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Julien Lengrand-Lambert

French guy living in the Netherlands. IT Chapter Lead @ING during the day, CoFounder @Skyai at night.

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Errors on Linux boot with a Radeon HD

Hi all,

For the past months, I had a huge issue with My debian based system.

I got a  Radeon 5770 graphical card and here are some more information:

[airballman@crunchbang:~]$ lspci | grep VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Juniper [Radeon HD 5700 Series]

On startup, I would have 15/20 seconds of errors flooding my boot screen.

Here is the Error log, repeated again and again:

[drm:radeon_ttm_backend_bind] *ERROR* failed to bind 1 pages at 0x0040F000
[TTM] Couldn't bind backend.
radeon 0000:01:00.0: object_init failed for (4096, 0x00000002)
[drm:radeon_gem_object_create] *ERROR* Failed to allocate GEM object (4096, 2, 4096, -22)

The problem as quite annoying, even causing graphical startup failures. . . I searched a lot for a solution and asked for some help.

I tried lots of stuff, from installing new free drivers to the proprietary ati solution. The latter solved the problem, but caused mouse freezes. . .

After a lot of problems, DarthWound finally gave my the good way to solve it !

The problem was coming from Plymouth, and removing it would remove the error :

$ sudo apt-get remove plymouth

The con of this method is that you will lose your beautiful startup image. . .

Let me know if you find a better solution !

You may see the effect on my screen here :

Gem Object problems on boot