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Old 06-30-03, 06:01 AM   #1
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Unhappy X Refuses to start after installing NVIDIA drivers

OK, I'm practically a total newbie when it comes to these things, so I'm not quite sure what kind of info needs to be posted...

I'm running Debian Linux, installed from the Knoppix 3.1 CD-ROM, I'm using a Geforce4 Ti4200 w/128MB DDR (4X AGP), 768MB RAM, and a KDS VS-70 Monitor (Max resolution 1280x1024)

Anyway, X11 was working fine with the generic vesa server that knoppix set up when I installed, but whenever I installed the NVIDIA drivers, the screen goes black when X starts, and then it shuts down and tells me something like "(EE)Unable to load NVIDIA kernel Module!"
"Screen was found, but was unable to find suitable screen for your display"


I can't remember exactly what it said, but it was something like that...

I figure it's probably something stupid that I did when I edited my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file, so I thought I'd see if I could get some help here... Right now I'm stuck using Windoze just so I can get online and it's killing me...
Any help would be greatly appreciated...

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Old 06-30-03, 06:16 AM   #2
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Default DUH...

OK, I think I should probably post up my XF86 Log file too... here ya go...

(II) Setting vga for screen 0.
(II) Loading sub module "vgahw"
(II) LoadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(II) Module vgahw: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.2.0, module version = 0.1.0
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.5
(**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 16, (--) framebuffer bpp 16
(==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 565
(==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
(==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
(--) NVIDIA(0): Linear framebuffer at 0xD8000000
(--) NVIDIA(0): MMIO registers at 0xE8000000
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***
(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
(II) UnloadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

That's the gist of the error... it's more in-depth in the log file though...
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Old 06-30-03, 01:35 PM   #3
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i have the exactly same problem as this. kernel version is 2.4.18-10 , and i have checked all the dependencies , i read the documentation and configured XFree86Config-4 file as it is said in docZ (while the X was working). im a newbie , how can i edit a file in console?????
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The easiest way I've found to edit files in the console is emacs.

To start it, type:

emacs

Simple enough...

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Old 06-30-03, 06:11 PM   #5
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if you're sure you xconfig is ok, try adding
alias char-major-195 nvidia
to your /etc/modutils/aliases file, then run update-modules

[edit, oh yeah, reboot after that]
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Old 07-01-03, 10:13 PM   #6
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I have the exact same problem! I am running Mandrake 9.1 on an Epox 8RDA+ with a Chaintech 128MB Ti4200. I have tried all the obvious suggestions such as APIC off and patching the kernel with agpgart.diff and many many more. Nothing fixes the problem! Windows XP runs great.

This is driving me crazy. I am ready to get rid of the board.
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Old 07-01-03, 11:00 PM   #7
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Talking Cool!

Thanks, cannedpolarbear! I added the alias, updated my modules, rebooted and X fired right up at 1280X1024!!! Cool! Thanks a lot for the help!
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Old 07-02-03, 02:30 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by timkz
I have the exact same problem! I am running Mandrake 9.1 on an Epox 8RDA+ with a Chaintech 128MB Ti4200. I have tried all the obvious suggestions such as APIC off and patching the kernel with agpgart.diff and many many more. Nothing fixes the problem! Windows XP runs great.

This is driving me crazy. I am ready to get rid of the board.
You have the same problem as we have - see thread 'Blank / garbled screen round up'.
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Old 07-05-03, 04:09 PM   #9
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Angry Hurah for the canned polar bear!

His tip also worked for a nvidia vanta in a compaq evo dv500 for debian 3.0rc1 woody.

Now, why the f*** (yes, I'm allowed to say
that after a full day day of trying) does this work???
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Old 07-06-03, 04:00 AM   #10
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the nvidia installer doesn´t add the created module to your configuration, you have to do this yourself
(one day of trying?!? what should i say, I spent almost two weeks get the nvidia running and they still not work)
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