View Full Version : Solaris 11 Express - Nvidia 3100M no driver support?

11-17-10, 12:46 PM
I got a new thinkpad 510 - with 3100M - only vesa boot is possible, nothing more. :thumbdwn:

With vesa normal boot is possible. without vesa - it crashes and blacks the x Server..
there seems to be many complains about this actually

Are there any plans to get new drivers?



11-18-10, 05:52 PM
Looking at my Solaris Express 11 the driver installed is 256.53. Looking at the release notes here:


it shows about 2/3's the way down "NVS 3100M 0x0A6C". This shows the card is supported by this driver.

What you may have to do is add support for your chipset in /etc/driver_aliases.

The way one goes to check this is, and I'll use my Nvidia FX5800 card as an example.

Enter the command:

pfexec scanpci

Search the output for the listing ]s with Nvidia in it, mine shows:

pci bus 0x000f cardnum 0x00 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x05fd
nVidia Corporation GT200GL [Quadro FX 5800]

Now looking on the supportedchips.html earlier shows my card as:

"Quadro FX 5800 0x05FD"

Looking in the file /etc/driver_aliases I found:

nvidia "pci10de,5fd"

What your looking at is the 5fd is common to all three examples. Sometimes the driver_aliases doesn't get all chipsets listed and you have to manually add an entry. The correct chipset to add is the one displayed from the output of "scanpci".

So the first thing to do is run scanpci to see what chipset is listed.


11-20-10, 02:00 AM
Hi Paul

I did this and the driver is already listed in /etc/driver_aliases
I got i working with a tip to manually change vesa to nv...

but if i use "the driver" while installation (it's optimus hardware) i got only flickering
have to boot with vesa drivers ..

if i try to configure with nvidia-settings or nvidia-xconfig - machine goes black or flickering ... didn't find out how to setup correctly till now ...

maybe you have some ideas? would be great



11-20-10, 10:08 AM
@bayoda: we recently debugged a problem consistent with what you describe. This problem is the result of a regression in Solaris Express, introduced earlier this year. Oracle is currently looking into how to best solve this problem.

11-20-10, 04:05 PM
Seems that it really depends on nvidia card - my office PC works perfect wit h
nvidia 9800GT running B134 (with hardware acceleration and all this) ...

but not with the NVS 3500m ...

already seen a "bug" on defect.opensolaris.org -> 15751...

maybe the problem is somewhere else?

11-21-10, 01:36 PM
The severity of the symptoms caused by the regression I referred to above range from start-up failures to intermittent stress test failures, and vary depending on the system configuration.