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Old 07-07-03, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Need "GeForce FX 5600 Go" support for Toshiba NB

Current 1.0-4363 doesn't seem to work on Toshiba Satellite 5200-902. This notebook comes with a GeForce FX 5600 Go and X comes up with a black screen, white weird letters and after some seconds the background slowly becomes white. Running X with debug information turned on the driver doesn't show any problems, switching to text console is possible, killing the X server via Ctrl-Alt-Backspace is possible too. I tried almost every nvidia kernel module option and almost every X driver option, tried linux agpgart, Nvidia agpgart and without agp support - nothing. I tried to disable the function where the kernel module wants to identify panel characteristics (forgot the exact module parameter at the moment) and tried to force Toshiba support as explained in the README - nothing. I tried the Linux kernel with and without ACPI-support, nothing. One interesting thing - nvidia entry in /proc correctly shows "FX 5600" but the Bios version is missing. So it seems that the driver fails to identify the graphics bios or the driver simply doesn't support the FX5600-Go.
The problem is that I'm using the nvidia driver on many machines and notebooks without any problem and this new notebook has been bought because of it's great graphics power - but I need it for Linux!

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Andreas
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Old 07-08-03, 09:15 AM   #2
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Hi

I have the same toshiba notebook.

you can see your nvidia graphics chip with
cat /proc/pci
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VGA compatible controller: PCI device 10de:031a (nVidia Corporation) (rev 161)
---
-> 031a

when you checkout the README for the newest driver, you'll see that this chip is not supported yet. there are two 5600 cards:

GeForce FX 5600 Ultra 0x0311
GeForce FX 5600 0x0312

but no GeForce FX 5600 go (0x31a)

thats why you have to wait for the new driver release.
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Old 07-08-03, 07:00 PM   #3
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You can get a working open source 'nv' driver if you download and build the latest XFree86 development snapshot (4.3.99.7).

Not as good as NVidia's own, but better than 'vesa'.
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Old 07-09-03, 04:05 AM   #4
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thanx alot dude!

The driver is really much better than vesa, I can use 1600x1200 now!
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Old 07-09-03, 12:58 PM   #5
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Does anyone know if there are any debian packages around? I do not want to compile this thing :-)

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