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Old 09-24-03, 02:30 AM   #1
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Default Suse 8.2 and Black screen

Hi guys, I am really having trouble getting the Nvidia drivers to work in Suse
8.2 with 3d enabled.

I am using a MSI motherboard MS-6738 which does have an on board graphics card
but its disabled when a graphics card is plugged into the Agp slot. There is
no option in the bios to manually turn the on board gfx card off.

I have a Geforce 2 mx400 plugged into the agp slot.

I have tried ver 4349, 4363 and 4496 but they all do the same thing. When ever
I try to start X after enabling 3d i get a black screen and cant see or do

I am able to telnet into my Suse 8.2 box and kill X. If I then run the
switch2nv script i can then start X with no problems but as soon as I try
switch2nvidia the same thing happens again. Black screen with no response
except via telnet.

While i was connected to the Suse8.2 box via telnet I grabbed this error
message from /var/log/messages

Sep 24 11:30:01 linux kernel: 0: nvidia: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 nvidia.o
l Module 1.0-4349 Thu Mar 27 19:00:02 PST 2003
Sep 24 11:30:01 linux insmod: Warning: loading
rnel/drivers/video/nvidia.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - NVIDIA
Sep 24 11:30:01 linux insmod: See
information about tainted modules
Sep 24 11:30:01 linux insmod: Module nvidia loaded, with warnings
Sep 24 11:30:03 linux kernel: Linux agpgart interface v0.99 (c) Jeff Hartmann
Sep 24 11:30:03 linux kernel: agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp
: 321M
Sep 24 11:30:03 linux kernel: agpgart: Trying generic Via routines for device
: 3116
Sep 24 11:30:03 linux kernel: agpgart: AGP aperture is 128M @ 0xd0000000

The second last line has me intrigued. Would that be the drivers trying to
drive the onboard gfx card by mistake? or am I barking up the wrong tree here

Btw the same hardware with Suse 8.0 and Nvidia drivers 3123 work fine with 3d

Any ideas anyone?

Cheers , Glenn
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