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    Question Dell Vostro 3550 unknown "Video Bus" device.

    Hi all!
    I have Dell Vostro 3550 laptop with core i3 and Ubuntu 12.04.1 installed. And there is some strange issue: continuous generation of keypress event which looks like "^@" symbols combination in console and causes graphical interface flickering (not entire display, but windows and cursor), but when external monitor is plugged everything changes dramatically: flickering stops and monitors start to turn off and on in various resolutions.
    Experimentally I've found that this issue is caused by "Video Bus" input device:
    Code:
    $xinput --list --long
    ↳ Video Bus                               	id=8	[slave  keyboard (3)]
    	This device is disabled
    	Reporting 1 classes:
    		Class originated from: 8. Type: XIKeyClass
    		Keycodes supported: 248
    When device is disabled by following command:
    Code:
    xinput set-prop 8 "Device Enabled" 0
    everything becomes ok.

    Here are some details:
    Code:
    $xinput --watch-props 8
    Device 'Video Bus':
    	Device Enabled (140):	0
    	Coordinate Transformation Matrix (142):	1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000
    	Device Product ID (257):	0, 6
    	Device Node (258):	"/dev/input/event7"
    	Virtual Device (259):	1
    Code:
    $cat /proc/bus/input/devices
    I: Bus=0019 Vendor=0000 Product=0006 Version=0000
    N: Name="Video Bus"
    P: Phys=LNXVIDEO/video/input0
    S: Sysfs=/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/device:00/PNP0A08:00/device:19/LNXVIDEO:00/input/input7
    U: Uniq=
    H: Handlers=kbd event7 
    B: PROP=0
    B: EV=3
    B: KEY=3e000b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Code:
    $lsinput -v
    /dev/input/event7
       bustype : BUS_HOST
       vendor  : 0x0
       product : 0x6
       version : 0
       name    : "Video Bus"
       phys    : "LNXVIDEO/video/input0"
       bits ev : EV_SYN EV_KEY
    Thanks!

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    Re: Dell Vostro 3550 unknown "Video Bus" device.


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    Re: Dell Vostro 3550 unknown "Video Bus" device.

    Hi,
    I've got the same computer, (Intel Core i5, dual gpu (Intel Sandy Bridge, AMD 6630m).
    I experience the exact same bug, thanks to your post I can now "prevent that bug", by running
    Code:
    xinput set-prop 8 "Device Enabled" 0
    automatically at each session launch (thanks to gnome autostart app).
    But there might be a "cleaner/better" way to do it, I've heard about the xinit.rc file but do not know how to configure it... Would you have an idea?

    I can neither identify that device, it is for sure a duplicate of the "Video Bus" id=7, I think it might be the fact that I have dual gpu, as Dell engineers implemented the muxless system on the Vostro series, they may have not written device properties, like a description or the name of the manufacturer of that "Video Bus". And because X11 isn't really coded to detect well switchable graphic cards, it detects twice that device which leads to a bug...

    Question : Do you have the AMD catalyst driver installed?

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    Re: Dell Vostro 3550 unknown "Video Bus" device.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexislavie View Post
    Question : Do you have the AMD catalyst driver installed?
    Hi, yes I have AMD catalyst installed v8.96 - package from ubuntu restricted repo, newer version from AMD are not working for me.

    As I can understand this bug caused by some kernel module because while testing upstream kernel I missed the installation of linux-image-extra and "blincking issue" was gone. My thought is to try unloading kernel modules one by one to detect which module causing bug.

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    Re: Dell Vostro 3550 unknown "Video Bus" device.

    12.10 is also affected.

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    Re: Dell Vostro 3550 unknown "Video Bus" device.

    It looks like issue with GUI blinking is fixed but continuous generation of keypress event which looks like "^@" in TTY remains.

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