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maroon 05-17-04 11:47 PM

nvidia driver goes wacky on restart or shutdown (mandrake 9.2)
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Hello Nvidia,

I have a nVidia driver problem. I think it's the driver
because when is use driver 'nv' instead of 'nvidia',
everything is fine (except graphics are slow with 'nv',
that's why I need the 'nvidia' driver).

1. Boot up - screen is fine
2. Use lots of programs or no programs, and screen is fine.
3. Restart or shutdown and screen goes very very strange.

With driver 'nv' I see all the pretty messages
on the screen during the shutdown process, but
with driver 'nvidia', all I see is a bunch
of black and white and gray squiggles. And the display
is only showing up on 90 percent of the screen.

I'm attaching (per your sticky post on what you need)

I started X like you said to, like this:
startx -- -logverbose 5
to get the X log I'm attaching.

Other pertinent info:
A. video card: nForce 2 Geforce 4 Integrated
(it's not a separate card, it's built right into
the motherboard. It's got dual vga output so I
guess that makes it multihead)

B. driver version: 1.0.5336
(installed using NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run
which is a nice installer by the way)

C. Distribution: Mandrake 9.2

D video bios revision: from /proc/drivers/nvidia/cards/0
Model: GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU
IRQ: 3
Video BIOS: 04.1f.00.09.09
Card Type: AGP

E. processor: AMD Athlon XP 2700+

F. motherboard: I think it's made by MSI.
It's a new Mega 180 PC. You can see their
published details about it here:

In the published details, MSI says that the video
is AGP (8x) but in /var/log/XFree86.0.log it says
that AGP (4x) was initialized. I don't know why
it doesn't initialize to AGP (8x).
Another mystery.

I want to thank you for your help with this.
If you need more info, please let me know.


rednuht 05-18-04 07:01 AM

Re: nvidia driver goes wacky on restart or shutdown (mandrake 9.2)
I would remove the modelines to start with, the monitor should be able to tell X whats available.

And are you using the virtual screens ?
if not just set them as modes ie

SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "1152x864" "800x600" "640x480"

maroon 05-18-04 02:30 PM

Re: nvidia driver goes wacky on restart or shutdown (mandrake 9.2)
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Thanks for the response rednuht. I tried your suggestions (see new attachnent) but no luck. I still think there's a problem with 'nvidia' driver because 'nv' driver works okay (but it's very slow). I could be wrong. I need help Nvidia Support...

rednuht 05-19-04 08:56 AM

Re: nvidia driver goes wacky on restart or shutdown (mandrake 9.2)

Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP, TV"

in the device section.

maroon 05-19-04 11:10 AM

Re: nvidia driver goes wacky on restart or shutdown (mandrake 9.2)
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Bingo. You solved it rednuht. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

For anyone else having this problem, I've attached the X config file that is working for me.

Interestingly, the documentation (see [snip] below) suggests employing Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" as a potential remedy for long delays in starting X. It seems it may also apply for a display problem during the shutdown process. At least in this case it did.

Cheers, and thanks again rednuht.
Apologies to nVidia for suspecting the nvidia driver as the culprit.

Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "string"
This option tells the NVIDIA kernel module to completely
ignore the indicated classes of display devices when
checking what display devices are connected. You may
specify a comma-separated list containing any of "CRT",
"DFP", and "TV".

For example:

Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP, TV"

will cause the NVIDIA driver to not attempt to detect
if any flatpanels or TVs are connected.

This option is not normally necessary; however, some video
BIOSes contain incorrect information about what display
devices may be connected, or what i2c port should be
used for detection. These errors can cause long delays
in starting X. If you are experiencing such delays, you
may be able to avoid this by telling the NVIDIA driver to
ignore display devices which you know are not connected.

NOTE: anything attached to a 15 pin VGA connector is
regarded by the driver as a CRT. "DFP" should only be
used to refer to flatpanels connected via a DVI port.

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