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Old 12-01-09, 10:09 AM   #1
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Default Where are the GeForce GT 240 Linux drivers?

I recently purchased the GeForce GT 240 (Not the 240M) as seen here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-056-_-Product

To my surprise, the latest NVIDIA Linux drivers (190.42 stable or 195.22 beta) don't seem to support this card (yet). It seems that only the Windows driver version 195.62 supports this card.

Can anyone tell me if/when Linux support for this card is planned?
I am really looking forward to testing the vdpau support on my HTPC.

Thank you,

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Old 12-01-09, 02:15 PM   #2
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I've been eyeing one of these too but I'd like something passively cooled. Are these feature set c? I can't remember.
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Old 12-01-09, 02:32 PM   #3
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The GeForce 240 is pretty new, so I would assume feature set C and according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VDPAU it is feature set C, but I haven't yet been able to verify this
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Old 12-03-09, 06:39 AM   #4
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Well, so far, I have an expensive paperweight. Come on, nvidia!
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Old 12-03-09, 08:04 AM   #5
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Well, so far, I have an expensive paperweight. Come on, nvidia!
Does the standard xv driver work or does even that give you no video?
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Old 12-03-09, 12:20 PM   #6
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Well, so far, I have an expensive paperweight. Come on, nvidia!
I just tried 195.22 and it seems to work quite good. Only issue, the fan spins 100%.
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Old 12-04-09, 01:51 AM   #7
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I just tried 195.22 and it seems to work quite good. Only issue, the fan spins 100%.
Really? When I tried that version, all attempts to start X simply resulted in a locked system and the following line in my Xorg.0.log:
(EE) NVIDIA(0): WAIT: (E, 0, 0x857d, 0)
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Old 12-04-09, 01:58 AM   #8
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Does the standard xv driver work or does even that give you no video?
If you mean "nv" as in the open source driver ... nv works for me, albeit very limited (no 2d/3d/video acceleration).

If you mean "xv" as in the xvideo extension... no... this is not supported in the nv driver.

I am using the card, so it's not a paperweight per se, but it's even more limited (when using the nv driver) than the onboard video chipset in my case

Come on, nVidia... how can you release a card without even a beta release of the drivers !?
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Old 12-04-09, 02:08 AM   #9
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Really? When I tried that version, all attempts to start X simply resulted in a locked system and the following line in my Xorg.0.log:
(EE) NVIDIA(0): WAIT: (E, 0, 0x857d, 0)
Now, this is odd.

Code:
(II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver  195.22  Sun Nov 22 17:32:23 PST 2009
(II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs

(II) Dec 03 21:03:58 NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce GT 240 (GT215) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)
(--) Dec 03 21:03:58 NVIDIA(0): Memory: 1048576 kBytes
(--) Dec 03 21:03:58 NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 70.15.23.00.05
(II) Dec 03 21:03:58 NVIDIA(0): Detected PCI Express Link width: 16X
(--) Dec 03 21:03:58 NVIDIA(0): Interlaced video modes are supported on this GPU
(--) Dec 03 21:03:58 NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s) on GeForce GT 240 at PCI:1:0:0:
Everything seems to be working smoothly and solid after 12h. VPDAU works. Powermizer works. The only issue is the vacuum cleaner noise, temperature stays below 40C *under load*, room temperature when idle.

If it can be of any help, this is opensuse 11.2 x86_64 with low-latency (desktop) kernel. I used the NVIDIA installer (not the repository).

Last edited by wmhobbes; 12-04-09 at 02:13 AM. Reason: Added information on successful platform.
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Old 12-04-09, 08:02 AM   #10
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If you mean "nv" as in the open source driver ... nv works for me, albeit very limited (no 2d/3d/video acceleration).

If you mean "xv" as in the xvideo extension... no... this is not supported in the nv driver.

I am using the card, so it's not a paperweight per se, but it's even more limited (when using the nv driver) than the onboard video chipset in my case

Come on, nVidia... how can you release a card without even a beta release of the drivers !?
D'oh! You are correct. the nv driver!
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Old 12-04-09, 05:25 PM   #11
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wmhobbes, are you sure you don't have a 240M card? I find it odd that anyone has this working on the GT 240 because even the README doesn't list it as supported.
Can anyone else tell me if they have this card working in Linux with the nvidia driver?

Just for the hell of it, I tried once again, using all three packages (I tried one at a time):

NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-195.22-pkg0.run
NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-195.22-pkg1.run
NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-195.22-pkg2.run
from:
ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/195.22/

All resulted in the same black screen and locked system when attempting to start X.
I could not change virtual terminals but was able to use the magic system request key (Alt+SysRq+B) to reboot the machine.

I am using Ubuntu 9.10 x86_64.

Relevant entries in Xorg log:
Code:
(II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver  195.22  Sun Nov 22 17:32:23 PST 2009
(II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
(II) Primary Device is: PCI 01@00:00:0
(II) Loading sub module "fb"
(II) LoadModule: "fb"
...
(**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
(==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
(==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
(==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
(**) Nov 27 15:35:39 NVIDIA(0): Enabling RENDER acceleration
(II) Nov 27 15:35:39 NVIDIA(0): Support for GLX with the Damage and Composite X extensions is
(II) Nov 27 15:35:39 NVIDIA(0):     enabled.
(II) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce GT 240 (GT215) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)
(--) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0): Memory: 1048576 kBytes
(--) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 70.15.27.00.00
(II) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0): Detected PCI Express Link width: 16X
(--) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0): Interlaced video modes are supported on this GPU
(--) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s) on GeForce GT 240 at PCI:1:0:0:
(--) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0):     Gateway FPD2485W (DFP-0)
(--) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0): Gateway FPD2485W (DFP-0): 330.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
(--) Nov 27 15:35:44 NVIDIA(0): Gateway FPD2485W (DFP-0): Internal Dual Link TMDS
(II) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0): Assigned Display Device: DFP-0
(==) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0):
(==) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0): No modes were requested; the default mode "nvidia-auto-select"
(==) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0):     will be used as the requested mode.
(==) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0):
(II) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0): Validated modes:
(II) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0):     "nvidia-auto-select"
(II) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 1920 x 1200
(--) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (93, 92); computed from "UseEdidDpi" X config
(--) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0):     option
(==) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0): Enabling 32-bit ARGB GLX visuals.
(--) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp
...
(II) Nov 27 15:35:47 NVIDIA(0): Initialized GPU GART.
(II) Nov 27 15:35:50 NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "nvidia-auto-select"
(EE) Nov 27 15:35:52 NVIDIA(0): WAIT: (E, 0, 0x857d, 0)
(end of log file)
lspci -v gives me:
Code:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0ca3 (rev a2)
	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 5
	Memory at fb000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
	Memory at b0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
	Memory at ce000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
	I/O ports at df00 [size=128]
	Expansion ROM at fcf00000 [disabled] [size=512K]
	Capabilities: <access denied>
	Kernel modules: nvidia, nvidiafb
I can post an nvidia bug-report if that helps (you guys even looking at this thread?)
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Old 12-05-09, 02:49 AM   #12
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wmhobbes, are you sure you don't have a 240M card? I find it odd that anyone has this working on the GT 240 because even the README doesn't list it as supported.
Pretty sure. It says: "NVIDIA GPU GeForce GT 240 (GT215)".

I understand the documentation doesn't mention it, thus I had it sitting for a few days until I finally decided to give it a try. The part is ASUS ENGT240 with 1GB DDR3. (does your card have GDDR?)


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NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-195.22-pkg2.run
from:
ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/195.22/
This is what I got working.

my lspci:

Code:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0ca3 (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
	Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 8326
	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
	Memory at fd000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
	Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
	Memory at dc000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
	I/O ports at 9c00 [size=128]
	[virtual] Expansion ROM at fe880000 [disabled] [size=512K]
	Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 3
	Capabilities: [68] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
	Capabilities: [78] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
	Capabilities: [b4] Vendor Specific Information <?>
	Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel <?>
	Capabilities: [128] Power Budgeting <?>
	Capabilities: [600] Vendor Spec
	Kernel driver in use: nvidia
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I can post an nvidia bug-report if that helps (you guys even looking at this thread?)
I can make an educated guess the relevant detection/setup code is already in, it just doesn't cover the corner cases and some hardware features, so they won't 'officially' support it now. I am confident they'll release a working driver in a few days.
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