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Old 10-30-06, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default FX 5200 / MX440 8x

Hi, I have a GeForce FX 5200 and a MX440 8x, I use Slackware Linux 11.0 with 2.6.18 kernel. I'm having a problem with these cards since I was using Slackware 10.2, with various kernels and NVIDIA's drivers. Using 8762, 8774 and 8776, sometimes my X restart when I'm setting my 3D screensavers or when I'm playing Enemy Territory and even when I'm watching *mpg movies (only this format of movie), sometimes the system crash so hard, that I have to reboot. My motherboard is an Asus A7V8X-X, and some friends told me that if I upgrade my BIOS version, this problem may stop, but I would like to know better having answer of experienced people if it really would work. I configured my xorg.conf to use nvagp="1" and these problems stopped, but my card is running as PCI bus type, and I'm losing the "NVIDIA Power" like this. I would know if there's someone who knows what can I do. Thanks for your attention and sorry for my bad english =)
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Old 10-30-06, 01:03 PM   #2
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... and some friends told me that if I upgrade my BIOS version, this problem may stop
Probably they could be right.

make sure you have lastest bios for your maindboard and graphic card.
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Old 10-30-06, 01:38 PM   #3
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There is a BIOS upgrade for my motherboard, but I didn't find one for my NVIDIA Card (KOB N5200 - Mercury NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 AGP 8X Graphic Card - http://www.mercury-pc.com/downloads_...productid=326). I'll try it =)
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Old 10-30-06, 03:11 PM   #4
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If your BIOS supports it, in BIOS turn down AGP rate - try 4x first, and if the same problems, drop to 2x

You will not notice any performance issues with dropping the AGP rate at all, and you will find it does make stability better.

I have a FX5500 and my board crashes hard all the time at AGP 4x - running at 2x it never crashes with X.

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Old 10-31-06, 09:02 AM   #5
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Lethe, what is your motherboard model?
I didn't upgraded my BIOS version yet, cause I didn't have time. I think I will do it tomorrow night, when it have been done I will report here.
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Old 10-31-06, 01:25 PM   #6
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VIA KT7 - it's an oldish machine:

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8363/8365 [KT133/KM133] (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8363/8365 [KT133/KM133 AGP]
00:07.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 22)
00:07.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 10)
00:07.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 10)
00:07.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 10)
00:07.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 30)

The reason I bought an FX5500 was due to it being about the best card that runs in AGP 2x now - most of the others are 8x+

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Old 10-31-06, 02:12 PM   #7
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almost the same:

root@slackware:/home/rafael# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8377 [KT400/KT600 AGP] Host Bridge (rev 80)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI Bridge
00:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq 5880 AudioPCI (rev 02)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 74)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)


I think the problem is the VIA AGP Bridge, cause you're the third person who has this kind of problem that I know and have VIA based chipset too.
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