Go Back   nV News Forums > Linux Support Forums > NVIDIA FreeBSD

Newegg Daily Deals

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-04-11, 04:07 PM   #1
indepthsi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 4
Angry [EDIT: DO NOT BUY OPTIMUS ENABLED CARDS](260.19.44 or 270.30) GT525M 8.2RELEASE fails

[Edit: See original problem below]

after user adam asked if it was optimus enabled card ... I glanced over at the linux forums and stumbled upon (2) threads outlining/detailing NVIDIA's lack of support for Optimus on Linux ... which means *of course* ... FreeBSD is SOL ... is really sh*tty b/c I've purchased 14 laptops over the 7 years and ALL of them ALWAYS required an NVIDIA GPU (b/c of the FreeBSD support) ... guess that's a thing of the past now. .

So long from a long time supporter NVIDIA ... now to con Dell into taking this now PoS laptop back!


[original post]
Hi all,

Not sure if this is where this should be reported or if I can obtained assistance here.

I've been using NVIDIA cards on FreeBSD for ages now (which is why I continue to purchase NVIDIA) ... this is the first time I've ever had something like this occur.

Have a new DellXPSL502X with a GT525M nvidia card running 8.2 release.

Whether I load driver 260.19.44 or 270.30 ... as soon as I startx (or use kdm - or anything X related) ... the laptop immediately reboots to the bios screen.

I have confirmed that this is not an issue when using the VESA driver ... everything works fine (just not accelerated etc).

I've google'd a ton and haven't found anyone reporting this issue or any suggestions on things I could try to resolve/troubleshoot the issue.

Any assistance and/or direction would be greatly appreciated ... as this machine is too nice to continue to be a VESA paperwait. :/

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by indepthsi; 04-08-11 at 12:23 PM.
indepthsi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-11, 11:13 AM   #2
rnejdl
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 96
Default Re: Laptop Reboots when startX (260.19.44 or 270.30) GT525M 8.2RELEASE

First guess would be you are running a 32 bit kernel with 4GB of memory. Have you tried the 64bit OS or put this in /boot/loader.conf:

machdep.disable_mtrrs="1"

Rusty Nejdl
http://networking.ringofsaturn.com
rnejdl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-11, 06:04 PM   #3
indepthsi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 4
Default Re: Laptop Reboots when startX (260.19.44 or 270.30) GT525M 8.2RELEASE

Quote:
Originally Posted by rnejdl View Post
First guess would be you are running a 32 bit kernel with 4GB of memory. Have you tried the 64bit OS or put this in /boot/loader.conf:

machdep.disable_mtrrs="1"

Rusty Nejdl
http://networking.ringofsaturn.com
I should have clarified that ... I've tried both 32bit (i386) and 64bit (amd64) ... both with no luck ... however ... not amd64 with that loader.conf setting.

I will definitely give that a shot and report back.

Thanks a bunch for your reply!
indepthsi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-11, 07:32 PM   #4
indepthsi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 4
Default Re: Laptop Reboots when startX (260.19.44 or 270.30) GT525M 8.2RELEASE

Quote:
Originally Posted by rnejdl View Post
First guess would be you are running a 32 bit kernel with 4GB of memory. Have you tried the 64bit OS or put this in /boot/loader.conf:

machdep.disable_mtrrs="1"

Rusty Nejdl
http://networking.ringofsaturn.com
Hey really appreciate your suggestion ... unfortunately that's a no go ... on both i386/x86_64 ... :/

But again thanks for the suggestion!
indepthsi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-11, 08:28 AM   #5
rnejdl
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 96
Default Re: Laptop Reboots when startX (260.19.44 or 270.30) GT525M 8.2RELEASE

My apologies for not being clear. The machdep flag is used in 32bit only. In 64 bit you don't need it. I haven't seen any system freezes in 64 bit for a long time, though. Are you able to capture any sort of debugging when it crashes?

Rusty Nejdl
http://networking.ringofsaturn.com
rnejdl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-11, 06:49 AM   #6
adamk75
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 228
Default Re: Laptop Reboots when startX (260.19.44 or 270.30) GT525M 8.2RELEASE

Is this an Optimus enabled laptop?

Adam
adamk75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-11, 09:14 AM   #7
indepthsi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 4
Default Re: Laptop Reboots when startX (260.19.44 or 270.30) GT525M 8.2RELEASE

Quote:
Originally Posted by rnejdl View Post
My apologies for not being clear. The machdep flag is used in 32bit only. In 64 bit you don't need it. I haven't seen any system freezes in 64 bit for a long time, though. Are you able to capture any sort of debugging when it crashes?

Rusty Nejdl
http://networking.ringofsaturn.com
No ... the machine immediately reboots to the bios loading screen ...

fsck is required on startup ... and /etc/X11/xorg.conf and /var/log/Xorg.0.log get wiped out ... and nothing relavent appears in dmesg or /var/log/messages. Really crummy in terms of getting any useful error messages ... :/

Quote:
Originally Posted by adamk75 View Post
Is this an Optimus enabled laptop?

Adam
Yes it is ...



Also .. some more information ... I've tested this on Linux (Fedora14) as well and get a similar result .. it doesn't reboot ... but the system immediately becomes unusable ... freezes (*literally completely unresponsive*) ... kernel is 2.6.34.8-63_x86_64 if anyone is concerned.

In windows (*of course*) ... everything appears to work just fine ... :/ ... if you're into that sorta thing.


Also, the laptop has an integrated video (Sandy Beach PoS intel card) ... currently I have this running Fedora since the updated linux kernels support KMS/GEM ... while FreeBSD does not :/ .... *sigh*.

Hope this additional information may bring resolution.

Thanks again for your responses and suggestions.
indepthsi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-11, 12:56 PM   #8
adamk75
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 228
Default Re: Laptop Reboots when startX (260.19.44 or 270.30) GT525M 8.2RELEASE

Quote:
Originally Posted by indepthsi View Post
Yes it is ...
Unfortunately you are up that proverbial creek without a paddle. Unless the BIOS provides an option to disable the on-board GPU and use the nvidia card exclusively (which is an option most Optimus laptops don't have since it defeats the purpose of Optimus) you can not use the nvidia drivers. Optimus configurations are only supported on Windows.

Adam
adamk75 is offline   Reply With Quote

Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 1998 - 2014, nV News.