[Nouveau] [Bug 102593] New: Dell Precision m65 laptop, Nvidia Quadro FX 350M: the Nouveau driver seems to ruin the functionality of the screen

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            Bug ID: 102593
           Summary: Dell Precision m65 laptop, Nvidia Quadro FX 350M: the
                    Nouveau driver seems to ruin the functionality of the
           Product: xorg
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64)
                OS: Linux (All)
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: medium
         Component: Driver/nouveau
          Assignee: nouveau at lists.freedesktop.org
          Reporter: only1ryan at postpro.net
        QA Contact: xorg-team at lists.x.org

I don't know how to put it other than the combination of a Dell Precision m65
laptop, Nvidia Quadro FX 350M graphics card, and Nouveau driver leads to some
bizarre behavior by the screen.

The first stage of symptoms is the screen remains black during the boot
process.  As the kernel loads, only when it kicks into graphics mode does the
screen turn on.  (This makes it impossible to edit the BIOS settings on the
computer.)  Also, the brightness/contrast settings stop working properly.  Only
two options remain: maximum brightness or minimum brightness.

The second stage of symptoms is, after the screen comes alive during graphics
mode, when it boots into the desktop environment it becomes dark again.  Or,
the screen remains dark during the entire boot process.  In either case I have
to reboot the computer and cross my fingers it will work the next time.

The last stage of symptoms is the screen, when it does work, becomes fuzzy and
nearly unreadable.  At that point the only option is to use an external
monitor, but sometimes that fails to work properly too.  More important, it
ruins the point of having a portable computer.

I have witnessed the same outcome on two different m65 laptops.  I did not keep
track of the timeline of events for the first one, but the second one went
through the first two stages in less than two days.  I would like to rescue it
before it reaches the third stage.

I have attached the output from the kernel and X11.  If there are any
questions, please ask.


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