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Old 05-16-03, 08:02 PM   #1
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Default Red Hat 9 - 4363 - X takes 5 mins to start

I've installed the x86-1.0-4363 nVidia drivers for Linux 'successfully' but I am now having serious problems when I start X. After issuing the 'startx' command before installing the drivers I found that X would start only a few seconds later and launch KDE. Since installing the nVidia drivers X now takes approximately 5 minutes to start.

After typing 'startx' the monitor remains 'on' (according to its LED) but the screen is not on and does not display anything. After about 5 minutes the screen comes to life and X finally appears and launches KDE.

My system specs are as follows:
Card: Creative Labs GeForce 3 Ti200 AGP 4x 64MB DDR-RAM
Driver: x86-1.0-4363
Distro: Red Hat 9 (x86)
Video BIOS Revision:
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Motherboard: Abit KR7A-133
System RAM: 512MB PC2100 DDR

I've also attached /etc/X11/XF86Config and /var/log/XFree86.0.log. I have looked through XFree86.0.log and I couldn't find any obvious problems.

The drivers seem to work fine (everything looks very nice) in all respects except starting X.

Could anyone shed any light on what the problem might be? The drivers seem to suitable but they're simply causing X to take a very long time to start up - and it's pretty annoying.


# XFree86 4 configuration created by redhat-config-xfree86

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "InputDevice"

# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Generic High Frequency SVGA, 1024x768 @ 70 Hz"
HorizSync 31.5 - 57.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 70.0
Option "dpms"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 3 (generic)"
VideoRam 65536

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
Attached Files
File Type: log xfree86.0.log (23.8 KB, 159 views)
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Old 05-17-03, 06:47 AM   #2
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My post was a bit premature... I've found a solution to this problem!

After reading all the information provided by nVidia I added the following line to the device section of XF86Config:

Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP, TV"

(since I use a CRT display) and X now starts after only a couple of seconds .

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