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Old 12-22-07, 03:46 AM   #1
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Default GeForce 8600 GS unsupported?

Hi - I've just bought a PC with a GeForce 8600 GS graphics card but which doesn't seem to be supported?

$ lspci
...
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0403 (rev a1)

Having checked the documentation there's indeed no entry of the form GeForce 8600 GS 0x403. The only 8600 entries I could find were

GeForce 8600 GTS 0x0400
GeForce 8600 GT 0x0402
GeForce 8600M GT 0x0407
GeForce 8600M GS 0x0425

I'm running opensuse 10.3 plus the nvidia driver x11-video-nvidiaG01-100.14.19-4.rpm.
Sax2 does not detect the graphics card :

sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia

(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***

and a modprobe nvidia gives the following error

Dec 22 10:31:43 loc kernel: NVRM: The NVIDIA probe routine was not called for 1 device(s).
Dec 22 10:31:43 loc kernel: NVRM: This can occur when a driver such as rivafb, nvidiafb or
Dec 22 10:31:43 loc kernel: NVRM: rivatv was loaded and obtained ownership of the NVIDIA
Dec 22 10:31:43 loc kernel: NVRM: device(s).
Dec 22 10:31:43 loc kernel: NVRM: Try unloading the rivafb, nvidiafb or rivatv kernel module
Dec 22 10:31:43 loc kernel: NVRM: (and/or reconfigure your kernel without rivafb/nvidiafb
Dec 22 10:31:43 loc kernel: NVRM: support), then try loading the NVIDIA kernel module again.
Dec 22 10:31:43 loc kernel: NVRM: No NVIDIA graphics adapter probed!

(note: there's no rivafb, nvidiafb or rivatv kernel modules running)

All looking like there's actually no support for the 8600GS (but only the mobile version) which would be a great shame. Any ideas?
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Old 12-23-07, 06:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: GeForce 8600 GS unsupported?

This Nvidia GeForce 8600GS seems to be an oem version and not even mentioned on the nvidia website. Also, I can't figure out whether the linux driver actually supports this card. From the main download site I get redirected to the Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T) Display Driver, Version: 169.07. However, the supported driver list doesn't contain this card:

http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/IO_18897.html

Any ideas whether this card is actually supported or not would be very much appreciated.
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