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Old 01-08-09, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default "stable" 180.22 driver breaks X start

Hi,

Having blogged here: Linux Software Blog I've been unable to install any of the 180.* drivers onto my PC.

This includes the stable 180.22 driver. This is my process..

> telinit 3
> sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.82-pkg2.run --uninstall
--------- * followed all the prompts on the uninstaller * ---------------
> sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.22-pkg2.run
--------- * Follow all prompts in installer * ----------------

I've done this manual uprgade process successfully since 169.** to 177.**.

The behaviour now...
Once the upgrade is complete, I reboot my machine. I get past the Fedora "plymouth" boot up process. The screen then goes dark. At this point, I would expect the nvidia logo to appear, followed by the gnome login manager. However, the nvidia logo does not appear (leaving it 10 minutes+). This means that I had to boot from my USB stick, edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf to
driver "nv"

to allow me to reboot to X to allow me to downgrade to 177.82 to allow me to login in again with my nvidia driver.


So nvidia devs... what am I missing here? I would be sure that "--uninstall" would remove all trace of the 177.82 driver??

My system
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Fedora 10 x86_64
4gb memory
9500GT
AMD 6000+ X2 64bit


Thanks.
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Old 01-08-09, 03:02 PM   #2
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Please generate and attach a bug report.
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Old 01-08-09, 03:33 PM   #3
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How can I?

When this behaviour happens, ad the screen goes black (where the nvidia logo normally appears), I am completely frozen out of my system. Alt+Ctrl+F2 or Alt+Ctrl+F6 do nothing - it's a hard freeze.

Where do I go from here?
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Old 01-08-09, 03:35 PM   #4
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If you have another computer, you can connect to the hung one with SSH. Otherwise, you can reboot and run nvidia-bug-report.sh then.
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Old 01-08-09, 03:50 PM   #5
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Hi,

OK, here's what I've done....

- telinit 3
- uninstalled 177.82
- installed 180.22
- on startup, system hangs
- boot into system via live USB, changed driver to "nv"
- rebooted into system
- ran: nvidia-bug-report.sh --> Took bug report
- telinit 3
- installed 177.82
- rebooted
- now in system using nvidia driver 177.82


The bug report is attached


Let me know if any changes to my setup could help.... Thanks.
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Old 01-08-09, 04:00 PM   #6
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try appending " 3" to the kernel options. Then you should boot without X and don't need your live usb system.
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Old 01-08-09, 04:26 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, your bug report has an X log from the NV driver. You need to cause the failure, reboot, and then generate the bug report.
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Old 01-08-09, 04:39 PM   #8
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Default Re: "stable" 180.22 driver breaks X start

I am quite sure that he is unable to boot the system while the nvidia driver is set in the Xorg.conf, as the X server causes his system to hang and is started automatically.

He could

1) As already said, use the grub built in editor to boot the system into a non-X runlevel

1b) when the distribution allows it, switch to interactive boot mode and don't start the X / *dm service

or

2) chroot into the installation from any live media and run the linux bug report script from there

or

3) collect the data manually, most of all the log files of X and system, from a live system.

I'd prefer 1), then 2), and 3) as the ugliest solution.

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Old 01-08-09, 05:47 PM   #9
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Hi NvFuchs, thanks very much for the advise.. and I've made progress....

OK so the routine this time was:
- telinit 3
- uninstall 177.82
- install 180.22
- reboot
- X server crash
- reboot with kernel option " 3 "
- *in init mode 3* - nvidia-bug-report.sh
- uninstall 180.22
- install 177.82
- reboot successfully

So I attach the correct bug report this time.

As before, if there is anything I can do to change setup, let me know.

thanks.
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Old 01-08-09, 11:02 PM   #10
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Unfortunately, grep decided that your system log was a binary file:
Quote:
Scanning kernel log files for NVRM messages:

/var/log/messages:
Binary file (standard input) matches
Please take a look in there and see if you see any NVRM error messages.

It's odd that your X server log stops right after loading libdri.so. I wonder if libdri could be doing something bad. It really shouldn't do anything, but you could try disabling it by adding
Code:
Disable "dri"
To the "Module" section in xorg.conf.
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Old 01-09-09, 03:41 AM   #11
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OK.

I did:
> cat /var/log/messages | grep -a --text -B2 -A2 NVRM

About the 180.22 I get this:

Jan 8 20:36:27 robs kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APC6] enabled at IRQ 16
Jan 8 20:36:27 robs kernel: nvidia 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APC6] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
Jan 8 20:36:27 robs kernel: NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module 180.22 Tue Jan 6 09:15:58 PST 2009
Jan 8 20:36:27 robs kernel: DVB: registering frontend 0 (DiBcom 3000M-B DVB-T)...
Jan 8 20:36:27 robs kernel: dibusb: This device has the Thomson Cable onboard. Which is default.

No error message at all.

I will try disabling "dri" later today.... Does the nvidia not use the DRI infrastructure at all? (Will it affect desktop performance if I disable dri?)

thanks.
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Old 01-12-09, 07:48 PM   #12
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OK, I managed to disable "dri" in xorg.conf.

Behaviour is still as before.

I attach a renewed nvidia-bug-report.log

Let me know if I can make any changes to my setup or xorg.conf


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