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Old 10-04-04, 04:55 AM   #1
Alex M
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Default Nvidia causes vm86 syscall, signal 4, crash...

Gudday

I'm having a fairly frustrating time with a Gentoo install using x86 (stable) on Athlon 2600, GEforce440mx,

Occasionally (or not so occasionally!) I'm getting a full system freeze necessitating a hardware reboot... xfree86.0.log and kdm.log are both picking up the same thing:

XFree86 Version 4.3.0.1
Release Date: 15 August 2003
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.6
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.25-gentoo-r1 i686 [ELF]
Build Date: 15 August 2004
Before reporting problems, check http://www.XFree86.Org/
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Module Loader present
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Mon Oct 4 13:02:11 2004
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"
(EE) NVIDIA(0): vm86() syscall generated signal 4.
(II) Initializing extension GLX
Creating menu entries for kdm in /usr/kde/3.2/share/config/kdm/sessions...
QImage::convertDepth: Image is a null image
QImage::smoothScale: Image is a null image
SetClientVersion: 0 7
(II) Initializing extension GLX

I'm reasonably un-proficient with Linux (but hey, did manage a Gentoo install!) so tell me what you need and I'll see how I go getting it.

I'm just using the modules built with an "emerge nvidia-kernel" which looks like a 6111 release.
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Old 10-04-04, 08:13 AM   #2
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Default Re: Nvidia causes vm86 syscall, signal 4, crash...

Is there a more general hardware incompatibility here ?

I have a GEforce440mx SE and an AMD Athlon XP 2800 CPU.

I have tried many combinations of Linux distribution, including Yoper, SuSe 9.1, Mandrake 10, Fedora Core 1, MEPIS and Knoppix.

All fail using the 6106 or 6111 drivers. Even Fedora Core 1 with a 2.4 series kernel. The system just hangs as soon as it tries to satrt glx.

I am about to try reverting to the 5336 version to see if I can get that working.
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Old 10-04-04, 08:35 AM   #3
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Default Re: Nvidia causes vm86 syscall, signal 4, crash...

I'm "glad" to see it's not just me. I didn't have any problems using the same card under Suse 9.0 but Gentoo has the goods in other respects...
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Old 10-04-04, 10:29 AM   #4
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Default Re: Nvidia causes vm86 syscall, signal 4, crash...

Hmmm, maybe it is not the card (I've had the same card working with nvidia drivers before) - but what is different now is not the card, but rather the CPU (now using an AMD XP 2800) and of course also the motherboard.

The motherboard I am now using is a Jetway V600DA which uses VIA KT600 and VIA 8237 chipsets.

I see on another thread on this forum "NVIDIA + VIA = No AGP 4x?" there is mention of the system hanging when AGP 4x is used.

I have set the BIOS to 2x AGP as this thread seems to suggest, and reduced the memory aperture from 64M down to 32M for good measure, but the system still hangs whenever the nvidia driver tries to start.

There is some suggestion here that I need to enable some special parameter when I compile the driver - something about NVreg_EnableVia4x set to 0 in order to disable AGP 4x. I have no idea how to do this, or if I have got the wrong story, or if I am simply reading it all wrong.
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