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Old 08-23-03, 03:00 AM   #1
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Default Trouble installing GeForce4 MX 440-SE on RH9

Hi all,

I'm running RH9 release of Linux with kernel version 2.4.20-8. The system is a dual-pentium II with 128MB RAM. I recently purchased a GeForce4 MX 440-SE (by Apollo) and installed the linux drivers (version 1.0-5596) using the 'nvidia-installer' utility. Everything compiled and installed without errors. The only problem is that whenever the system tries to load X Windows (XFree86 v4.3), it hangs on a black screen.

Neither the XFree86.0.log nor the syslog files show any errors. Furthermore, there are no errors reported on the screen. The only weird thing I've noticed is that if I try to manually load the nvidia module with insmod, I get the following message:


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nvidia_drv.o: The module you are trying to load (nvidia_drv.o) is compiled with a gcc
version 2 compiler, while the kernel you are running is compiled with
a gcc version 3 compiler. This is known to not work.
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However, when I check the version of gcc and the compiler used to build the kernel, I get:


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[root@ipXX-XX-XX-XX drivers]# cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.4.20-8smp (bhcompile@porky.devel.redhat.com) (gcc version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)) #1 SMP Thu Mar 13 17:45:54 EST 2003

[root@ipXX-XX-XX-XX drivers]# gcc -v
Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc-lib/i386-redhat-linux/3.2.2/specs
Configured with: ../configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man --infodir=/usr/share/info --enable-shared --enable-threads=posix --disable-checking --with-system-zlib --enable-__cxa_atexit --host=i386-redhat-linux
Thread model: posix
gcc version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)
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So it appears that the 2 compiler versions are exactly the same. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what may be wrong or what further tests I can run? I appreciate any help offered.

Thanks.


P.S. My XF86Config file is attached.
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Old 08-23-03, 07:23 AM   #2
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Try loading a newer kernal (I'm using 2.4.20-20) with the src for it and run the nvidia installer. Mine had to actually compile a new kernal for it to work, which it did on it's own. Also, try putting 'load "v4l"' into your XF86Config. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-23-03, 05:22 PM   #3
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It didn't work. I'm now running on kernel v2.4.20-20 and the nvidia-installer compiled a new kernel interface, but I still have the same problem (even with load 'v4l'). Actually, I found that using the 'nv' doesn't help much either - it freezes while beginning to display the XFree86 login screen.

Maybe it's a problem with the BIOS setup or the card itself? Is there anyway to test this?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 08-23-03, 08:26 PM   #4
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extract the tarball from the installer (--help will tell you how), unpack the kernel-tarball, read the Readme and the Makefile. AFAIKThere was a comment about this behaviour and how to solve it properly.
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Old 08-24-03, 06:14 AM   #5
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extract the tarball from the installer (--help will tell you how), unpack the kernel-tarball, read the Readme and the Makefile. AFAIKThere was a comment about this behaviour and how to solve it properly.
Hmmm...I looked through the readme several times, but couldn't find anything related to this problem. I tried the fixes to the problems that seemed similar, but nothing has worked so far. Can you possibly give me a section number or approximately where in the readme I should look? Thanks - I appreciate your help.

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Old 08-24-03, 01:36 PM   #6
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Look into the Makefile in the Nvidia_kernel....tar.gz

gcc-check, Line 121
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Old 08-25-03, 02:46 PM   #7
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Thanks for everyone's help, but it pretty much seems that there's some kind of hardward conflict between the card and my M/B. The main reason I think so is this behavior:

X Windows will only start using the generic 'vesa' and only the FIRST time after CMOS is cleared and BIOS re-configured. If I log out of X and restart, I get only black-screen hang-ups again.

Anyway, I got a slightly higher version of the 440-SE card (with 128MB DDR) and everything installed ridiculously easy, so I'm ok now. But just for future reference here's my motherboard and chipset info:

Motherboard: Supermicro P6DLS, Dual PII
Chipset: Intel 440LX
Graphics Card: Apollo GeForce4 MX 440-SE 64MB SDR

Thanks again.

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