GeForce2 on Inspiron 4100
I am struggling to get the Nvidia
drivers running on a Dell laptop with a GeForce2
Go chip. I've got slackware 7.1 running kernel
2.4.5 with XFree 4.0.1. I downloaded and built
the source distribution without trouble, and
lsmod reports NVDriver loaded, but X crashes.
I have a maximally verbose log file, but I
thought I would first see if there was any
interest in it, and post it only on request.
The chip is detected, and there are few errors,
but the log ends with:
(--) Chipset GeForce2 Go found
(II) Found 1 PCI NVIDIA devices
Fatal server error:
Caught signal 4. Server aborting
Any suggestions? One problem I have noted
is the lack of the special device files. I
have found no documentation on their creation.
Does anyone know what signal 4 is?
got devices, but still broken
I downloaded the check installation
script and ran it. It gave me some hints about
which devices were missing. Then I discovered
the script that should have created these in the
kernel module build directory. It depends on
the mktemp utility, which I do not have. So
I revised the script to quit using that, and it
ran far enough to create the devices. Then the
nv_check.sh script gives me a clean bill of
health. But X fails with exactly the same
error as before.
post the complete log please, maybe there is something "interesting" inside.
Here is the log:
that's an easy one, upgrade your Xfree :) you need a newer version.
look in the nvidia readme for exact infos about which version needed,
but I think at least 4.0.1/2, dunno
Thanks very much mtrr, I'll do that. I
thought I had done so already, but I see
that I am one minor version off. Just the
sort of thing I tend to overlook when
tired and frustrated.
no problem, if you're on your way update to 4.2.1, did that on
my notebook and had never any problems with it.
All good now
Hi mtrr, and others,
I have the NVidia drivers working well
now. The key was to upgrade to Slackware
8, and go for the latest X, as mtrr suggested.
I suspect the minimum software list is not
quite right. I was even able to get NVdriver
suspending, by hacking the kernel driver as
suggested by http://www.hitnet.rwth-aachen.de/~thomasd/DellInst/
It disables the AGP interface, but it still seems
fast enough to me.
good to read that!
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