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Old 03-12-04, 07:12 PM   #1
adyonka
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Default Unable to get Mandrake 10.0 with 1.0-5336 drivers

I've installed Mandrake 10.0 (kernel 2.6.3-4mdk) and am having trouble getting the nvidia accelerated drivers to work properly.

I am using the drivers from nvidia-installer, not the RPM's that Mandrake included, although I did try the RPM's.... they didn't work either.

The computer system is a Soyo SY-KT600 Dragon Plus with AMD Athlon 2700+. Graphics card is a MSI FX5600XT-TD256 (GeFORCE FX 5600).

I can fire up X with the 'vesa' driver (just by changing 'nvidia' to 'vesa' in XF86Config-4). If I try the 'nv' driver, I get a blue screen, and the graphic system freezes (although I can switch to a text login, login as root, and reboot the machine--I just can't see what I'm typing!)

I have already searched for guidance. I have verified that my BIOS setting for Plug-N-Play is OFF and Assign IRQ to VGA is ON. I have tried setting the Option "NvAGP" "x" where x is 0, 2, or 3; I have attached the output from "3"...

Here is the relevant portion of the output from 'lsmod'
Module Size Used by
nvidia 2068232 0
via-agp 7360 1
agpgart 31016 1 via-agp

XFree86.0.log is attached (startx -- -logverbose 5), and here is XF86Config-4

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "en_US"
Option "XkbOptions" ""
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Generic"
ModelName "Flat Panel 1280x1024"
HorizSync 31.5-67
VertRefresh 50-75

# Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?
# 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync
ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -vsync

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
Option "NvAGP" "3"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"
EndSection
Attached Files
File Type: log xfree86.0.log (16.2 KB, 157 views)
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Old 03-12-04, 11:50 PM   #2
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Assuming the kernel-source is installed, there are some files you need to modify.

/etc/modules.devfs
/etc/modules.conf
/etc/X11/XF86Config-4
/etc/lilo.conf

At the end of modules.devfs, there is a nvidia statement, change NVdriver to nvidia

At the end of modules.conf put alias /dev/nvidia* nvidia

In the XF86Config-4 you need to change driver = "nv" to "nvidia" as you already have
Also, set NvAGP=1, you should use nvidia agpgart, not the 2.6 kernels agpgart

In lilo.conf you need to add append= noapic

In your bios, disable APIC mode

Reboot, and fire it up. Good luck.
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Old 03-13-04, 10:49 AM   #3
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Thank goodness for helpful people on sites like this. Everything looks great now!
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Old 03-17-04, 02:18 AM   #4
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Default Mandrake 10.0 and nVidia installer v. 5336

This post by Thoreau, pasted below (with my comments appended), deserves to be quoted here and elsewhere, quite often. This is the only useful info I found in the entire world that got my nVidia card (GeForce2 MX400, PCI [Pine]) working with Mandrake 10.0 Community (kernel 2.6.3-4mdk). I assume this will soon be a significant issue with a lot of lamers such as myself, since MDK 10.0 is the "flagship" of the 1st major Linux distro to use the 2.6 kernel, and is supposed to be, like, relatively idiot-proof and stuff, and has already been unleashed upon us.

Thoreau's instructions are uncommonly clear, simple, concise, and right on target. I didn't even have to actually learn anything to get the dern thing working. I like that. Thanks, Thoreau.http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...threadid=25986

my relevant system info:
Dell Optiplex GX1 [55 bucks!]
P3 Katmai (500 Mhz)
256 Mb SDRAM (OK, it only had 128 Mb when I bought it for 55 bucks, I put a 256 Mb chunk of RAM in it)
"HP 71" monitor (D8901A) [five bucks!]
GeForce2 MX400, PCI, 64Mb (Pine) [cheap, WalMart]
fresh install of Mandrake Community 10.0, nothing much tweaked as of yet.

irrelevant info:
Well, I did remove the lame little IDE hard drive, and installed a Cheetah 18.2 Gb with an old Adaptec SCSI controller card. Between that and the nVidia card and the 2.6 kernel and KDE 3.2, this disposable system is, in most respects, as fast and responsive as the Dell 4400 (P4 1.6 Ghz, 512 Mb RAM) with RedHat 8.0 I've been using for actual work and stuff. That one actually cost money. Amazing what the right chunks of hardware and software can do for an old piece of crap like this.

The incredibly important post by Thoreau (originally at http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...threadid=25986 ) is hereby pasted below:

Quote:
Originally posted by Thoreau
Assuming the kernel-source is installed, there are some files you need to modify.

/etc/modules.devfs
/etc/modules.conf
/etc/X11/XF86Config-4
/etc/lilo.conf

At the end of modules.devfs, there is a nvidia statement, change NVdriver to nvidia

At the end of modules.conf put alias /dev/nvidia* nvidia

In the XF86Config-4 you need to change driver = "nv" to "nvidia" as you already have
Also, set NvAGP=1, you should use nvidia agpgart, not the 2.6 kernels agpgart

(beetee note: noobs, do not be confused if you see "NvAGP" and "1" in quotes, rather than separated by "=". Likewise don't be disturbed by "AGP" if your system doesn't have an AGP slot, and you're using a PCI card, like me, on this particular system. Doesn't matter. The relevant section from my XF86Config-4 file:

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
Option "NvAGP" "1"

end beetee note)

In lilo.conf you need to add append= noapic

In your bios, disable APIC mode

(beetee note: your BIOS has this option? Wow, I gotta spend more than 60 bucks on my next system! end beetee note)

Reboot, and fire it up. Good luck.
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