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Old 08-04-04, 12:49 AM   #1
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Angry Completely lost in the black screen of death...

Card: nVidia GeForce3 5200
Driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-6106-pkg2
Distro: Mandrake 10.0 rc1 for AMD64
Video Card Bios:
Motherboard: Shuttle FN85

First off, let me say that the driver does NOT work if you use the secure version of the Kernel! It took me many, many dirty reboots to figure that out.

The problem I have is that my computer hangs about half of the times I start X. I can't even pull up a tty. It hangs durning before the login prompt (actually, before splash screen even comes up!). The timing of the crash makes it very dificult to diagnose the problem, as every boot clears all of the old logs, etc. There is no pattern as to why it crashes, except that it tends to happen after dirty shutdowns (which is ironic, because it causes dirty shutdowns!), although this is not a hard-and-fast rule. Also, about every 12-24 hours, the system hangs. It doesn't mater if I use it non-stop (either with or without using the card heavily, i.e. OpenGL apps and the like) or if I boot it and let it sit. Whether or not I use it also does not seem to have an effect on how long it takes to hang.


About the secure kernel - it would hang at random places in the boot, making it even more difficult to diagnose, and if it did manage to boot, it would hang either loading while KDE or about 10 seconds later...
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Old 08-04-04, 01:17 AM   #2
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Default Re: Completely lost in the black screen of death...

Could you possibly describe how you are trying to set things up? Are you trying to use a second display with this config? It says that two devices are connected, though only one is allowed. Are you trying to hook up a TV?
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Old 08-04-04, 02:30 AM   #3
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I'm not doing anything fancy. One monitor, running at a resolution and refresh rate that I know works, nothing else...

It's a really odd problem, I know....
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