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Old 01-13-09, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default X11 fails with OpenSuse 11.1 and FX3700. Experienced but stumped

Howdy,

I am an experienced OpenSuse user and have run into a problem that I have failed to fix. I have been running 10.3 and 11.0 for quite some time on more than 30 systems that I have control over. Most recently on this particular system I was running 11.0. I recently decided to update my desktop to 11.1 and am having problems getting X to work. Install was done with all default options. Install on Dell Precision M6400 laptop worked fine. Laptop has the Nvidia fx3700mobile graphics card.

System Config :

64 bit Gnome install from the install DVD
Dell T7400 Precision Workstation
Nvidia Quadro FX3700
Dual 3.2GHz quad core processors
16GB 1600Mhz memrory
Areca 1680 Disk Controller
4 146GB Seagate 15k.6 SAS drives
Dual 30" Dell Monitors


Problem :

After the initial reboot during the install, X fails to start. When gdm tries to start, the screen flashes four times and gives the errors :

gdm[4297]: WARNING: GdmDisplay: display lasted 0.##### seconds
repeated 4 times with different values.

Then gdm[4297]: WARNING GdmLocalDisplayFactory: maximum number of X display failures reached: check X server log for errors

Interesting errors in my Xorg.0.log file :

(EE) XKB: Couldn't open rules file /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base
(EE) XKB: No components provided for device Virtual core keyboard

(EE) XKB: Couldn't open rules file /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/xfree86
(EE) Error compiling keymap (server-0)
(EE) XKB: Couldn't compile keymap

Could not init font path element /usr/share/fonts/TFF, removing from list
(repeated 5 times with fonts OTF, Type1, 100dpi, 75dpi)

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'

Nothing interesting in /var/log/messages or dmesg.

When trying sax2 -r -m 0=vesa :

Screen flashes twice then prints

xc: sorry could not start configuration server


in /var/log/SaX.log :

Interesting Server detaction data :

Card is identified properly,
Module : vesa
BusType : AGP
DrvProfile : <undefined>

XStuff detection data :
DDC : <undefined>
Vendor : Generic
Chipset : <undefined>
Modeline : <undefined>
RandR : <undefined>
Module : vesa
Display : CRT


I get lots of warnings saying /usr/shar/fonts/***** does not exist

(--) PCI:*(0@2:0:0) unknown vendor (0x10de) unknown chipset (0x061a) rev 162 ........

Then loading the VESA driver I get :
error setting MTRR (base = 0xF9000000, size = 0x00e00000, type = 1) Invalid argument (22)

I also get the same errors that were in my Xorg log.


I then downloaded the latest Nvidia driver version 177.82, installed gcc, kernel source (prepared it), installed the driver and get the same results. The driver installs ok but when running sax (-r -m 0=nvidia) it failes to start the xserver.

In SaX.log, I see a few differences.

Under Server detection data :
Module : nvidia
DrvProfile : Depth24, Nvidia, NoModeLines, Composite

Under XStuff :
Module : nvidia

3D detection data :
Install : <none>
remove : <none>
Active : 0
Answer : no
rest all say <none>

When starting the NVIDIA driver it all looks good. Detects the montior properly EDID Version : 1.3

I get a warning that UBB is incompatible with the Composite extension. Disabling UBB.

I have tried the latest driver 800.22 as well. Same results.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Freedman
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
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Old 01-16-09, 09:53 AM   #2
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Default Re: X11 fails with OpenSuse 11.1 and FX3700. Experienced but stumped

Any help here?

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Old 01-16-09, 03:12 PM   #3
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Default Re: X11 fails with OpenSuse 11.1 and FX3700. Experienced but stumped

First I would try to reinstall all xorg and Mesa packages and retry by:
#sax2 -r -m 0=nv

If that fails with MTRR error, google for it - was mentioned somewhere, but never had such problem.

retry with nv driver as before. If it is working then resintall Nvidia driver and run:
#sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
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Old 01-21-09, 10:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: X11 fails with OpenSuse 11.1 and FX3700. Experienced but stumped

Tried all of the above with no luck. Anyone else having this problem?

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Old 01-25-09, 07:11 AM   #5
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Default Re: X11 fails with OpenSuse 11.1 and FX3700. Experienced but stumped

I have a similar problem after installing opensuse 11.1 (with gdm/gnome, but have also tried kde and got the same problem) on one PC with Radeon X1300 Series, 256 MB.

I have done the following:
1) logon as root (on terminal)
2) enter sax with "sax2 -r -m 0=radeon"
remark: sax reports that the settings are not ok and if the used settings are ok, then klick "OK"
3) start graphical desktop by entering "startx"
remark: during installation I have choosen "german" as my language, but gnome is using english, and if I want to use the shutdown option this fails, because of "no permissions"
4) shutdown the system from terminal as root (by entering "shutdown now -r")

Now everything starts and works properly (gnome is now using german and I can use the shutdown option from gnome).
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