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Old 01-04-06, 11:36 PM   #1
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Unhappy NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86-1.0-8178 crashes my Toshiba Sat Pro 6100

I'm attempting to install the 1.0-8174 for
FreeBSD i386 NVIDIA driver on my Toshiba
Satellite Pro 6100 running FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE
and XFree86 4.5.0.

The kernel module (nvidia.ko) compiles, installs,
and loads without problems, returning the kernel

nvidia0: <GeForce4 420 Go> mem 0xdbf80000-0xdbffffff,0xdc000000-0xdfffffff,
0xfd000000-0xfdffffff irq 10 at device 0.0 on pci1

Relevant sysctl(8) variables:

When I attempt to start the XFree86 server,
however, using the "nvidia" driver, the entire
systems hangs *hard*, requiring a power-cycle to recover.

NO error messages are reported to either
/var/log/XFree86.0.log or /var/log/messages.

I get the same result when

The device section of /etc/X11/XF86Config
was generated by "nvidia-xconfig":

Section "Device"
Identifier "Card:nvidia"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go]"

The XFree86 "nv" driver in 4.5.0 "just" works
(i.e., I can use the full 1600x1200 resolution
of my Toshiba, and "glxgears" runs at 372 fps),
so I don't *need* to use the native NVIDIA driver.
It would be nice, however, to be able to make
it work again.

I used the FreeBSD NVIDIA XFree86 driver
once-upon-a-time for a short while when I was
running 4.x on this Toshiba.
After upgrading to 5.x, I tried once, but the
current NVIDIA driver at the time was "broken"
(it would not use the full 1600x1200 resolution
of the display).
Since I got XFree86 to use the full 1600x1200,
I haven't been back to the NVIDIA drivers...

Pointers to debugging this will be appreciated.
Dr. Gary E. RAFE
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