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Old 06-16-08, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Neverwinter Nights hangs with 8800GT

I've been seeing a pretty good amount of instability with Neverwinter Nights since purchasing a GeForce 8800GT 5 months ago, although most of the other games I still play, primarily Half-Life 2 (episodes 1 & 2) and Call of Duty 4, have been running well.

The primary hang I've been testing with various driver versions and kernel configurations (including Debian's kernel and a vanilla with my slimmed down and long trusted .config; noapic, nolapic, idle=poll, irqpoll, maxcpus=1, acpi=off, mem=2G) is with "A Dance with Rogues, Part Two" v1.14. The save game is on the docks of the Westwood, which is the first real map in the module, immediately after exiting the boat you arrived on. With maxed out graphics settings (including shiny water), the game hangs at the point where the loading screen would go away. Switching to a vtty and then back again will get it going again, although it takes a few seconds to get to a tty. Oddly enough, changing the video settings from a lesser to a maxed out configuration, then loading the save without first exiting NWN is fine. If this was the only problem, I'd simply reduce my graphics settings and move along, but there's other hangs in the Underdark maps of the module that happen withing a few minutes of wandering, regardless of the video settings, hangs that I can't escape from with a vtty switch, I'm forced to alt+sysrq out.

I can reproduce this with 169.12 and 173.14.09, but only with my 8800GT. This particular card comes with a Zalman cooler, which was the primary reason I bought it, temperatures on the card have never exceeded 53c, even with idle=poll, and the CPU tops out at 63c. I cannot reproduce the Westwood hang and I have yet to experience any Underdark hangs (with limited testing) with my 6600 or 7900GS. I don't know if there's something wrong with the card or if it's something more general to the 8800GT series. I'm dumping the 8800GT for now, I just can't deal with this anymore.

MSI P35 PLATINUM (v1.9)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Gigabyte GV-NX88T512HP
Crucial 4GB DDR2
Corsair HX520W PSU

nvidia-bug-report after a Westwood hang attached, save game available upon request (14mb compressed).
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Last edited by logan; 08-22-08 at 09:01 PM. Reason: BIOS version bump from 1.8 to 1.9
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Old 06-16-08, 11:24 PM   #2
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Also, these hangs are in no way limited to A Dance with Rogues. I've seen similar problems and the exact same Xid's in other modules, sometimes the LCD blacks out like it's lost video signal.
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Old 06-17-08, 07:38 AM   #3
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Default Re: Neverwinter Nights hangs with 8800GT

just wondering, are you using nwn natively or, since you already use it for cdo4 and hl2, via wine? in any case, it may be worth to try the other way around.
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Old 06-17-08, 08:49 AM   #4
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Natively. That's not a bad idea about wine, I'll try it the next time I have the card installed.
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I'm no longer able to reproduce the aforementioned hangs with the 177.68 drivers.
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