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Old 03-19-11, 08:46 AM   #1
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Default 3 Cards under Ubuntu 10.10

Hello,

I am stumped at trying to configure my ubuntu desktop to support 3 NVidia GFX cards. My configuration is as follows:

Ubuntu 10.10 32bit with PAE Kernel
4GB DDR2
ASUS M2NBP-VM CSM Motherboard
Onboard 6150 LE enabled in bios to run alongside PCI-e card

Installed Devices:

8800 GTS 320MB pci-e
FX 5200 PCI 256MB

Currently my setup is working perfect with the 6150 and the 8800 gts with the latest driver (260.19.06) across 4 monitors. As soon as i try to enable the 3rd card and monitors in my xorg.conf with the older driver (173) the system upon reboot will only flicker all screens on/off and will not boot to X. I have attached my nvidia-debug file hoping someone will have some insight into a solution for my problems.
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Old 03-21-11, 08:58 AM   #2
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Hello,

I am stumped at trying to configure my ubuntu desktop to support 3 NVidia GFX cards. My configuration is as follows:

Ubuntu 10.10 32bit with PAE Kernel
4GB DDR2
ASUS M2NBP-VM CSM Motherboard
Onboard 6150 LE enabled in bios to run alongside PCI-e card

Installed Devices:

8800 GTS 320MB pci-e
FX 5200 PCI 256MB

Currently my setup is working perfect with the 6150 and the 8800 gts with the latest driver (260.19.06) across 4 monitors. As soon as i try to enable the 3rd card and monitors in my xorg.conf with the older driver (173) the system upon reboot will only flicker all screens on/off and will not boot to X. I have attached my nvidia-debug file hoping someone will have some insight into a solution for my problems.

From logs looks like GPU is not initialized of slot PCI:4:9:0. Please try by interchanging gpu boards with different PCI-E/PCI slots.



[ 57.840] (EE) NVIDIA(4): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device PCI:4:9:0.
[ 57.840] (EE) NVIDIA(4): Please see the COMMON PROBLEMS section in the README for
[ 57.840] (EE) NVIDIA(4): additional information.
[ 57.840] (EE) NVIDIA(4): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device!
[ 57.840] (II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
[ 57.840] (II) UnloadModule: "wfb"
[ 57.840] (II) UnloadModule: "fb"
[ 57.840] (--) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp
[ 57.844] (EE) NVIDIA(GPU-2): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device PCI:4:9:0.
[ 57.844] (EE) NVIDIA(GPU-2): Please see the COMMON PROBLEMS section in the README for
[ 57.844] (EE) NVIDIA(GPU-2): additional information.
[ 57.844] (WW) NVIDIA(GPU-2): Failed to initialize NVIDIA graphics device on GPU PCI:4:9:0!
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Old 03-21-11, 01:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: 3 Cards under Ubuntu 10.10

I also could not get three cards to come online in Linux, and found that I had to add a vmalloc=XXX entry to my boot - there was simply not enough memory allocated to allow the third card to init, and this is what was found in the "COMMON PROBLEMS" section you have been referred to . . .

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Old 03-21-11, 03:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: 3 Cards under Ubuntu 10.10

This will never work, since a GeForce 5xxx only works with 173xx driver.
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Old 03-22-11, 03:30 AM   #5
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This will never work, since a GeForce 5xxx only works with 173xx driver.
But it should work as 173.14.28 supports all the cards in question ( Onboard 6150 LE & 8800 GTS 320MB pci-e )
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Old 03-22-11, 03:31 AM   #6
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Maybe, but

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Currently my setup is working perfect with the 6150 and the 8800 gts with the latest driver (260.19.06) across 4 monitors.
This can't work.
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Old 03-22-11, 03:46 AM   #7
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Maybe, but
This can't work.
True that, but:
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As soon as i try to enable the 3rd card and monitors in my xorg.conf with the older driver (173) the system upon reboot will only flicker all screens on/off and will not boot to X.
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Old 03-23-11, 01:35 AM   #8
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Hi all,
Internally we have filed bug 806605 to track this issue. Lets do some more experiments with different motherboards, gpus for older drivers (173) and let us know the results.
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Old 03-28-11, 03:58 AM   #9
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Hello all,
We have reproduced this issue in house on x86 system. This issue is not repro for x64 OS. Also after adding parameter vmalloc=256MB all 3 GPUs are initialized. See the "Kernel virtual address space exhaustion on the X86 platform" section in the README.
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Old 04-01-11, 12:21 PM   #10
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Added vmalloc=256M to grub and now I get the following in my xorg.log:

[ 40.779] (II) NVIDIA(0): Unable to connect to the ACPI daemon; the ACPI daemon may not
[ 40.780] (II) NVIDIA(0): be running or the "AcpidSocketPath" X configuration option
[ 40.780] (II) NVIDIA(0): may not be set correctly. When the ACPI daemon is
[ 40.780] (II) NVIDIA(0): available, the NVIDIA X driver can use it to receive ACPI
[ 40.780] (II) NVIDIA(0): events. For details, please see the "ConnectToAcpid" and
[ 40.780] (II) NVIDIA(0): "AcpidSocketPath" X configuration options in Appendix B: X
[ 40.780] (II) NVIDIA(0): Config Options in the README.
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Old 04-01-11, 09:41 PM   #11
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but does it work?
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Old 04-02-11, 10:12 PM   #12
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It still would not start X with the 5200 with vmalloc=256M. However I found a 6200 PCI and swapped my 8800gts for a smaller Quadro 1400 and and now have 6 working monitors with the nvidia Driver: 260.19.06

Now my only issue is high load from /usr/bin/X as soon as I load any new pages in firefox, open email with thunderbird, chat with pidgin, or move windows around between the screens. It was also this way when I was running 2 cards however has worstened since I installed the 3rd card.

This is causing some pretty heavy lag in all the applications I run. My xorg configuration and bug-report is attached to this message.

Any tips?

New system specs:

AMD x2 3800
ASUS M2NBP-VM CSM Motherboard
4GB DDR2
Geforce 6150le onboard (128MB alloc)
Geforce Quadro 1400 pcie (128MB)
Geforce 6200 PCI (256MB)
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File Type: gz nvidia-bug-report.log.gz (65.1 KB, 53 views)

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