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Old 02-27-10, 07:33 AM   #1
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Default Fedora 12, Geforce 9600GT fullscreen lockups.

I'm experiencing very annoying lockups with OpenGL based games. Basically the screen will lock up and "flicker" quite a lot .. after a few minutes like this the game will exit. It does this with any game I've tried (eg, Nexuiz, Alien Arena, FlightGear). Strangely I haven't seen this problem with software like "Blender".

What I've noticed is that "fullscreen mode" seems to be the worst. If I run a game in fullscreen mode it will typically cause this problem within 10 seconds. If I start the game in windowed mode it's much more stable. I've also noticed that the smaller I make the window the less likely the problem is to appear. For instance I've played FlightGear in a 640x480 window for some hours and not yet seen it produce the problem, (although the screen did still flicker a bit).

This problem feels very similar to the one I had several years ago with a GeForce 7300GT, I even see similar error messages in the system log:
Code:
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003 
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003 
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003 
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003 
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003 
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003 
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 13, 0003 00000000 00008297 00000f00 ffffffff 0000000c
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003
With the list of symptoms out the way let me get down to what I've tried:

I've tried three nvidia driver versions: 190.42, 190.53 and right now I'm using 195.36.08.
Kernel: I'm using the most recent Fedora kernel, the problem has existed through several kernel updates.
I've updated my System BIOS to the most recent available.
GPU BIOS.. to be honest I would have no idea how to update it if I could even find an update..

I tried passing the pci=nommconf option to the kernel (as I did find a "PCI: Using MMCONFIG at e0000000 - efffffff" in my log) - it made no difference.
idle=poll - no difference
maxcpus=1 - no difference, although I would not consider this a satisfactory solution even if it did (I didn't buy a Quad core CPU to only use 25% of it )

Something else to mention is that playing games on Windows with the same system produces no problems - I think therefore it's fairly logical to assume that the problem cannot be hardware or BIOS related?

What else should/can I try?
Output from "nvidia-bug-report.sh" is attached.

Thanks.
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Old 02-27-10, 08:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Fedora 12, Geforce 9600GT fullscreen lockups.

Are you running anything overclocked?
What are your GPU temperatures when the problem occurs?
What PSU are you using?
Can you try the graphics card in another PC?
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Old 02-27-10, 09:21 AM   #3
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Default Re: Fedora 12, Geforce 9600GT fullscreen lockups.

Thanks for the suggestions

I've got nothing overclocked, everything is running at factory spec.
The GPU doesn't go over about 43 degrees Celsius.
I have a 550W PSU (Antec NeoPower 550) - I doubt this is the problem as it only about a month old and the problem existed with the previous one too.

Trying the card in another machine ... not easily .. I don't have ready access to another system with PCI-express (only some older systems). Also as I mentioned it works perfectly in Windows (same hardware) so I highly doubt it's a hardware problem..
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Old 02-27-10, 09:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions

I've got nothing overclocked, everything is running at factory spec.
The GPU doesn't go over about 43 degrees Celsius.
I have a 550W PSU (Antec NeoPower 550) - I doubt this is the problem as it only about a month old and the problem existed with the previous one too.

Trying the card in another machine ... not easily .. I don't have ready access to another system with PCI-express (only some older systems). Also as I mentioned it works perfectly in Windows (same hardware) so I highly doubt it's a hardware problem..
Hm, run some game in windowed mode (turn on antialiasing and anisotropic filtering to max in nvidia-settings before launching the game), and open up a terminal next to the window. In this terminal, run

Code:
watch --interval=1 'dmesg|tail && tail ~/.xsession-errors'
This way you can see if something shows up as you run the game at high settings.
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Old 02-27-10, 11:48 AM   #5
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Code:
watch --interval=1 'dmesg|tail && tail ~/.xsession-errors'
This way you can see if something shows up as you run the game at high settings.
I tried this with FlightGear:
Code:
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0003
fgfs[15878]: segfault at 2b0 ip 00000037c443054e sp 00007fffcd9fad90 error 4 in libosgParticle.so.2.8.2[37c4400000+4b000]
Interestingly I turned on the option called "Allow Flippping" (whatever it is) and it made a noticeable improvement to stability .. it didn't resolve the problem but it did lessen it..
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