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Old 04-26-03, 10:57 PM   #1
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Question X shows garbage charactors on startup, rather perplexing problem

Concise version:
When I try to start X it shows random ascii characters and crashes pretty hard.

The problem is likely not in either of the XFree86config-4 file or nvidia kernel module.

Debian Linux
GF2 MX400 64mb
AMD XP 1600+
Epox 8KHA+

Extended version:
I'm using Debian 3.0, some mix of stable and unstable, and I myself am somewhere between newbie and experienced with Linux.

Yesterday, I decided to see if I could get an ati radeon 7500 working with 3D acceleration under linux. I couldn't altough nor did I try very hard.
So I restored the original XFree86config-4 file, shutdown, popped my GF2MX back in and booted up, expecting no problems at all but instead X failed to start, and just showed random ascii characters.

Everything was working fine before, with the 1.0-4349 drivers. No problems at all, the drivers were working perfect, all OpenGL applications ran very well.

I've tried quite a lot of things, such as reinstalling the drivers, and changing some settings in the bios, and also reinstalled the detonator drivers in windows just incase windows set up some irq's or something.

I am very certain the problem is not in the XF86config-4 file because it's exactly the same as I used when the drivers were working.

The nvidia module is loading fine. So I dont think the problem is there either.

Also X is working fine with the "nv" driver.

Here is a (probably) relevant snippet from dmesg
Linux agpgart interface v0.99 (c) Jeff Hartmann
agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 439M
agpgart: Detected Via Apollo Pro KT266 chipset
agpgart: AGP aperture is 64M @ 0xe8000000
[drm] Initialized tdfx 1.0.0 20010216 on minor 0
[drm] AGP 0.99 on VIA Apollo KT133 @ 0xe8000000 64MB
[drm] Initialized radeon 1.1.1 20010405 on minor 1
Whats the radeon doing there? I wish I knew, the problem may be related to DRI/DRM i was fiddling with them a bit trying to get the radeon to work.

I have attached the appropriate XFree86.0.log file.

Hopefully someone has some idea whats going on, altough considering the unstable distro and nature of the problem I'm not being tooo hopeful
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Last edited by grater; 04-26-03 at 11:02 PM.
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