I have the exact same card and the exact same problems.
here's the info about my nvidia stuff::
root@MOJO-JO-JO nvidia # cat cards/0
Model: GeForce FX 5200
Video BIOS: 04.34.20.18.00
Card Type: AG
root@MOJO-JO-JO nvidia # cat version
NVRM version: NVIDIA Linux x86 nvidia.o Kernel Module 1.0-5328 Wed Dec 17 13:54:51 PST 2003
GCC version: gcc version 3.2.3 20030422 (Gentoo Linux 1.4 3.2.3-r3, propolice)
(does anyone know how to change the driver from AGPGART to NVAGP ?
root@MOJO-JO-JO agp # cat status
AGP Rate: 4x
Fast Writes: Disabled
SBA: Enabledroot@MOJO-JO-JO driver # cat nvram
Checksum status: valid
# floppies : 1
Floppy 0 type : 3.5'' 1.44M
Floppy 1 type : none
HD 0 type : 2f
HD 1 type : none
HD type 48 data: 63/0/0 C/H/S, precomp 0, lz 0
HD type 49 data: 255/240/129 C/H/S, precomp 17168, lz 51045
DOS base memory: 640 kB
Extended memory: 65535 kB (configured), 65535 kB (tested)
Gfx adapter : EGA, VGA, ... (with BIOS)
FPU : installed
your description is identical to my problem, i have been unable to remedy this problem and there are no errors when starting xfree but these are the warnings given :
root@MOJO-JO-JO log # grep "(WW)" XFree86.0.log
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such file or directory)
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Monitor0: Using default hsync range of 30.00-70.00kHz
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Monitor0: using default vrefresh range of 50.00-160.00Hz
(WW) (1400x1050,Monitor0) mode clock 122MHz exceeds DDC maximum 110MHz
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Not using mode "700x525" (height 1050 is larger than
(WW) NVIDIA(0): EDID-specified maximum 1024)
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Not using mode "1152x768":
(WW) NVIDIA(0): horizontal sync start (1178) not a multiple of 8
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Not using mode "576x384":
(WW) NVIDIA(0): horizontal sync start (589) not a multiple of 8
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Not using mode "360x200":
(WW) NVIDIA(0): horizontal sync start (378) not a multiple of 8
this is another interesting thing.
(II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "NVIDIA Event Handler" (type: Other)
it is the suspicion that this is the reason my mouse lags (not very noticable in my WM) but once i run games the mouse lag increases quite a bit and makes gameplay difficult.
here is a copy of my xfree configuration
this is a sucky problem.. and i thought that ati cards were a hassle. tsk tsk.. this is very frustrating i was stoked for some good ol ut2k3 action
i even went out and bought neverwinter nights thinking.. ok now this will work better.
:~( i hope someone posts a fix to this soon or i'll be forced to take my own life.