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IMX6Q Start X server Failed With Segmentation Fault Error

Question asked by Alex Soo on Aug 8, 2019
Latest reply on Aug 14, 2019 by Alex Soo

Hi there,


I am currently working to enable X-server on a customized IMX6Q board and I am using kernel version 3.14.52.  The IMX6Q target board is using an LVDS panel as a system console, when the system boots up, I can see boot messages on the screen, but the screen is blanked just before the login prompt appears.

After some investigations, it was found that during the initialization of X-server, the below commands in the init script file “/etc/init.d/xserver-nodm”:

       echo "Starting Xserver"

      . /etc/X11/xserver-common

      xinit /etc/X11/Xsession -- `which $XSERVER` $ARGS >/var/log/Xsession.log 2>&1

is causing the “xf86-video-imxfb-vivante” driver  to call ioctl(fdDev, FBIOBLANK, FB_BLANK_NORMAL) to turn off the LVDS screen.  I had to run the command

# echo 0 > /sys/class/graphics/fb0/blank

on the serial console to turn on the LVDS screen again.


Running the command “startx” will also turn off the LVDS screen.

The log file /var/log/Xorg.0.log (attached) shows that during the initialization of EXA driver, the start X process failed with error “Segmentation fault at address 0xe0”.


[1881882.947] (II) VIVANTE(0): test Initializing EXA

[1881882.947] (II) VIVANTE(0): (driver build from: -dirty)

[1881882.953] (II) EXA(0): Driver allocated offscreen pixmaps

[1881882.953] (II) EXA(0): Driver registered support for the following operations:

[1881882.953] (II)         Solid

[1881882.953] (II)         Copy

[1881882.953] (II)         Composite (RENDER acceleration)

[1881882.953] (II)         UploadToScreen

[1881882.953] (EE)

[1881882.953] (EE) Backtrace:

[1881882.954] (EE)

[1881882.954] (EE) Segmentation fault at address 0xe0

[1881882.954] (EE)

Fatal server error:

[1881882.954] (EE) Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault). Server aborting

[1881882.954] (EE)

[1881882.954] (EE)

Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support


 for help.

[1881882.954] (EE) Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.

[1881882.955] (EE)

[1881882.978] (EE) Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.


In my build environment, the below kernel options are enabled:




and the “xf86-video-imxfb-vivante” package that I am using is of version “5.0.11.p4.5”.

$ ls -l
-rw-r--r-- 1 ylsoo ylsoo 349 Dec 28 2015


Can this version support the IMX6Q Vivante GPU? Should I upgrade it to a newer version?

Really appreciate if someone could provide any advice or solution to this problem.