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Old 10-15-03, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Troubles with nvidia driver on Linux.

Hi for everybody.

I have big truoble to get nvidia-linux-x86-1.0.4496 driver runing. I am using Mandrake Linux 9.0 and XFree86 v 4.3.0. I have install it from nvidia-linux-x86-1.0-4496.pkg2.run. Instalation proces was succesfully done without any errors in nvidia-install.log. When i try to strat x-server with common nv driver, everything is working well, but when i try to change driver according instruction inside readme file, x-server starts but everything, what i can see is text screen filed with characters. I can not restart computer and also a can't leave x server. I can only use reset button on the case of my PC. If i try to push CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE, computer is going down quickly and after rebooting Linux is chceking disc because it was uncleanly unmounted.
I already tried to set nvidia driver to don't use AGP or use NVAGP but i had still the same problem. In XFree86.0.log is everithnig without errors but x-server don't want works. In attached zip file, there are my config file and also XFree86.0.log file.
Thanks in advance.

Jozo.

My configuration is :
CPU - Athlon XP 2000
Chipset - SiS 745
GFX - Exair GEFORCE 4 MX 440 8x
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Old 10-20-03, 08:32 AM   #2
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Try disabling both ACPI and or APM at boot for the kernel. This is done with kernel options on the command line passed by your boot loader.

acpi=off

Code:
title Fedora Core (2.4.22-1.2088.nptl)
        root (hd1,4)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2088.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi rhgb vga=10 acpi=off
        initrd /initrd-2.4.22-1.2088.nptl.img
The nvidia readme mentions these somewhere in the appendices I believe, you may want to read about kernel command line parameters a litle bit.
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Old 10-26-03, 02:03 AM   #3
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Thnaks for your help

I tried to disable both. Acpi and also apm, but result is still the same. Now i will try to use some another combination of these options. If do you have some idea where can be a problem, pleasse tell me.

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Old 10-26-03, 04:31 AM   #4
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Post the contents of the following files (use multiple posts):

The output of dmesg
/var/log/XFree86.0.log
/etc/X11/XF86Config
/etc/modules.conf
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Old 10-26-03, 08:50 AM   #5
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Hi

Files that can help you to help me are in attached zip archive .

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Old 10-26-03, 11:52 AM   #6
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I don't mean to flame you, but the problem is rather obvious.

You don't have any resolutions configured in your config file!

See this part down here:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
EndSubSection
EndSection

You haven't specified any resolutions! This section needs to say something like this:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes 1280x1024 1152x864 1024x768 800x600 640x480
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes 1280x1024 1152x864 1024x768 800x600 640x480
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes 1280x1024 1152x864 1024x768 800x600 640x480
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes 1280x1024 1152x864 1024x768 800x600 640x480
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes 1280x1024 1152x864 1024x768 800x600 640x480
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes 1280x1024 1152x864 1024x768 800x600 640x480
EndSubSection
EndSection

Add this to your XF86Config file and try again. I'm certain that this is your problem, because otherwise your system is perfectly fine.
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Hi.

I tried to do what you wrote but the result is still the same. Screen full of characters and server don't want to start. When i change driver to nv, everithing is woking well but with nvidia driver a got still the same.

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p.s. In attaced files you can see now logs.
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I'm lost. I really have no clue what's going on. Everything seems to be perfectly fine.

Try posting the output of the dmesg command.
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Manually insert the nvidia module into the kernel after booting up into runlevel 3, edit /etc/inittab to set the default runlevel after boot.

modprobe nvidia

Verify that the module inserts with only the warning about a tainted kernel.
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Hi

So i did everithing that you suggested to me. Output of dmseg is in attached archive in file dmseg.txt. There are also syslog and messages that were creates after "modprobe nvidia". I hope those file can help you to find reason of my problem. Thanks for your time.

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No clue.

Forced to assume there is:

a) buggy in agp or the mobo itself when used with nvidia drivers (nothing I know of this but it could very well be, where's Andy Mecham when you need him)
b) serious configuration issues with the machine somewhere else...

and frankly... I'm no guru so digging any deeper than this I can't really help with. If you do manage to find any more clues tho, post em and bump this thing to the top again (given an idea of somewhere to start looking we might find some info)

Sorry this hasn't gotten you any closer to working, keep at it!
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