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Old 08-21-08, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default GeForce 9800 GX2 on Linux: apparent crash

Hi all,

I posted an article, and realized I probably should have posted
it here, as it is Linux-specific. Instead of reproducing it, here's
a link to the original (it has attachments, too):

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=118217

The bottom line is that my new 9800 GX2, working fine under
Windows, is having trouble under Slackware 12.1, resulting in
what seems to be a machine crash at X startup (black screen,
no response to any keystrokes, network inoperable, etc...).
There is an error in Xorg.0.log (INVALID MEM ALLOCATION), but
its followed immediately by a "Corrected" message, and the
rest of the log seems OK. I've tried all the suggestions in the
README and "Common Problems" to no avail. The nvidia
module compiles fine and seems to load OK, and I've tried
both the 173.14.05 and 173.14.12 drivers, same issue regardless.

Can anyone help ?
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Old 09-09-08, 02:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: GeForce 9800 GX2 on Linux: apparent crash

Yes, I have the same problem. It is, because the driver don't support this card at the moment.
Use the standard graphics driver for frame buffer devices, that works at all distributions at the moment for this graphics card.
That's no crash, xfree want's to load the driver and the driver gives up, so there is no screen xfree can connect to.
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Old 09-09-08, 03:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: GeForce 9800 GX2 on Linux: apparent crash

That's a slight thread necro, but the 9800 GX2 is supported in 177.70 according to its readme.
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Old 09-09-08, 04:19 PM   #4
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Question Re: GeForce 9800 GX2 on Linux: apparent crash

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Yes, I have the same problem. It is, because the driver don't support this card at the moment.
I have a PNY 9800 GX2 and it has been working almost perfect for at least the last three driver versions (to include the betas). Only problem I have is the game SpaceTripper graphics are whacked with the beta drivers.

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Old 09-10-08, 11:27 AM   #5
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Sure, I can read and this card should be supported, but the driver(173.14.12 and beta)
says:
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(--) PCI: (3:0:0) nVidia Corporation unknown chipset (0x0604) rev 162, Mem @ 0xfa000000/24, 0xc0000000/28, 0xf8000000/25, I/O @ 0xbf00/7
(--) PCI:*(4:0:0) nVidia Corporation unknown chipset (0x0604) rev 162, Mem @ 0xf6000000/24, 0xb0000000/28, 0xf4000000/25, I/O @ 0xaf00/7
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And also on every distribution is then used the standard frame buffer driver after nv gives up.
I have the Leadtek PX9800GX2 and the GA-MA790FX-DQ6 motherboard.
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Old 09-10-08, 12:07 PM   #6
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Default Re: GeForce 9800 GX2 on Linux: apparent crash

It's normal for newer cards to be listed as unknown. Here's a GTX 280 that works fine:

(--) PCI:*(1:0:0) nVidia Corporation unknown chipset (0x05e1) rev 161, Mem @ 0xfd000000/24, 0xd0000000/28, 0xfa000000/25, I/O @ 0xbc00/7

Then later:

(II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce GTX 280 (GT200) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)

Attach a bug report to your post.
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Old 09-10-08, 02:36 PM   #7
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Yes I reported this as a bug yet.
Mine also works very fine, but not with the new donloaded and installed nvidia driver but with the frame buffer driver that is loaded after the nvidia driver gives up.
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