Re: X crashes systematically at startup (Ubuntu 11.10, 8800M GTX/G92M)
In Linux, the Nouveau driver works just fine.
I have also tried all kind of things with my BIOS (flashing it to different versions of the BIOS and EC firmware, unlocking the BIOS, trying different settings combinations) to no avail. In desperation, I have even flashed the VBIOS with a 9800M GT ROM. It makes no difference whatsoever.
As I mentioned somewhere else, FreeBSD 9 runs flawlessly with the 290.10 driver. OpenIndiana (Solaris) also works well with a relatively new version of the drivers (I do not remember which one).
Provided this seems to be a laptop model-specific issue and a Linux-specific issue, I do not think that NVIDIA is going to fix the problem.
I wonder why this problem is only present in Linux, but in my case, the sound card also gives problems with Linux kernels newer than 2.6.32 and this problem is also Linux-specific.
I have been playing with FreeBSD recently (PC-BSD, in fact) and I think I am going to migrate this laptop to BSD as soon as I have some time to deal with the learning curve...