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Old 08-30-03, 02:23 AM   #1
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Unhappy nvidia noob ... no X windows :(

Hi All

As stated I am a noob when it comes to nvidia cards running under Xwindows.

I have perused a large number of previous posts and have checked everything I could find mentioned therein to try and fix problem myself but to no avail

Details:

System: Athlon 1100 w 512 MB RAM
nv card: geforce4 MX440-8x
distro: SourceMage
kernel: 2.4.22-rc1

I am running the standard XF86Config that was generated by Xfree tools.
I changed driver from nv to nvidia and added NvAgp "3" dri is off and glx is on.
I am using 4496 driver.

Problem:

Whenever I type startx I get some garbage in bottom right corner of a black screen. The ONLY key combination I can get to work is ctrl-alt-delete which reboots my pc.

Please let me know if any extra information is required as I would like to get this fixed as I turned away from my ATI card due to all the raves I kept hearing about nvidia in linux.

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Old 08-30-03, 04:07 AM   #2
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Try adding the logfile, as mentioned in the please read this first thread.
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Old 09-03-03, 09:41 AM   #3
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Default ctrl-alt-bs?

did you try control-alt-backspace? this is supposed to kill the X server unconditionally.

also, do 'startx 2>&1 | tee /tmp/logfile | less' and this will give you a logfile to submit, as well as a scrollable history of the X error. good luck.
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Old 09-06-03, 06:38 AM   #4
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I will update this post with the required logfiles as soon as my PC is back up.

It is in getting repairs at the moment (

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Old 09-19-03, 10:20 AM   #5
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Default About time!!

Sorry this took so long.
My video card fan packed it in and have only just replaced it

I have attached my config file and the output from:

startx 2>&1 | tee logfile

Please let me know if any other information required?


hmmmmmm ... it would appear I can only attach one file at a time...
will second one in next post

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Old 09-19-03, 10:21 AM   #6
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Default Config file

As promised earlier

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Old 09-20-03, 03:27 AM   #7
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There's a number of common error sources that may render a system more or less unreliable in combination with the NVIDIA driver; the most frequent causes of instant lockups upon starting the X server are the presence of the vesafb/rivafb drivers and AGP related difficulties. You should check if you're using a Linux framebuffer device and disable it if you do; it's also a good idea to disable AGP to see if the problem is related to the current AGP configuration. If neither fixes your problem, there's some other things you can try (disabling UP I/O APIC support, if present, disabling ACPI, ...).
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Old 09-21-03, 02:57 AM   #8
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Default Some success

okay ... switched off the agp (nvagp = 0) and now I can startx )

I tried running glxgears and glxinfo but get an error for both (not sure
if this is related to switching agp off?)

Error for glxinfo:

couldn't find RGB GLX visual

Then it draws a table and directly after is Segmentation fault.

Error for glxgears:

couldn't get an RGB, Double-buffered visual

Suggestions on next stepping stone are appreciated

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Old 09-21-03, 05:10 AM   #9
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If you're still using the same XFree86 configuration file you posted earlier, you'll need to uncomment the Load "glx" line to enable the NVIDIA GLX extension.
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Old 09-22-03, 05:24 AM   #10
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Should have said I had already tried that.

Have tried with both dri and glx enabled.

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Old 09-30-03, 06:54 AM   #11
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Howdy all

I hope I have not mislead anyone that my woes were over

I still am unable to get my card to run and was just wondering
if anyone had had anymore suggestions for me?

I appear to be able to get into X if I switch the agp off.

Waiting to hear from someone

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Old 10-01-03, 12:45 AM   #12
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Default Re: Doh

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Originally posted by grail
Should have said I had already tried that.

Have tried with both dri and glx enabled.

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DRI must be off and GLX must be enabled.

I could also be blind, but I can't see where you selected the "nvidia" driver in your XF86Config file. There should be a line that looks like this:

driver "nvidia"
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