"waiting for dev to be fully populated" when discrete video card set in BIOS on ThinkPad W520

Jonathan Nieder jrnieder at gmail.com
Thu May 10 00:24:51 UTC 2012

notfound 670480 linux-2.6/3.2.15-1

Stephen Byrne wrote:

> ThinkPad W520 with NVidia Quadro 1000M usually hangs on boot at
> "waiting for dev to be fully populated" when the discrete card is selected
> in the BIOS.  When either the onboard card or NVidia Optimus is selected, the
> system boots normally and the onboard card works fine. I do not know if it is a
> udev problem or a kernel problem or what, I just guessed.
> It hangs the same way when booting in recovery mode.
> Once in a while it will boot with the discrete card selected, after which the
> nvidia-glx driver works fine. This happened before I ever installed nvidia-glx.
> While trying to get netconsole working I accidentally deleted
> /etc/modules, which fixed the problem. I had not manually edited it
> previously and I have no idea what was in there before.

Hmm.  I can't see where to move forward from here, so closing. :/
Also cc-ing the nvidia-glx maintainers for hints.

Thanks again, and sorry for the trouble.


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