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Old 12-13-07, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default Fedora FC8/6600GT/AMDX2 "gaming" lockup

Fedora Core 8 (updated as of today), 6600GT, AMD X2 dual core processor. The system works fine with compiz. Simple graphics like stellarium also works fine.

However, when starting programs like Google Earth and Doom, I get a system crash after 1-3 seconds. I both cases, some video output is presented for a short while before there is a black screen and a dead system (even remote ssh login does not work). A hard reboot is the only solution.

I have "earlier" (months ago) been able to run both these programs OK. I presume the these old drivers does not build against modern kernels, though.

Tried current livna rpm:s, the released driver 169-04 and the new beta driver 169-19. Same results in all cases. Enclosing compressed bug report.

Needless to say, I'm stuck. Any clues out there?

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Old 12-13-07, 06:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Fedora FC8/6600GT/AMDX2 "gaming" lockup

Try another kernel, if there is ck-patched one they solved that issue for me. I compiled mine about six months ago when 8 was still an rc, Sorry don't have Fedora installed anymore.
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Old 12-14-07, 02:59 AM   #3
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Thanks for reply!

The CK patchset seems to be discontinued since June, so I guess it's not an option.

Following your line of reasoning, the problem should be the interface between the kernel and the driver. My current kernel is 2.6.23, Fedora patchlevel 8-63. What other kernel might be meaningful to try. Vanilla?

Any more clues, on the Wild World Web?

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Old 12-14-07, 05:30 PM   #4
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Naa the vanilla isn't what you want. Even thou Con's patches aren't used anymore doesn't mean you couldn't compile the with the last kernel they were released with.

I am thinking it was 2.6.18.20 but that could be wrong. I have a box that runs an older kernel than that and I haven't needed to upgrade it.

Try using some cheat codes and see if they help, like noapci, or acip=no. If one of them works you can mod a file to make it do so at boot. (can't remember which one exactly)

More cheat codes here. They are for fc6 but most should still work. I don't see them in the new notes.

If you are unfamiliar with compiling a kernel, I would suggest finding a distro that likes your hardware better. I personally like PClinuxOS, it's easy to use and they have a good package system that is updated regularly.
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Old 12-15-07, 09:13 AM   #5
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The crash you describe is more often related to compiz, compiz-fusion wasn't affected (as beryl)... I don't know if it is related to compiz not supporting composite... That what i was supposing previously... didn't checked for compiz in F-8 case...

In my case google-eath works fine... So i expect you were using compiz and google-earth and the problem could possibly come from compiz...

(did you tryed google-earth with compiz disabled ?)
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Old 12-17-07, 07:39 AM   #6
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OK, from a baseline of compiz, FC8, 169.04, kernel 2.23.8,
Asus M2N32 WS pro mobo, AMD X2 CPU, 6600GT

- The string mmconfig is not present (grep -i) in dmesg after boot.
- Disabling compiz makes no difference.
- Setting maxcpus=1 makes no difference.
- Setting idle=poll make no difference
- Upgrading kernel to 2.24 makes no difference
- The BIOS is fresh.
- Downgrading to 96.43.01 makes no difference
- Downgrading to 76.86.01 makes no difference.

I have two other Fedora machines, one with Nvidia graphics, which works excellent. So it's something with the specific combination of hw, os and driver in this very case.

Unfortunately, it's not possible to run nvidia-bug-report.sh after the crash. However, I have been able to pick up various logs with a simple script. Attaching all of it..

For the moment, my options seems to be to change OS or graphics hw. Or?

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Old 01-08-08, 09:10 AM   #7
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Tried 169.07, both as livna RPM:s and as regular driver install. Same result(!)
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Old 01-08-08, 06:51 PM   #8
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Do you have xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs-32bit installed if you are uname -m = x86_64 ?

I confirm it works nice with google-earth in my case (and out of the box)
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