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Old 02-10-04, 07:14 PM   #1
tamran
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Default AMD64/2.6 Kernel Questions

To whom it may concern,

First, a little about my hardware and config.

Dual Opteron, MSI Master2-far motherboard. Latest bios (1.1) - 1 GIG of RAM (I ram memtest for 12 hours so there is no problem with the ram)
NVIDIA Geforce4 TI 4800SE video card (64mb of ram)
APIC is enabled (tried disabled, that is yucky)
ACPI is disabled completely
Kernel: 2.6.2

I'm not going to waste a bunch of space with error outputs, however you can see similar posts all over these forums if you search for the keyword "lockups". Although, for the heck of it, I've attached my XF86Config-4 file and lspci output (pasted at the bottom).

I have read through many posts and I have the following questions.

1. If IOMMU support is disabled, and agpgart is NOT loaded there is still no support for using the NvAGP "1" setting. I found this to be much more stable on my x86 system. Now on my dual opteron system, using agpgart, I get random lockups like many others I've seen in these forums. Will this option ever be available for the amd64 driver? This is important for amd64, as the 2.4 kernels are essentially depreciated for that architecture.

2. It seems the official stance is that 2.6 kernels are not supported yet. When will this driver be "officially supported"? I realize it's hard to give an exact date, but an answer in the form of "we expect to officially support the 2.6 kernels within XX-YY weeks time" would suffice.

3. 32bit GL apps are not currently supported, and don't work with the amd64 driver, but I could not get an official answer if this is in the works. When is this scheduled to be completed?

4. I really do not want to turn off APIC support, as that just made life exhaustingly slow. Are these drivers not known to play nice with APIC? Is it in the plans to have this type of support in the near future? I realize it's working well for most, but I just thought I'd officially ask the question.

I'd like to end by saying Kudos to the nvidia team for their support so far. NVIDIA is the only card that even remotely works well on AMD64 Linux platforms from what I can tell. Other than the occasional lockup (usually once a night if I'm unlucky) I'm very happy with the product and support.

Regards,

Tamran

lspci output:
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc.: Unknown device 3188 (rev 01)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc.: Unknown device b188
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq ES1371 [AudioPCI-97] (rev 07)
00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705 Gigabit Ethe
rnet (rev 03)
00:0f.0 RAID bus controller: VIA Technologies, Inc.: Unknown device 3149 (rev 80
)
00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT8233/A/
C/VT8235 PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 81)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 81)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 81)
00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc.: Unknown device 3227
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
00:19.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
00:19.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
00:19.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
00:19.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV28 [GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE]
(rev a1)
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