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Old 12-11-06, 12:45 PM   #102
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Default Re: Nvidia 6200 and ATI RS480/482 chipset incompatibilities


I want to join the ranks here. I have just read the whole thread and my problems are exactly the same (with a few differences outlined below).
Most notably:

I am not using 3D apps - but once I ran glxgears full screen and it locked up the machine in about 10 minutes.

The machine seems stable - but always locks up when I go to bed. I have had no lockups while working with the machine except while running that glxgears application, and once while watching a video - something froze, but I was able to kill mplayer and restart the video (fast forward and continue watching).

This machine is rock solid stable with a FX5200. The instability started immediately after I put in a brand new FX6200 (AGP8x card). I have a motherboard with AGP4x by the way.

A very important difference that might interest a few people here is that I am NOT using the ATI RS480/482 chipset. I am using the intel 845* (Brookdale) chip set. Perhaps Lonni can test with that too, please?

My BIOS code says 6A69VH29C. This means:
6: Medallion BIOS v6.00 (in fact, that is Award BIOS v6.00PG)
6: Pentium class
9: Intel
V: (together with the above): intel 845 845E 845G 845GE 845GL 845PE Brookdale chipset.
H2: manufactorer: Holco (Shuttle)

I am currently using BIOS AB40S01I

Another difference is that I need to use Option "NvAGP" "0"
I would very much like to know if this makes a difference for others here as well? Are your instabilities related to the use of AGP? What rate are you using (4x, 8x ?). If I use AGP (only could test agpgart) then the system is extremely unstable (Xid's).

Finally - because my machine was dead in the morning every time. Today I exitted X before I went to bed. When I woke up my machine was still running, but there had been harddisk errors?!? Partitions where mounted read-only. Rebooting the system result in fixing the partitions (ext3) except for one: my /var partition had severe damage. Fortunately - it seems to have been isolated to mail (/var/spool/mail).

I investigated my logs and found that harddisk errors had started IMMEDIATELY after inserting the FX6200 -- BEFORE starting X OR LOADING THE NVIDIA DRIVERS!

In other words, no way in hell that I can blame the nvidia drivers for this.

Here are the logs. The FX6200 was put in just before the reboot at Dec 9 05:15:49. As you can see there are hda dma_intr problems before (69 seconds later) the nvidia kernel module is loaded.

$ sudo egrep 'Initializing CPU|kernel: Linux version|loading NVIDIA|Putting AGP|hd[ab].*(error|dma_intr|fail)' /var/log/kern.log

Dec  9 05:15:49 taryn kernel: Linux version 2.6.17-2-686 (Debian 2.6.17-9) ( (gcc version 4.1.2 20060901 (prerelease) (Debian 4.1.1-13)) #1 SMP Wed Sep 13 16:34:10 UTC 2006
Dec  9 05:15:49 taryn kernel: Initializing CPU#0
Dec  9 05:15:49 taryn kernel: hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
Dec  9 05:15:49 taryn kernel: hda: dma_intr: error=0x10 { SectorIdNotFound }, LBAsect=15371698469964, high=916224, low=10517580, sector=10517580
Dec  9 05:15:49 taryn kernel: hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
Dec  9 05:15:49 taryn kernel: hda: dma_intr: error=0x10 { SectorIdNotFound }, LBAsect=175971583182620, high=10488723, low=11847452, sector=11847452
Dec  9 05:15:58 taryn kernel: NVRM: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 Kernel Module  1.0-9631  Thu Nov  9 17:38:10 PST 2006
For the full output of that grep, see the attached file.

Ok, I need a plan now... what to do next?

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