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Old 04-21-07, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default GeForce 8600GT Driver installation problem on x86-64 FC6

Hi everyone,

I'm having trouble getting X to start with my Geforce 8600GT under 64-bit Linux.

After typing "startx" at the prompt, the screen goes blank for a couple of seconds, then dumps me back at the terminal, with the following error:
(EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Failed to initialize dac HAL
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a useable configuration.


Checking the output in /var/log/Xorg.0.log shows me an extra warning, before the errors noted above occur:
(WW) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Failed to determine GPU name.

I fetched the latest drivers from the nvidia page, and also tried other repos (like rpm.livna.org) - same result.

I have also gone through my xorg.conf to check for the usual suspects, ie. that there is no "dri", etc. Everything seems to be in order though...

I'm a bit stumped by this, and I cannot find mention of "Failed to initialize dac hal" anywhere on the web, so any help would be appreciated.

Cheers,
Chris

PS: The specs of my machine:
* AMD64 +3800 (so I've installed x86-64 FC6)
* Inno3D GeForce 8600GT
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Old 04-22-07, 02:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: GeForce 8600GT Driver installation problem on x86-64 FC6

The Geforce 8600GT is only supported by the 100.14.13 beta, so far. If you have trouble with that version, please post a bug report.
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Old 04-22-07, 05:42 AM   #3
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Default Re: GeForce 8600GT Driver installation problem on x86-64 FC6

Ahhh, my bad...

I sincerely apologise for not doing my research as well as I thought, and thank you for pointing it out! I'll try the beta driver ASAP.

PS: If I might make a suggestion though: could you make it a bit clearer on the Linux driver download page that there is a beta driver? The only way to get to it via the nvidia page is to go to "archives", and that might be a bit misleading to some people, me included
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