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Old 01-08-09, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default GeForce 8100 in spasm mode

I tried OpenSuse 11.0 32 + 64 and now Ubuntu AM64 8.10 with a GF8100VM-M3 MB, 2Mb RAM. That MB uses GeForce 8100 video.

After initial Ubuntu installation the system runs OK, but very slow. When I change to Nvidia driver 173 or 177 (or 180.18) the screen get's into a spasm mode and nothing really works. It is very bad the the normal Ubuntu "goat" background - and slightly better when I change the background to monochrome.

I use 1280x1024 resolution.

Is there a way to fix it? Or is that any other Linux distribution that is more friendly to that hardware?
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Old 01-15-09, 09:17 AM   #2
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I tried now also "96" driver (black screen). Means I tried now all available drivers. Tried also OpenSuse - it's way worse!

According to the NV website there are linux drivers for 8100. Can that be confirmed or is that a printing error?

If it is supported, is there any installation manual for 8100 in Ubuntu that really works and is not just an untested copy and paste construction?
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Old 01-16-09, 01:43 AM   #3
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Is there any nvidia support here? What next step I should do?

Is there any link for troubleshooting 8100?

Support is highly appreciated!
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Old 01-18-09, 08:21 PM   #4
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After plenty of testing with Ubuntu 8.10 32 + 64, OpenSuse 11.0 32+64, 11.1 32 I have a conclusion:

nvidia 8100 is NOT suitable for any form of Linux with a screen. Avoid anything with geforce 8100! If you have a 8100 - give up now!

Finally I got a separate geforce 8400 (~US$30) for my PC and it works out of the box perfectly - even without installing any of the special 173 or 177 drivers!

No flicker, 24b colors, 1280 x 1024, the "goat" Background, full screen effects - all work out of the box.


PS: support in this forum really disappoints.
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Old 04-04-09, 04:02 AM   #5
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Default Re: GeForce 8100 in spasm mode

Quote:
Originally Posted by flameproof View Post
After plenty of testing with Ubuntu 8.10 32 + 64, OpenSuse 11.0 32+64, 11.1 32 I have a conclusion:

nvidia 8100 is NOT suitable for any form of Linux with a screen. Avoid anything with geforce 8100! If you have a 8100 - give up now!

Finally I got a separate geforce 8400 (~US$30) for my PC and it works out of the box perfectly - even without installing any of the special 173 or 177 drivers!

No flicker, 24b colors, 1280 x 1024, the "goat" Background, full screen effects - all work out of the box.


PS: support in this forum really disappoints.
For the record, I had the same problem which I've now *solved* -- terrible scrolling in Firefox, bad flash/YouTube performance, and so forth.

I'm running Ubuntu 8.10 and, despite nvidia-glx-180 being the latest available package, the drivers in it are no good (it's version 180.11 as of right now). Those of you who want the best performance for the 8100 card (nForce 720a chipset) should download the 180.44 release straight from nVidia and run their installer:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

Make sure you remove (i.e aptitude purge) the existing nvidia-glx/nvidia-XXX-kernel-source packages, if you have any. And follow their instructions (it's on the FTP site). You may also have to recompile some things on your own, but if you solve those problems, the performance is night and day.

Hope this helps someone -- the 8100 does not suck

Romy Maxwell
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Old 06-05-09, 03:59 PM   #6
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in the bios on the motherboard, changing the HT setting to AUTO fixed flickering screen problems for me, ( which affected linux, winxp and win7 )
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