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Old 04-16-03, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default GeForce4 Ti 4200 and Mandrake 9.1

I have a problem with GeForce4 and Mandrake 9.1
With my previous settings of the config file that worked for Mandrake 9.0 and an earlier driver, no usable screens were detected, and the X server never started.
Thus I changed the XF86Config-4 file to include specific Modes. This was sufficient to cause the X server to start but now it seems to cycle through each mode, flashing every few seconds and never stabilize. If I run startx from the command line it will flash for several minutes and then report
"Could not start process. Unable to create io-slave. Too many open files."
and then there is blank screen with the cursor but no actions are possible.


The current version of the config file specifies only one mode (640x480) though I tried several modes before with similar results.

The log file is attached. The config file will be attached to the next message.

video card: GeForce4 Ti 4200
driver version: NVIDIA-x86-1.0-4349
distribution: Mandrake 9.1 (2.4.19-16mdk)
video bios revision: ??
processor: Pentium 4
motherboard: Asus P4B533 ACPI BIOS Revision 1008

Thanks for any help!
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Old 04-16-03, 06:14 PM   #2
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The config file is attached to followup my post.
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Old 04-17-03, 01:12 PM   #3
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Hmm. There's nothing obviously wrong at first glance in your logs.

Next up: can you try reinstalling the driver? Are you sure that the right kernel module is loaded?

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Old 04-17-03, 03:56 PM   #4
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Cool success!

Andy, I tried reinstalling the driver several times to no avail.

I did solve the issue though!!

In my case there were two serious problems, and one minor problem. A)There needed to be modes listed is the Display sections. I had been using "default" but this no longer works. Otherwise "No Screens available" error occurs.

B)The device option NoRenderExtension "on" caused my system to flash repeatedly and eventually fail.

C) Setting the device option NvAgp to a number (0 or 1) didn't work. After commenting it out, the log indicates that AGP does work. (This was to correct a warning message. It didn't seem to cause a problem either
way.)

Finally, I discovered that I could use the 24 bit color depth successfully whereas I had been using 16. (DefaultColorDepth)

Note that all of the options that I changed were working previously in the nvidia driver that I had compiled for Mandrake 9.0.

I've attached my working config file for those interested.

Thanks to the nvidia crew. The installer is a vast improvement.
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