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FlipmodePlaya 02-19-04 08:46 PM

SuSE 9 with 5900 FX Problem.
I eMailed SuSE for support, but it doesn't look like they will respond.

I'm trying to install the 1.0-5336 drivers for Linux IA32 on SuSE 9, with a 2.4.x kernel. I downloaded the .run script and ran it, following the special SuSE instructions (here ), and everything seemed to go fine. It says to configure SaX afterwards with the command 'sax2 -m 0=nvidia'. When doing so, I get an error advising me of how to fix it. it suggests that the card (5900, in this case) is not supported, that I selected the wrong module (the '0=nvidia' seems to be right, the site it directs me to seems to confirm that), to check the log for clues, and to seek help from SuSE (as I did, with no reply).

As far as I can tell, everything but 3D (possibly OpenGL?) stuff is working. For instance, when trying to run 'glxgears' I get the following error:

Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Error: couldn't get an RGB, Double-buffered visual

Running 'cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/status' I get this response:

Status: Disabled

Not sure if it's relevant, but whenever I enter the 'Graphics card and monitor' module in YaST I get a dialogue asking me to configure my display. After doing so, the dialogue comes up again. It doesn't have my monitor model, or even manufacturer, as an option, but it seems to work anyway. After all, I'm able to type this at the computer I'm having the problems on.

I've attached the log found at '/var/log/SaX.log'. Thank you in advance to anyone that can help.

SuLinUX 02-19-04 09:14 PM

Of course the FX5900 is supported in SuSE 9 as it is in Sax and what error do you get when you run sax2 -m 0=nvidia?

It maybe that your motherboard chipset is not supported as cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/status says you have no agp.

FlipmodePlaya 02-19-04 09:56 PM

Everything was working fine before I updated the drivers in SuSE, and it was working well on a MEPIS partition as well. The following is what I get when I try to configure SaX:

SaX: initializing please wait...
SaX: startup

xc: sorry could not start configuration server
xc: this could have the following reasons:

- the card is still not supported. To get
further information about the driver status
please have a look at:


- the card was not detected correctly. In
this case please get the information which
XFree86 module provide support for the card
and set the module using the following

sax2 -m 0=<name of the module>

Note: 0 is a digit not a letter
Note: Information about modules are
provided on the mentioned WWW-Page

- the card was detected but the server fails
to start in spite of the detection. In this
case something more serious had happened.
Please have a look at the log file:


xc: if you can not determine the cause
please get in contact with:


Please include the log file and a detailed
description into your e-mail

xc: abort...

SuLinUX 02-19-04 10:07 PM

Well your card is supported(sax2 says FX5900) and I would'nt bother with that xfree86 link as SuSE runs a modified version of xfree86 4.3.You could edit your XF86Config to what nvidia say as they have one to go by rather than going through sax2.

FlipmodePlaya 02-19-04 10:14 PM

That sounds like a resonable solution, but I'm not sure what you mean by 'what nvidia say'. What should I put in the XFree86 config?

SuLinUX 02-19-04 10:28 PM

Have a look in /usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0, you should see a XF86Config sample from nvidia, also read the readme in that directory(or on nvidia's site) which is very useful. Make sure you backup your XF86config just incase.

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