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Old 03-26-09, 10:33 AM   #1
TomCooksey
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Question Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

I realize this is a bit against the forum guidelines, but... The 180.* graphical corruption and freezes system thread is now 27 pages long. No developer or user is going to read that many pages. So, please use this thread to vote if you experience system freezes with the 180 series drivers.

The symptoms of the problem are that your entire system freezes (sometimes with screen flicker) shortly after starting X. You are not even able to ping your machine over the network. You may also find messages similar to this appearing in your /var/log/messages or dmesg:

Code:
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 6, PE0004
or
Code:
NVRM: Xid (0001:00): 26, Ch 000001ff M 00001ffc D ffffffff ffffffff

Please also post with as as much information as possible about your setup (especially if 180.* works!). Useful information I can think of is: CPU, chipset & gfx card models. X.org version (E.g. 7.2), x-server version (E.g. 1.5.2), Kernel version (2.6.28). Hopefully some pattern will emerge. E.g. The crash only happens on AMD processor models x, y & z. Generally anything which will help nVidia devs re-produce, isolate and hopefully fix the problem.

Please do not use this thread to express any form of opinion or comment. Use the existing thread for that!
  • At the moment, the "fix" seems to be: Use pre-180 drivers or disable SMP (using maxcpus=1 kernel parameter).


Thanks!

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Old 03-26-09, 10:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

NOT stable with:
  • CPU: Dual-core AMD Opteron 165
  • Chipset: nVidia CK804
  • Gfx-Card: nVidia GeForce 7300 LE
  • X.Org version: 7.2
  • X.Org x-server version: 1.5.3
  • Kernel version: 2.6.28

* Completely stable when I swap the 7300 LE with a 6600 LE
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Old 03-26-09, 11:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

Completely stable (haven't crashed or hung once) with:
  • CPU: AMD Athlon X2 4400+
  • Chipset: nVidia CK804
  • Video Card: nVidia Geforce 8800 GTS 640MB
  • xorg-x11 version: 7.2
  • xorg-server version: 1.3.0.0-r6
  • Kernel version: 2.6.23-gentoo-r8
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Old 03-26-09, 11:39 AM   #4
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

Rock stable with

# CPU: Core2 Duo
# Video Card: nVidia Geforce 7950GT 512MB
# Kubuntu 8.10

and

# CPU: P4 3Ghz
# Video Card: nVidia Geforce 6200 128MB
# Kubuntu 8.10

On both systems i use or at least tried 2D (browsing, flash, office and stuff), Video, 3D compositing and 3D gaming, as well as Dual Monitor with Twinview.
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Old 03-26-09, 12:38 PM   #5
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

Stable with:

# HP pavilion dv6000 laptop
# Geforce go 7400
# Core duo T2350 @ 1.86Ghz
# 2GB ram
# Ubuntu 8.10 32 bit

and

# Desktop pc (asus p5ql pro mobo)
# Geforce 8400GS
# Core 2 duo e5200 @ 2.5Ghz
# 2GB ram
# Ubuntu 8.10 32 bit

Sam
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Old 03-26-09, 12:50 PM   #6
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

Rare crashes with 180.29 (approx. once a week). No crash with 180.41, yet.

Hardware:
* Dell Optiplex 745
* Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT
* CPU: Intel Core 2 2.4

Software:
* Opensuse 11.1 with Factory KDE (4.2.1)
* Kernel: 2.6.27.19 (opensuse)
* nvidia: 180.41

Setup:
* Twinview
* compositing with OpenGL (Texture from Pixmap, no vsync, no DRI)
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Old 03-26-09, 01:00 PM   #7
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Not stable with Geforce Go 7950 GTX
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Old 03-26-09, 02:17 PM   #8
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

My three setups are rock solid:

Home PC:

Chipset: nForce 630a
GFX: GeForce 8500GT
CPU: Athlon X2 4200+
Distro: Xubuntu 8.10
Kernel: 2.6.28
Nvidia: 180.41
Xorg: 7.4
Xserver: 1.5.2

HTPC:

Chipset: nForce 780a
GFX: GeForce 8200
CPU: Athlon X2 4400+
Distro: Ubuntu 8.10
Kernel: 2.6.28.6
Nvidia: 180.29
Xorg: 7.4
Xserver: 1.5.2

Office PC:

Chipset: nForce 430
GFX: GeForce 6150SE
CPU: Athlon X2 4200+
Distro: Debian Unstable
Kernel: 2.6.28.1
Nvidia: 180.29
Xorg: 7.3
Xserver: 1.4.2
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Old 03-26-09, 02:52 PM   #9
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Stable for me.
  • CPU: AMD Athlon X2 4200+
  • Kernel: gentoo-sources-2.6.27-r8 (32-bit, no 64-bit support enabled)
  • nVidia GeForce 8600 GT 256MB
  • xorg-x11-7.2, xorg-server-1.3.0.0-r6
It seems the majority of the stability issues are related to multi-core/cpu systems running xorg-server 1.5+.
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Old 03-26-09, 03:22 PM   #10
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Corruption and freezes with:
  • Athlon X2 4450e
  • MCP78S chipset
  • GeForce 8200 (rev a2)
  • 2GB ram
  • 64 bit Mandriva 2009.1
  • kernel 2.6.28.4
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Old 03-26-09, 03:26 PM   #11
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

Tested from 180.16 upwards: all not stable for me.

* CPU: Intel Core2Duo E8400
* Board: Gigabyte X48 DQ6
* RAM: 4 MiB [Corsair DDR2-800]
* Kernel: 64bit, 2.6.29 (2.6.28/.27 is the same)
* Palit 9800 GTX+ [512 MB]
* xorg-server-1.5.3 (gentoo -r5), 1.6.0 is the same

Crashes (corruption w/ freeze) happen up to twice a day. 177.82 is rock solid on the other hand even with 2.6.29 now.

The same setup was rock solid with every 180.xx release with my old 8600 GTS card.
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Old 03-26-09, 03:29 PM   #12
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Rock solid (currently 180.29, not using any drivers except the release/stable ones.)

GPU: Asus EN9800GT Ultimate HTDP/512M
CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600
MB: Intel DG965WHMKR
PSU: Tagan ITZ II 500W
RAM: 3GB DDR2 Corsair PC2-6400 (2x 1 GB + 2x 512MB)
OS: Fedora 10 32bit, Gentoo 32bit - primarily KDE 4.

Note: I do not overclock any system components.
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