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Old 07-30-08, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Fedora 9 cannot access /dev/nvidia0

I'm trying to install the newest Nvidia Drivers on a clean install of Fedora 9. The driver version is 173.14.12. I installed it using the nvidia utility and it installs cleanly, but when I try to start X I get an error that
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NVIDIA: could not open the device file /dev/nvidia0
If I check dmesg the output is:
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NVRM: failed to copy vbios to system memory.
NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x30:0xffffffff:898)
NVRM: rm_init_adapter(0) failed
I'm running a Nvidia Geforce 7900GT and previously had a working driver on Fedora 8. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Old 08-01-08, 12:32 PM   #2
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I wonder if this issue was fixed, looks like no. If you read the first post on page 2 of this thread:
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...=113929&page=2
the problem was fixed. But I wonder if this fix is in this release??? If it is, then not every case is fixed. That is the real question! zander???

Here is my /var/log/messages output:
Aug 1 11:01:03 simpc37 kernel: NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module 173.14.12 Thu Jul 17 18:11:36 PDT 2008
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Aug 1 11:03:47 simpc37 kernel: NVRM: failed to copy vbios to system memory.
Aug 1 11:03:47 simpc37 kernel: NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x30:0xffffffff:898)
Aug 1 11:03:47 simpc37 kernel: NVRM: rm_init_adapter(0) failed

Same problem...
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Old 08-03-08, 08:11 PM   #3
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Default Re: Fedora 9 cannot access /dev/nvidia0

If you notice though, the error in the other thread is different. It shows error 892, but my error is error 898.
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Old 08-05-08, 05:13 PM   #4
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I tried reinstalling Fedora using the i686 version instead of x86_64. I still receive the same error. Does anyone have any suggestions I could try? I can't get my second monitor to work without the NVidia driver.
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Old 08-05-08, 07:14 PM   #5
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Use the freshrpms.net packages to install.

Uninstall all traces of the current nVidia driver using the uninstaller script. Revert to the nv driver.

Follow these commands:
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# rpm -ihv http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/9/freshrpms-release/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm
# yum install nvidia-x11-drv
Log out of X and back in.
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Old 08-06-08, 11:46 AM   #6
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I've tried every version of the driver I can find (nvidia, livna, freshrpms) all to the exact same result. I've also tried them all as both x86_64 and after a reformat i686. Still no luck. Does anyone from nvidia have any suggestions?
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Old 08-06-08, 02:04 PM   #7
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FWIW, I have the same exact issues as you do, and we do have very similar video card hardware in common, evga 7900, though slightly different, mine being c563 versus your c564 device. The card is in what are otherwise dissimilar systems, mine is all Intel based, yours is AMD/Nvidia based. We have fedora 9 with kernel version 2.6.25.11-97.fc9.i686 in common. Hmmm, must be something about that particular video card the driver does not like...

Heiko

$cat /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0
Model: GeForce 7900 GT/GTO
IRQ: 16
Video BIOS: ??.??.??.??.??
Card Type: PCI-E
DMA Size: 32 bits
DMA Mask: 0xffffffff
Bus Location: 01.00.0

$/sbin/lspci -d "10de:*" -v -xxx
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G71 [GeForce 7900 GT/GTO] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. Unknown device c563
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
Memory at e1000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
I/O ports at 2000 [size=128]
Expansion ROM at <ignored> [disabled]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: nvidia
Kernel modules: nvidiafb
00: de 10 91 02 07 00 10 00 a1 00 00 03 10 00 00 00
10: 00 00 00 e1 0c 00 00 d0 00 00 00 00 04 00 00 e0
20: 00 00 00 00 01 20 00 00 00 00 00 00 42 38 63 c5
30: 00 00 fe ff 60 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0b 01 00 00
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Old 08-13-08, 11:28 AM   #8
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Looks like a new kernel just came out for fedora 9: kernel-2.6.25.14-108.fc9.i686.rpm

Time to try the nvidia driver again I guess, doubt it will make any difference....
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Old 08-14-08, 12:41 AM   #9
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I tried it with the new kernel (2.6.25.14-108.fc9.i686) and receive the same results. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to try? I've attempted everything I can think of and I still get the exact same results.
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Old 08-14-08, 12:53 AM   #10
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Probably a dumb question... but, did you check out this post

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=72490

If your xorg.conf file did not start out like this, then make a backup copy of your xorg.conf file and then try again.
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Old 08-14-08, 12:54 AM   #11
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Oh... I forgot to mention the relenvant xorg.conf entries are in the last post of the above mentioned thread.
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Old 08-14-08, 01:11 AM   #12
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Yeah I've checked all of that. I believe I've traced the problem to bad BIOS on that particular series of card. I several threads on other forums regarding bad BIOS on the early eVga 7900's. I just contacted eVga support to see if I can find a BIOS update.
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