. So, if we don't want VESA (800x600), then we need a fix for the Intel_extreme driver. I have submitted a ticket:

- Ron

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Removing the driver is just a workaround to be able to see something on the screen without the annoying interrupted boot sequence.
I'm a bit surprised that this problem arises since I've tried a number of recent nightly builds without any problems. I will see if a ticket exists for the ATI mobility 9600 driver.

By the way...the syslog is located in /system/common/var/log/syslog

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Darn. It boots fine from a USB. Of course when I installed it on my hard drive the boot loader came up, but didn't see the boot image on the hard drive. So I'm booted back into the USB right now. I'll try to repartition the hard drive again. Crossing fingers.

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Yeah for grub! Awesome. Up and running. Hey! What happened to stack and tile?

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Hi andrewclunn,

S&T is the default decorator and works out of the box, no need to activate it anymore. OPT is the trigger key.


Re: Alpha 4 - First Sail

For all you Mac users out there, right-OPT key is no longer the S&T trigger. It has been changed to the left-CMD key...