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Old 03-08-04, 06:20 PM   #1
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Question My nvidia card isn't working anymore.

Hello all!
My computer is based of an athlon processor, asus motherboard, and a cheap geforce 2mx bought aprox. 1 year ago. The processor and main board are two years old. My system runs slackware 8 with a lot of package upgrades but the kernel, which stays 2.4.18. I've got kde up since the begining, and I have made varios upgrades to the nvidia driver. The last in december, after which my computer was perfectly usable. For three months.
This afternoon, kernes restarts normally and "startx" freezes the computer, and one time let the screen full of garbled characters (like text mode).
Checked the logs and find nothing, although I don't understant XFree logs
thoroughly. No disk errors, no fs corrupted... System behaves perfectly except for X. So I decided to change "nvidia" driver to "nv" (¿the default driver of Xfree86 4.x?) and kde starts perfectly.
I have to say, that (in terms of video signal) I have noticed variations in the phase and clock of the signal (via my lcd pannel) that forces me to make little adjustments in order to get the screen centered.
¿Is this a case of hardware malfunction?
¿Something in my installation of drivers has gone no-no?
¿How to know?

From Barcelona.
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Old 03-08-04, 06:32 PM   #2
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Yes the nvidia driver has a tendency to fail, dropout or freeze, reinstall the driver and see how it goes. try different nvagp modes as appently nvagp=1 is the best mode.
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Old 03-09-04, 03:37 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot SuLinUX.
I thought the problems with the drivers show in different systems, or made people experience random freezes or system inestability. My computer has run without problems several months since the last update...
Changing agp configuration has solved the problem.
I don't understand...
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