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Old 05-15-11, 12:54 PM   #1
RAMChYLD
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Post NVidia drivers 270.41.06 and Biostar GeForce 210

Ok, due to the silent treatment I've revceived over the <expunged> GeForce4 card, I've went ahead and swapped in my MCPC's mobo, memory, vidcard and CPU into my other Linux box. The MCPC will get a M4N78 Pro and a GeForce GT520 once those are available locally, but until then it's an empty case with parts strewn around.

Now, this box has a vidcard that is a Biostar branded GeForce 210 (GT218), and this card does not play nice with Windows 7 since after Driver 197.45- hence all this while it's been running on 197.45 drivers. It also has an identity crisis- it's BIOS lists it as a GeForce G210 even though it is in fact a GeForce 210. What is confusing me even more is that certain websites claim that GeForce210 = GeForce G210.

For the sake of my sanity, I've decided to go back to Debian Sid. As predicted, it ships with XOrg 1.10.1.

Driver doesn't work either -.-

XOrg dump (filtered to show only NVidia-related errors):
Code:
[   129.131] X.Org X Server 1.10.1
Release Date: 2011-04-15
[   129.138] X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
[   129.141] Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 x86_64 Debian
[   129.143] Current Operating System: Linux clementine 2.6.38-2-amd64 #1 SMP Sun May 8 13:51:57 UTC 2011 x86_64
[   129.148] Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-2-amd64 root=UUID=7fb395d3-0ffe-4a51-b714-48274e508616 ro quiet
[   129.154] Build Date: 28 April 2011  12:13:00PM
[   129.156] xorg-server 2:1.10.1-2 (Julien Cristau <jcristau@debian.org>) 
[   129.159] Current version of pixman: 0.21.8
[   129.162] 	Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
	to make sure that you have the latest version.
[   129.168] Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
	(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
	(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
...
[   129.207] (II) NVIDIA GLX Module  270.41.06  Mon Apr 18 15:10:15 PDT 2011
[   129.207] (II) Loading extension GLX
[   129.207] (II) LoadModule: "record"
[   129.207] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/librecord.so
[   129.207] (II) Module record: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[   129.207] 	compiled for 1.10.1, module version = 1.13.0
[   129.207] 	Module class: X.Org Server Extension
[   129.207] 	ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 5.0
[   129.207] (II) Loading extension RECORD
[   129.207] (II) LoadModule: "dri"
[   129.207] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdri.so
[   129.208] (II) Module dri: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[   129.208] 	compiled for 1.10.1, module version = 1.0.0
[   129.208] 	ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 5.0
[   129.208] (II) Loading extension XFree86-DRI
[   129.208] (II) LoadModule: "dri2"
[   129.208] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdri2.so
[   129.208] (II) Module dri2: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[   129.208] 	compiled for 1.10.1, module version = 1.2.0
[   129.208] 	ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 5.0
[   129.208] (II) Loading extension DRI2
[   129.208] (II) LoadModule: "nvidia"
[   129.208] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so
[   129.209] (II) Module nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
[   129.209] 	compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.0
[   129.209] 	Module class: X.Org Video Driver
[   129.209] (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver  270.41.06  Mon Apr 18 14:55:25 PDT 2011
[   129.209] (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
[   129.209] (--) using VT number 7
...
[   129.214] (**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
[   129.214] (==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
[   129.214] (==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
[   129.214] (==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
[   129.325] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA GPU at PCI:4:0:0.  Please
[   129.325] (EE) NVIDIA(0):     check your system's kernel log for additional error
[   129.325] (EE) NVIDIA(0):     messages and refer to Chapter 8: Common Problems in the
[   129.325] (EE) NVIDIA(0):     README for additional information.
[   129.325] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device!
...
[   129.325] (EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
[   129.326] 
Fatal server error:
[   129.326] no screens found
[   129.326] 
Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support 
	 at http://wiki.x.org
 for help. 
[   129.326] Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.
[   129.326]
This is the error that appeared in the kernel dmesg (filtered to show only NVIDIA-related errors), starting from when the NVIDIA driver is loaded:
Code:
[    7.584662] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
...
[    9.727486] nvidia 0000:04:00.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APC8] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
[    9.727495] nvidia 0000:04:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    9.727501] vgaarb: device changed decodes: PCI:0000:04:00.0,olddecodes=io+mem,decodes=none:owns=io+mem
[    9.727940] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module  270.41.06  Mon Apr 18 14:53:56 PDT 2011
...
[   33.851322] NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x26:0x28:1050)
[   33.851345] NVRM: rm_init_adapter(0) failed
[  129.325643] NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x26:0x28:1050)
[  129.325654] NVRM: rm_init_adapter(0) failed 
...
This is the card's entry when I do a lspci -v
Code:
04:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
	Memory at fb000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
	Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
	Memory at ee000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
	I/O ports at 9c00 [size=128]
	[virtual] Expansion ROM at e0000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
	Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 3
	Capabilities: [68] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
	Capabilities: [78] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
	Capabilities: [b4] Vendor Specific Information: Len=14 <?>
	Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
	Capabilities: [128] Power Budgeting <?>
	Capabilities: [600] Vendor Specific Information: ID=0001 Rev=1 Len=024 <?>
	Kernel driver in use: nvidia
For the records, this is the BIOS info shown when the system starts:


Attached are the full log files.

Someone please help!
Attached Files
File Type: log Xorg.0.log (8.7 KB, 79 views)
File Type: log kern.log (54.1 KB, 59 views)
File Type: log pci.log (10.2 KB, 57 views)
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