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Old 02-28-07, 03:30 PM   #3
doctor detroit
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Default Re: X freezes when trying to use GeForce FX 5500

I guess I generated that bug-report when I executed the command, then. Sorry. I didn't think it would contain anything relevant as I've never been able to get the OS up with the card enabled - not in restore mode, not a command line, nothing - it freezes almost as soon as it starts loading.

I did find the load "dri" in xorg.conf in the modules section. there's also a load "glx" line, too. does that need to stay or go?

The part about this whole thing that throws me is how I'm supposed to configure and enable a device that's disabled in BIOS(nvidia), while using the device that interferes with it and will ultimately end up as the disabled device (intel).

I may be a Linux newbie, but I've had a computer of one sort or another since '86.. I'm no stranger to a command prompt, I'm just a stranger to the linux shell. As I said, I've been racking my brain on this for four (going on five) days now, and I've tried quite a few methods of makng this thing work.

The very first thing I tried after my initial Ubuntu install was Alberto Milone's Envy script. After that attempt failed, and since I didn't yet know what xorg.conf was (or how to find it), I did a re-install.

I dug around some more and found a couple how-to's for the open-source drivers, and I even had the card working for a while, but I had no 3D capabilities and for a time was stuck in 640x480 mode. I kept playing and tweaking, downloading everything I could get my hands on, corrupted a handful of files, and locked myself out of the GUI. Luckily, I have SLAX on a USB stick, and I was able to restore enough backups to get the thing running on my Intel graphics controller.

Since then, I've read a few more articles and made a post on the Ubuntu forums, where someone (erroneously) told me that since I was running the generic kernel, I'd have to switch over to the 386 kernel. No problem - Synaptic makes that real easy. The only problem being that this machine has dual-processors, and the 386 kernel doesn't support that. That led to install #3.

Something I've noticed, especially on Ubuntu and Debian forums: There are literally hundreds and hundreds of posts from people having various quirky problems making their particular NVidia card work properly (or just the way they want it to) on their particular OS. And for every one of those problems, there's 5 or 6 people with various answers - and all of them are different. No two people are having the same issue, and each issue has half a dozen possible fixes that may or may not even address the issue at hand. I'm enjoying learning my new OS (especially having migrated from XP), but I don't yet know enough about what I'm doing to go through every single post and read every single reply and try and piece together a solution that may or may not work for me. So I figured I'd come straight to the source.

This is still a fresh OS. The only tinkering I've done (aside from updates) is run the installer.The program said it couldn't locate a kernel, so it compiled one, xconfig did its thing and said it was successful (but produced an xorg.conf with the nvidia drver being used under my Intel chipset...), but when I try and run the machine under that configuration it freezes. Same spot every time.

How can I disable the load "dri" line and run with that xorg.conf when it ponts to the intel chipset (which is going to end up disabled in BIOS)? Some of the how-to's I've read say that agpgart and intel_agp need to be blacklisted in /etc/hotplugs/blacklist for NVIDIA to work. Others say that the section "device" need to look like this:
Section "Device"
Identifier "NVIDIA GEFORCE FX 5500"
Driver "nvidia"
BusID "PCI:x:x:x"
VideoRam 256000
Option "NvAGP" "x"
Others tell me that this:
Section "Device"
Identifier "Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family Graphics Controller"
Driver "nvidia"
is perfectly fine and can't understand why it doesn't work.

I guess I've taken in too much information in too short a timespan and now I'm just confused as to where to go next.

If there's any other info I can provide about my setup or whatever, I'd be happy to.

Thanks, Whig.
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