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Old 09-25-10, 11:24 AM   #1
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Exclamation asus eee 1215N ION2 driver problems (failed to copy vbios and can't start X).

hi all

i bought the asus eee 1215N + nvidia ION2 recently and i have some troubles to get it work,
the main problems seems to be the shared irq with the onboard intel graphic card,
i try all the suggestions of the README, Chapter 8 and any of them works.
i have the nvidia 256.53 driver.

when i try to start the X i have this,
NVIDIA: could not open the device file /dev/nvidia0 (Input/output error).
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device PCI:4:0:0.
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Please check your system's kernel log for additional error
(EE) NVIDIA(0): messages and refer to Chapter 8: Common Problems in the
(EE) NVIDIA(0): README for additional information.
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device!
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

and in dmesg i have this:
NVRM: failed to copy vbios to system memory.
NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x30:0xffffffff:819)
NVRM: rm_init_adapter(0) failed

i also wan't to disable the onboard intel graphic card, if any of you know how, please give me a hand with that.

more detailed information in the attached the bug report.

thanks in advance.
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Old 09-25-10, 11:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: asus eee 1215N ION2 driver problems (failed to copy vbios and can't start X).

The Eee 1215N is an Optimus laptop, and I'm afraid that Optimus is not supported in Linux right now.
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Old 12-09-10, 01:58 PM   #3
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Default Re: asus eee 1215N ION2 driver problems (failed to copy vbios and can't start X).

Is there anyway with the 1215, through a combo of bios settings + drivers installed, to only use the nVidia Ion chip with Ubuntu?

I would really like to use the HDMI port and connect it to an external display digitally. I'm fine with the optimus technology not working, but if there is a way that I can atleast manually switch between the two cards working, that would greatly help.

The first time I installed the nVidia driver in Ubuntu the screen would just go black and I could no longer boot into Ubuntu.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-20-11, 02:02 AM   #4
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Default Re: asus eee 1215N ION2 driver problems (failed to copy vbios and can't start X).

Is there any news about when there will be a driver for ION2? I also have the 1215n notebook waiting for this driver to appear
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Old 01-20-11, 04:29 AM   #5
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Default Re: asus eee 1215N ION2 driver problems (failed to copy vbios and can't start X).

Check this out: http://linux-hybrid-graphics.blogspot.com/. I think people have gotten the 1215N to work.

Edit: Hmm, a quick look shows they've only managed to power down the nvidia chip. It's the 1015PN that works.
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Old 01-21-11, 04:00 AM   #6
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Default Re: asus eee 1215N ION2 driver problems (failed to copy vbios and can't start X).

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Check this out: http://linux-hybrid-graphics.blogspot.com/. I think people have gotten the 1215N to work.

Edit: Hmm, a quick look shows they've only managed to power down the nvidia chip. It's the 1015PN that works.
This might sound stupid, but what would be the advantage of powering down the nvidia chip? Save power?
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Old 01-21-11, 05:55 AM   #7
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Save power?
Yep. And thus increase battery life.
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