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Old 05-31-04, 06:04 AM   #1
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Default Another Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device

Hi guys,

I've got a similar problem to lots of other people - but I haven't been able to find a solution (here or anywhere else) which works for me!

Please find attached my XFree log, my X config and my kernel config (since I suspect its something wrong in there, as I just made a new 2.6.6 kernel and can't get the nvidia driver working with it)

the nvidia kernel module loads fine

Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 05-31-04, 06:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: Another Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device

Change your driver in XF86Config to be "nvidia" rather than "nv".

Does that fix it?
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Old 05-31-04, 06:23 AM   #3
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Oops
sorry
my bad

I forgot to edit the config before posting

No, the problem only occurs when I try to use the nvidia module
I'm using the nv module atm so I can use X while trying to find potential solutions to try
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Old 05-31-04, 06:34 AM   #4
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Yeah, I already thought it was funny. ;-)

I'll take a closer look, hang on.
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Old 05-31-04, 06:51 AM   #5
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I think you installed the driver the "debian way", right? Maybe you should reconfigure the package, follow the instructions in the XF86Config file.

Did the driver work with your previous kernel? Did you re-install the driver after you upgraded the kernel? (You will probably have to do that.)

There are some good sites about debian and nvidia, by the way. Google "debian nvidia howto" and take a look if necessary.
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Old 05-31-04, 07:12 AM   #6
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No, I didn't install it the debian way (I assume you mean apt-get)

I downloaded the 2.6.6 kernel from www.kernel.org, downloaded NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run from the nvidia website, set up the kernel, set up the NVIDIA module with the run pkg, and edited the XF86Config-4 file

However, I will still go look at some debian how to's to see if they suggest anything I haven't already tried

[edit]
Checking over the how-to's that I could find haven't given any bright ideas - except a slightly different way of getting the modules and installing them
I believe my stuff is installed correctly, just not set up right
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Old 06-02-04, 02:00 PM   #7
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Does anyone have any suggestions I can try? no matter how stupid the suggestion? I'm willing to try anything that has a chance of improving the situation!

Thanks,

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Old 06-02-04, 02:10 PM   #8
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Did you check whether you have the /dev/nvidia* devices? What does dmesg say when you load the nvidia module (or when it is loaded automatically)?

(It's probably worth the trouble to just re-install it, following the Debian specific instructions on the website discussed earlier.)
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Old 06-02-04, 02:52 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hppnq
Did you check whether you have the /dev/nvidia* devices?
Code:
bob@bob:~$ ls -ald /dev/nv*
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195,   0 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidia0
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195,   1 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidia1
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195,   2 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidia2
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195,   3 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidia3
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195,   4 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidia4
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195,   5 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidia5
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195,   6 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidia6
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195,   7 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidia7
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     root     195, 255 2004-05-31 11:51 /dev/nvidiactl
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Originally Posted by hppnq
What does dmesg say when you load the nvidia module (or when it is loaded automatically)?
I couldn't get it from dmesg (for some reason each input causes several kernel msgs); but I got it from cat /proc/kmsg at what seems like the right time...
Code:
<4>nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
<4>0: nvidia: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 NVIDIA Kernel Module  1.0-5336  Wed Jan 14 18:29:26 PST 2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by hppnq
(It's probably worth the trouble to just re-install it, following the Debian specific instructions on the website discussed earlier.)
I have tried re-installing it the standard (non-debian) way several times with no effect... (and the how-to's say that the debian way is just a timesaver but it does the same thing as a standard install)
But I was sure that because the module is loaded without error, and X finds the display driver, but it just can't initialize the card (not the kernel module) - I was sure that it was a config problem...

But I will try to reinstall things and try the debian way on the off chance that it does smt differently

Thanks for the suggestion
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Old 06-02-04, 05:48 PM   #10
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Must have been a kernel issue I guess...

I couldn't get it to work with the 2.6.6, but when I downgraded to a new 2.4.26, it worked first time...
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