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Old 12-20-08, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default 9800 GTS SLI & 9400M - "No devices detected."

I have a Toshiba Qosmio X305-706 laptop which has 9800M GTS SLI for heavy use and a 9400M for power saving mode.

I'm trying to get it working on Ubuntu 8.10. I installed the 180.16 because it said that it provides support for the 9800M GTS graphics chip. The installation of the run package seems to go okay and I can load the module without any apparent issues. However, when I start X, I get (EE) "No devices detected." The xorg.conf is one automatically created with nvidia-xconfig. This is with a completely new install of Ubuntu Intrepid 8.10.

Is the 9800M GTS w/ SLI support yet? If not, is it going to be supported in the future?

I am attaching the nvidia-bug-report.log and my xorg config for review. I've gzipped them due to issues with the forum software upload feature.

Thanks!
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Old 12-20-08, 12:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: 9800 GTS SLI & 9400M - "No devices detected."

This is a bug in the X server: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=18839

You can work around it by specifying the BusID of the primary device:
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Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BusID          "2:0:0"
EndSection
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Old 12-20-08, 07:14 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response!

Unforunately, now I'm getting this awesomeness:

(EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Failure reading maximum pixel clock value for display device
(EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0): CRT-0.
(EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Failed to determine output resource properties.
(EE) NVIDIA(0): The requested configuration of display devices (CRT-0) in
(EE) NVIDIA(0): MetaMode "nvidia-auto-select" is not supported on this
(EE) NVIDIA(0): GPU.
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Unable to use default mode "nvidia-auto-select".
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

I haven't really changed my xorg config. Is there a way to blacklist the VGA out? I don't have anything connected to it.
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Old 12-20-08, 08:09 PM   #4
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I went through the bug report log, and I found this:

(WW) NVIDIA(GPU-0): No connected display devices detected; assuming 1 CRT (CRT-0)

I'm pretty sure the flat panel/DFP is connected, because I can use the console through it just fine.

I've uploaded another log report.
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Old 12-20-08, 08:21 PM   #5
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I've tried adding things like:

Option "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP"
Option "ProbeAllGpus" "false"

From the documentation, but it doesn't help.
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Old 12-20-08, 09:35 PM   #6
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I've also tried downgrading to 177, same result.
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Old 12-20-08, 09:39 PM   #7
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Try specifying the bus ID of the other half of your SLI device. I.e. 3:0:0 instead of 2:0:0.
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Old 12-20-08, 09:53 PM   #8
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If I change it to the bus ID of the 9400M integrated (4:0:0), I then get an nvidia splash, the x server starts, gdm, gnome, etc. This is much better than a console, but it'd be really great to be able to use the dual 9800Ms.

This leads me to my next question: Is this setup actually correct? Will the driver somehow switch to the 9800M's under stress? All of them show up in the nvidia settings control panel in gnome.

Almost there
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Old 12-20-08, 09:56 PM   #9
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Just to clarify, if I specify either 2:0:0 or 3:0:0, I get an error about no monitors being present, defaulting to CRT-0.

If I set the BusID to 4:0:0, X begins to work (at least with the 9400M)
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Old 12-20-08, 10:15 PM   #10
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Default Re: 9800 GTS SLI & 9400M - "No devices detected."

Oh, you're talking about hybrid performance SLI. I'm afraid that's not supported in Linux. I think there's usually an option to switch over to the other GPU in the BIOS boot menu, so you could try looking for that.
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Old 12-20-08, 10:23 PM   #11
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Is this something that may be supported in the near future?
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Old 12-20-08, 10:41 PM   #12
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There are currently no plans to support hybrid perf. and hybrid power SLI in Linux.
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