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Old 10-20-03, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default X Server will not load

Hi, I am having a problem getting the nvidia driver to work with my currnet X setup. Essentially, upon starting X, the screen flickers slightly (but does not change mode) and then the system appears to lock up.

I am running Red Hat Linux 9 and Kernel 2.4.20-20.9. My XFree86 version is 4.3.0. For hardware, I have a GeForce 4 Ti 4800 w/ 128mb RAM. I have an Athlon 1800.

As an attachment, I have included my log file. Below are the relevent sections of my XF86Config file:
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Section "Module"
	Load  "dbe"
	Load  "extmod"
	Load  "fbdevhw"
	Load  "glx"
	Load  "record"
	Load  "freetype"
	Load  "type1"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
	ModelName    "Compaq S710 Color Monitor"
	HorizSync    30.0 - 70.0
	VertRefresh  50.0 - 160.0
	Modeline     "1152x864_75.00"  104.99  1152 1224 1352 1552  864 865 868 902  -HSync +Vsync
	Option	    "dpms"
EndSection
Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Videocard0"
	Driver      "nvidia"
	VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
	BoardName   "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
	VideoRam    131072
EndSection
Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Videocard0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth     24
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     24
		Modes    "1152x864_75.00" "1152x864" "800x600" "1024x768" "640x480"
	EndSubSection
EndSection
Section "DRI"
	Mode         0666
EndSection
You may notice I have my own "ModeLine" entry, I tried this from reading the README file. It did not work. Removing the line makes no difference.

Any help given would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: My XF86Config said I was using the "nv" driver in this post, I have changed it on this thread. The problem is still aparant, however.

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Old 10-20-03, 11:11 PM   #2
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That log appears to be incomplete, it shows no error up to that point that I can see. Check that the log you uploaded is correct (actually the same that you have locally).

Also, I would suggest adding a 16 bit depth mode Display subsection, possibly an 8 as well to see if it will manage to get any of those going.

Your monitor frequencies don't appear to be quite right, looking at the log there are alot of modes it rejects.
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Old 10-23-03, 06:53 AM   #3
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I use a self compiled SuSE 8.1 based kernel I had this problem with my Nvidia 440 MMX but I could fix it with the following kernel parameter:
pci=noacpi (turns off acpi adressing for PCI Cards [even AGP])
on my System ist helps.
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Old 10-23-03, 08:41 AM   #4
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Also comment out the DRI section in XF86Config - the nv driver uses it. Nvidia's instructions say to remove the DRI section when using the nvidia driver.

Also, the first entry in the Mode line in the Screen section desn't appear right. Remove the 1152x864_75.00 entry (including the "" around it)
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It is not necessary to comment out the permissions, Section "DRI". What must be commented out is only the instruction: load "dri" from the Modules section.
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Good point - the permissions section shouldn't cause problems but, I've seen so many un-intended actions when neatness isn't followed that I generally perfer to be somewhat pedantic on config files.
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There is good reason to support that approach.
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Old 10-24-03, 09:47 AM   #8
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I had a similar problem using a geforce2 GTS w/ redhat 9. For some reason, I didnt kill the Xserver after running startx. I walked away and after 4 minutes, the Xserver started. Everything worked normally afterwards, until I exited X. Upon restart, the same thing happenned.... 4 minutes to get a display.

After reading the NVidia driver README and combing several other forums, I found that the problem is related to what the card thinks it has for outputs. I added the following option to the Driver section and everything works perfectly now:

Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "TV,DFP"

It seems that the bios on the nvidia cards sometimes have incorrect information regarding what display options are available. This option disables those that were clearly not available on my GeForce 2.

Hope this helps.
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