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Old 09-02-10, 09:22 AM   #1
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Default dell vostro 3700, i5, gt330m, ubuntu 10.4, driver unsupported

Hi all,
since yesterday I try to install nvidia drivers on a dell vostro 3700, i5, nvidia gt330m.
integrated intel graphics works well, but the dedicated nvidia chip could not be loaded.
I've tried ubuntu's suggested drivers in ubuntu repositories, I've tried to install *.run from the nvidia website, but nones of theses are working.
I've also tried to upgrade ubuntu to maverick : everything is OK except nvidia drivers...

I have to mention that I use ubuntu/linux with nvidia cards since many years now (on laptops and desktops) and it is the fist time that I see this kind of big problem.
I can post a nvidia-bug-report.log (I'll post it tonight) as mentioned in the FAQ, but for now I just want to know if somebody have successfully installed nvidia drivers on these computer. All advice are really appreciated !
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Old 09-02-10, 10:06 PM   #2
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nvidia bug report :
dell vostro 3700 nvidia-bug-report.log.gz

(If necessary or usefull I can also post somes infos given by the nvidia control panel on windows)
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Old 09-04-10, 12:04 AM   #3
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Default Re: dell vostro 3700, i5, gt330m, ubuntu 10.4, driver unsupported

I think I have the same kind of problem :
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=152049

NVRM: failed to copy vbios to system memory.
NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x30:0xffffffff:819)
NVRM: rm_init_adapter(0) failed

In a other post ( http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...24&postcount=3 ) :
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Originally Posted by AaronP View Post
Apparently, this depends on the laptop. Some laptops have a hardware mux that allows you to switch the display to the NVIDIA GPU, similarly to how the old Hybrid Graphics worked. On those laptops, there should be a BIOS setting.

On laptops that don't have that hardware mux (i.e. where the display is hard-wired to the Intel display engine), then you currently cannot use the NVIDIA GPU for display, though you should still be able to use it for CUDA and offscreen rendering.

We currently do not have plans to support display on Optimus systems where the display is connected to the Intel hardware, but as you said, it's something we'll probably end up having to look into in the future, to at least provide some basic display sharing. I can't promise anything, though.
If I do an lspci I get :
Quote:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 18)
Subsystem: Dell Device 044f
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 36
Memory at fa400000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
Memory at b0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
I/O ports at f080 [size=8]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: i915
Kernel modules: i915

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0a29 (rev a2)
Subsystem: Dell Device 044f
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
Memory at f9000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
I/O ports at e000 [disabled] [size=128]
Expansion ROM at fa000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: nvidia
Kernel modules: nvidia-current, nvidiafb, nouveau
It seems that I/O ports for the nvidia card is disabled !
could it be the reason why of the nvidia install fails ?? Is this what AaronP is talking about ?
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Old 09-07-10, 06:02 AM   #4
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Bump !
It seems nobody care about my graphics problems
Any advices are welcome !
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Old 09-07-10, 06:16 AM   #5
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Optimius isn't supported on linux ... so in short unless you have an option in your bios to switch to to the nvidia gpu you are doomed.

And again: Do NOT buy optimius based laptops if you intend to use linux.
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Old 09-07-10, 08:32 AM   #6
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hi,
thanks for your post,
yes I know the optimus problem, as well as the bios issue.

the fact is dell official documentation, and online order form, mention that :
- the laptop is not optimus enabled (1)
- the bios option to disable hybrid is present (2)

So the reasons why I'm posting here :
- maybe a workaround is possible
- dells docs are not updated and I would like to inform as much as possible on this wrong infos
- maybe some work can be done to get more infos on this system and help for the 'hybrid on linux' developers


(1) http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...en&s=bsd&cs=04
(2) http://support.euro.dell.com/support...en/SM/Bios.htm
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Old 09-07-10, 11:39 PM   #7
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Also have the same issue on my dell vostro 3400 (GT310M card). Tried compiling the latest stable version of the kernel (2.6.35.4), using archlinux's default options and the default `make oldconfig` options. I'm told this version has a fix relating to switchable graphics, though I don't know the details. Regardless, with the new kernel, everything runs great with the integrated intel provided I give Xorg the BusID of the card. Unfortunately neither nVidia's released 254.44 binary drivers nor the 260.19.04 binary drivers have worked, each giving the same error. More details in attached bug-report as requested.
nvidia-bug-report.log.gz

EDIT: also have tried turning on/off KMS with both driver versions.

Last edited by muraj; 09-07-10 at 11:41 PM. Reason: More information
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Old 09-08-10, 11:45 AM   #8
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Yep, as said before on the forum this issue depends on how the nvidia chip is implemented on the motherboard. It seems that we have cheap laptops, cheap hardware and BIOS limitations.

I think the new kernel will be more efficient with ATI cards, not sure NVIDIA support will be improved. (I've forgotten the link where you can find this infos, I'll try to find it...)
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Old 12-01-10, 08:15 AM   #9
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@r33p Did you have any luck with this?

We have a user on AskUbuntu.com who wants to disable the intel portion of the graphics setup on their Vostro 3700 so they can use the nvidia card.

Looks like a similar issue to what you're having so we'd like to know if there has been any follow-up.
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Old 12-11-10, 07:07 AM   #10
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No I didn't find anything :/
i have returned this laptop to dell, because of the non mention of the 'hybrid graphics' on their website, and dell repayed me...
(today I have an asus g73jw, and everything is fine with it)
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Old 01-07-11, 05:29 PM   #11
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Default Re: dell vostro 3700, i5, gt330m, ubuntu 10.4, driver unsupported

I found this thread interesting since I am in the opposite situation. I just got a Asus G53JW with an Intel Core i5 and nVidia 460M in it. I have understood that there is an integrated graphics card in the CPU, and I am interested in using the integrated card for displaying graphics while using the discrete card for pure computations and CUDA hardware debugging.

I expected to find two VGA controllers when doing

$ lspci | grep VGA

However, my output from that command is simply:

fredrik@klumpen:~$ lspci | grep VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0dd1 (rev a1)

Why can't I see the integrated card? Is there no integrated card in my computer?
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