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Old 04-26-07, 07:49 PM   #1
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Default Horrific, random instability problems

I have extremely bad stability problems on the following system with the nvidia proprietary driver (9631):

7300 LE 128 MB
512 MB DDR RAM
AMD Sempron 3000+

I can get a crash in two ways:
1. Just let the system run. Eventually (when I run out of video RAM?) the system will go into hard lock: no alt-sysrq, no ping, no text-mode-console, no nothing, the screen will just freeze.
2. Start Beryl or Compiz. This causes the above problem much more quickly.

Any ideas?
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Old 04-27-07, 01:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Horrific, random instability problems

There seems to be lots of stability related threads on this forum right now. First thing you should do is read this post:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=58498

Setting pci=nommconfig helped even my system up, although I do occasionally get a hard lock. Its a lot less frequent now.

I also noticed in your xorg:

(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "RenderAccel" "False"

RenderAccel should be set to true by default. That could be a source of your issues.
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Old 04-27-07, 02:07 PM   #3
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Problems were present with RenderAccel "True" as well. I'll try pci=nommconf, and see if that helps, though.

I can't find any BIOS updates for my HP dx5150, and I'm using a single core system with a 2.6.20 kernel, so nothing else in that thread is of any use.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 04-27-07, 02:51 PM   #4
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So far, pci=nommconf does not appear to help (still getting lockups). I'll try RenderAccel = True.
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Old 04-27-07, 03:00 PM   #5
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RenderAccel is enabled by default. Perhaps what you meant was setting it to false?
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Old 04-27-07, 05:52 PM   #6
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I tried setting RenderAccel to false, to solve my instability problems. I now have it set back to True (the default). If I boot my kernel with pci=nommconf and RenderAccel "True", I still get a hard lock about two minutes after I start beryl (or compiz).
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Old 04-28-07, 08:27 PM   #7
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Hah! I found the problem. It's my RS480 chipset. When is this problem going to be fixed?
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