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Old 12-11-04, 04:52 AM   #1
AceOfGuitar
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Default Black screen in most games

Hi,

I got a SuSE 9.1 system and I installed the NVIDIA driver for my GeForce2 MX/MX 400 using the YOU update. Everthing was fine, NVIDIA logo is displayed on startup X - great. But if I try to start a game like Tuxracer I just got a black screen. The music of the game is playing, so the game is runnig. I also can exit it by pressing escape. I just don't see anything.
Now I want to update the NVIDIA driver. I've downloaded NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6629-pkg1.run but I got the error "Unable to build the NVIDIA kernel module". Hm, and now?
My questions: Anybody has a idea why I just got a black screen in games?
What can I do to build the NVIDIA driver correctly?
I add my nvidia-installer-log, maybe thats usefull.

Thx
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Old 12-11-04, 05:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Black screen in most games

Your X config shows a conservative vsync range. Replace it with your monitor specs (don't push it over). The riva fb module on your system should be compiled out in a kernel build - and that ought to fix errors in the nvidia driver compile when it comes to do it. So you have some kernel documentation reading ahead of you - take your time and note you don't have to read all of it.
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Old 12-12-04, 04:47 AM   #3
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Hm, where can I change the vsync range? I do not find something in XF86Config.
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Old 12-12-04, 10:05 PM   #4
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This is the line,

VertRefresh 40-60

You can comment it out and see what X gives you.
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Old 12-13-04, 11:04 AM   #5
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X is running fine. Just the games are the problem.
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Old 12-13-04, 09:47 PM   #6
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Default Re: Black screen in most games

My suggestions may be a little off the top, but from my experiance it seems to work well (For me anyway). So here goes.

I'd suggest the following:

In your XF86Config file do the following..

Remove the DRI section (Whether it will use it or not, Nvidia doens't use DRI)

Hash out all those mode lines (I don't use them and all my games and screen modes run very well)

In you card section (Device[0]), hash (#) out the BusID & Option Rotate lines. Remove the 32bit screen section (Linux & Windows only require 24Bits for 16Million colour display) The 32bit section will NEVER be used.

Also with regards to the driver installation, I remember seeing on the Nvidia Driver page, there is a guide on how to install the driver in Suse. That should sort out that error you are getting. (Sorry but I don't run Suse, I use Redhat Enterprise 3 WS) untill that's successful, keep the driver setup as 'nv'.

I might also suggest to go to an older version of the driver, as the new version seems to have problems with the GF 2's. (From what I've read here, and other forums)

I hope this will help...

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Old 12-14-04, 12:18 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Wolfman [TWP]
My suggestions may be a little off the top, but from my experiance it seems to work well (For me anyway). So here goes.

I'd suggest the following:

In your XF86Config file do the following..

Remove the DRI section (Whether it will use it or not, Nvidia doens't use DRI)

Hash out all those mode lines (I don't use them and all my games and screen modes run very well)

In you card section (Device[0]), hash (#) out the BusID & Option Rotate lines. Remove the 32bit screen section (Linux & Windows only require 24Bits for 16Million colour display) The 32bit section will NEVER be used.
I did that but it does not work.

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there is a guide on how to install the driver in Suse
Of cause I've try that!
It does not work
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Old 12-14-04, 06:30 PM   #8
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Of cause I've try that!
It does not work
Well, I'm sorry, I don't know what else to suggest... Maybe perhaps another distribution?? .. I did try Suse at one stage, but it was too much stuffing around to get it properly configured. And I've tried several others, and I keep getting back to using Redhat, since it seems to be easier to configure to me.

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