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Old 03-30-04, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default X hangs and shows non-blank screen with strange charachters

Hello All.

I have a Prolink Nvidia FX 5600 (256M) on ASUS K8V motherboard, AMD64 3200+ and 512M kingston 3200 RAM.

dual boot: Fedora 1 64bit edition + Windows XP 64-bit edition.

First I tried the hardware on a 32bit (previously installed systems: FC1 and win2000Pro) and EVERY thing worked fine including the Nvidia card.

The card worked also on my XP_64 when when I installed the appropriate driver. But When I installed the drivers to my FC1-64, the X-display won't load and it hangs at certain point -Please look at the last line of my logfiles- and shows strange characters in different colors all over the screen. I waited for more than 5 minutes in case if X would like to take its time. I can reboot using Cntrl+Alt+Del. I tried to switch back to console with Cntrl+Alt+F1 but no response.

I reinstalled my older card (GeForce 2) and it worked fine with the nvidia drivers, eleminationg any possibility of motherboard failures.

I am attching the logfiles for both cards along with my XF86config file I used. I noticed few things:

1- The nvidia drives are compiled against XFree 4.0.2 (where most late linux distributions use the 4.3.0 version).
Quote:
(II) LoadModule: "nvidia"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.o
(II) Module nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation" compiled for 4.0.2 , module version = 1.0.5332 Module class: XFree86 Video Driver
2- The last line in the log-file before hanging is:
Quote:
(II) NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "1280x1024"
.
Does this mean that the FX 5600 does not like this mode?

3- When I use the nv driver (the linux generic driver), the card works fine but in the text console, I find this line:
Quote:
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Attached Files
File Type: txt XF86Config.txt (3.1 KB, 135 views)
File Type: txt XFree86.0.log.GeForce2-400.txt (28.4 KB, 87 views)
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Old 03-30-04, 03:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: X hangs and shows non-blank screen with strange charachters

and here is the log file when my X hangs.

sorry that I loaded the second file again. The manage attachment won't allow me to post one file only !!!
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File Type: txt XFree86.0.log.txt (27.5 KB, 120 views)
File Type: txt XFree86.0.log.GeForce2-400.txt (28.4 KB, 90 views)
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CPU: dual xeon 2.8GH 533 FSB
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Video Card: ASUS GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x (rev a2)
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Old 03-31-04, 01:08 AM   #3
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I have #exactly# the same problem with my GeForce 3 Ti500...

and I found no solution until now.

:-(

Edit : I am running Freebsd 5.2.1 on an ASUS P4P800/Deluxe motherboard
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Old 03-31-04, 09:48 PM   #4
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Old 04-01-04, 10:05 PM   #5
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Ok I got the reason why it was not working.

(1) in the mobo's bios I set the AGP to 8x.

when I looked at the /var/log/messages I found this line:
Quote:
kernel: AGP: Putting device into 4x mode
which means that the kernel sets the default at 4x.
(2) in the XFconfig I did not have the NvAGP option set. the default is 3 which is try any any AGP support AGPGART then NVIDIA AGP. Then I included the option
Quote:
option "NvAGP" "1"
which did the trick for me. I thought it would be usefull to post this to you.
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CPU: dual core AMD64 x2 4800+
motherboard: tyan k8e s2865
RAM: Corsair xms 4GB 3200C2 (400)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 6600GT 128MB
Monitor: 20 inch wide screen dell 2005FPW

DeskTop 2:
CPU: dual xeon 2.8GH 533 FSB
motherboard: SuperMicro X5DAL
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: ASUS GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x (rev a2)
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Old 04-04-04, 05:31 AM   #6
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Thank you for the info sager.

Infortunately my problem is slightly different.

First of all, it seems that even if my card supports agp 1x, 2x, 4x, agp seems to be disabled according to sysctl and I have no clue how to activate it. I already tried tried to force NvAGP to 1 (without freebsd agpgart loaded), to 2 (with freebsd agpgart enabled, compiling with or without forcing freebsd agpgart), the only one that doesn't warns me of a problem is NvAGP set to 0 (no AGP)

Second, I have found no option in the bios to set AGP speed...

But in any case : I always have the same problem : if I use nvidia driver I only get tricky chars appearing on the screen.

I also tried yesterday with a GeForce FX5600, exactly the same problem...

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Old 04-06-04, 03:52 PM   #7
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Thounds stange, but i don`t think it has something to do with the graphic card! In my computer it worked too only with AGP 0. My brother has a computer with an other NVIDIA Card and there it works perfekt. So i tried one day his card... and exactly the same problem!
My card worked in hi computer well... Please don`t ask me why ;-)
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Old 04-25-04, 06:25 AM   #8
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Up...

I still have the same problem... still have not found any solution nor got any answer from the nvidia team. I'm seriously thinking about droping this @#¼½#¼ card into a trash in a nice package containing both the card and its drivers.
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