If someone from NVIDIA could please help improve support for the GeForce G210M on the ASUS UL series of computers, it would be greatly appreciated.
I can confirm that changing the BIOS configuration on an ASUS UL30VT makes the G210M graphics card usable, though at the same time it seriously degrades the I/O performance of the hard drive. More to the point, I upgraded to a SSD drive with which Linux will typically boot in less than 4 seconds, but with this BIOS configuration the boot phase increases to a whopping 27 seconds. A similar degradation occurs when awaking from standby.
Again, could someone from NVIDIA provide some input into the matter? At the moment, I have absolutely no idea what causes the problem with the driver when SATA operation is not
Specific instructions on how to change the BIOS configuration:
- Start the computer and press F2 to enter the BIOS Setup Utility
- Select Advanced > IDE Configuration > SATA Operation Mode
- Change the configuration from Enhanced to Compatible
This is applicable to version 210 (2010/03/11) of the BIOS. The description for this configuration provided by the BIOS Setup Utility is:
Select "Compatible" to set serial ATA channel at IDE mode for OS not supporting NATIVE SATA controller like Windows XP & 2000 or it will run into BSOD when installing WIndows.
All problems are applicable to the nvidia-current Debian package version 195.36.15-0ubuntu2 and 195.36.24-0ubuntu0sarvatt2.
Finally, this was tested on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, kernel version 2.6.32-22-generic.