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Old 07-29-03, 09:58 AM   #1
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I have this weird problem with nvidia's drivers. Installing the latest (1.0-4496) goes just fine and I'm able to start X. Drivers work just fine until I try to escape from X (either by pressing ctrl-alt-del or normal logout) as the screen goes black and my computer hangs up and power booting is the only way to go on.

The problem occurs with other 1.0-4XXX drivers as well and I haven't been able to compile earlier drivers.

I'm running RedHat 9 on 1200 MHz amd duron. Motherboard is Soltek SL-75KAV and graphics card Geforce4 Ti4200.

== /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0 ===
Model: GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X
IRQ: 10
Video BIOS: 04.28.20.16.00
Card Type: AGP
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Somehow I believe this is redhat problem as I have not experienced such problems with any other distribution running on the same hardware. However, I were wondering if anyone else is having such problems or maybe has found solutions.
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Old 07-29-03, 03:37 PM   #2
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Have you tried updating your kernel, or using a stock kernel from kernel.org?

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Old 07-29-03, 03:56 PM   #3
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Oh, yes. Just compiled 2.4.20 vanilla and the problem goes on. I were able to compile 1.0-3123 drivers too, but they were no good either.

Earlier I did update to redhat's 2.4.20-19.9, which as far as I know is redhat's latest update.
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Old 07-29-03, 04:24 PM   #4
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If it's limited to RH, then it might be the Xserver snap they have. Have you tried vanilla XFree 4.3.0 or later?

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Old 07-29-03, 06:27 PM   #5
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I have had exactly the same problem here and I found out that if I reboot the computer WITHOUT my tv-out cable plugged-in, it doesn't hang up when I exit X.

If I plug it back in, any attempt to exit X results in a complete lock up.
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Old 07-29-03, 06:45 PM   #6
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Interesting. What's your vbios revision?

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Old 07-29-03, 08:00 PM   #7
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Hey,

Just thought I'd mention other specs as well to help you out.

Athlon XP 2000+
512 megs DDR-333 (crucial)
Asus A7N8X-DLX
Asus Geforce4-Ti4200 AGP8X

vbios version 4.28.20.05.00
128 megs memory

I can run UT2003 at 1280x1024x32 for hours without crashing.. system is pretty stable. If I boot with tv-out cable plugged in and start X, even ctrl-alt-f1 will hard lock the computer. ctrl-alt-backspace too as well as a normal log off. It's been doing that for as long as I remember (a year?) with all drivers I've tried. I've tried RH back to version 8 and right now I'm under Gentoo 1.4.

It's not too bad since unplugging the cable is only a minor problem but if you guys could work something out .. it would be great
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Old 07-30-03, 03:44 AM   #8
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OK, I tried booting with the tv-out -cable plugged off, and surprisingly, the problem has disappeared!

I earlier told having used different distributions with same hardware. Come to think of it, that is not exactly true. I used to have a Geforce4 Ti4200 with 4xAGP but it broke. From the store they gave me this 8xAGP in exchange. I'm pretty sure I haven't run RH9 with that older card.

Interesting, have we found a bug hiding in the drivers?
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Old 07-30-03, 05:01 AM   #9
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I have had exactly the same problem here and I found out that if I reboot the computer WITHOUT my tv-out cable plugged-in, it doesn't hang up when I exit X.

If I plug it back in, any attempt to exit X results in a complete lock up.
I also get problems (garbled black&white screen) when e.g. trying to shut down the PC.

Disconnecting the TV-out cable, solves it for me also.

I have a NForce motherboard (MSI K7N420Pro) and I am using the built-in graphics.

I am using Mandrake 9.1.

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Old 07-30-03, 10:30 AM   #10
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Can anyone reproduce this problem at NVIDIA?
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It seems to be a GF4 Ti4200 problem only, and there have been some topics on this problem here..
here for example.
I have the same problem (GF4 Ti4200 on Epox 8k3a+) and I've tried just about all the 4xxx and 3xxx drivers...same result.
(also on 2.4.x AND 2.6-test kernels)

I also have a DVI interface on my card, and I have to set IgnoreDisplayDevices "TV,DFP" in my XF86config, or X will freeze even if I disable tv-out (twinview).
I've read somewhere it's some sort of timing problem with the different displays, and it was classified as a nvidia driver bug (not linux or hardware bug).

Maybe some Nvidia developper could shed some light on the matter and give some sort of bug solving status.
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Old 07-30-03, 01:32 PM   #12
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Is there any way to update the video bios if that could solve the problem? Or can this be fixed in a driver update?
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