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

Newegg Daily Deals

Thread Tools
Old 10-21-03, 07:25 PM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2
Default XFree86/nvidia not detecting: Nforce / Nvidia / XFree86 4.2.1 / Linux 2.4.23-pre7

When I first got this machine, we fiddled, and we had XFree86 running with the nvidia kernel driver. I saw the nvidia logo on boot, and all was good. As time went by, and I upgraded kernels and packages, and something broke.. at the time, I fixed it by having XFree86 use the "nv" driver - not knowing any better at the time, and it working fine for my day-to-day work. Now, however, I wish to have accelerated graphics, and I'll be damned if I can get it to work again.

My motherboard is an ASUS A7N-266VM. It comes with the GeForce2 Integrated graphics chipset. The onboard BIOS is Phoenix (Version 1003 if I recall). (Note - this does not seem to have a "PnP OS?" option) CPU is AthlonXP 2100+. I installed the nforce drivers for nvnet and used the kernel's audio driver. I didn't apply the nvgart patch to the current kernel, as it now has built in nvidia agpgart support, which I assume is compatible.

I'm running the Debian "testing" distribution, which has XFree86 4.2.1 server at this time.
My current kernel is 2.4.23-pre7, although I have tried several other kernels and seen the same or similar problems.

I'll explain the problem - backwards:

Upon running X :1 -xf86config /etc/X11/xf86config.nvidia, I receive the following output (snipped):
(--) PCI:*(2:0:0) NVidia GeForce2 Integrated rev 177, Mem @ 0xec000000/24, 0xf0000000/27, BIOS @ 0xefff0000/16
(II) MGA: driver for Matrox chipsets:...
(II) GLINT: driver for 3Dlabs chipsets:...
(II) NV: driver for NVIDIA chipsets: ...
(II) TGA: driver for Digital chipsets:...
(II) S3: driver (version 0.3.5 for S3 chipset:...
(II) S3VIRGE: driver (version 1.8.3) for S3 ViRGE chipsets:...
(II) SIS: driver for SiS chipsets:...
(II) RENDITION: rendition driver (version 4.0) for chipsets:...
(II) NEOMAGIC: Driver for Neomagic chipsets:...
(II) I740: Driver for Intel i740 chipset:...
(II) TDFX: Driver for 3dfx Banshee/Voodoo3 chipsets:...
(II) SAVAGE: driver (version 1.1.26) for S3 Savage chipsets:...
(II) CIRRUS: driver for Cirrus chipsets:...
(II) VMWARE: driver for VMware SVGA:...
(II) TSENG: driver for Tseng Labs chipsets:...
(II) TRIDENT: driver for Trident chipsets:...
(II) CHIPS: Driver for Chips and Technologies chipsets:...
(II) APM: driver for the Alliance chipsets:...
(II) FBDEV: driver for framebuffer: ...
(II) I128: driver for Number Nine I128 chipsets: ...
(II) ATI: ATI driver (version 6.4.16) for chipsets:...
(II) R128: Driver for ATI Rage 128 chipsets:...
(II) RADEON: Driver for ATI Radeon chipsets:...
(II) I810: Driver for Intel i810 chipset:...
(II) IMSTT: driver (version 1.0.0 for IMS TwinTurbo chipsets :...
(II) NEWPORT: driver for Newport Graphics Card:...
(II) ARK: driver (version 0.5.0 for ARK Logic chipset:...
(II) CYRIX: driver for Cyrix MediaGX Processors:...
(II) Silicon Motion: driver (version 1.3.1) for Silicon Motion Lynx chipsets:...
(II) VESA: driver for VESA chipsets:...
(II) VGA: Generic VGA driver (version 4.0) for chipsets:...
(II) v4l driver for Video4Linux

(II) Primary Device is: PCI 02:00:0
(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

The relevent sections in xf86config.nvidia are:
Section "Module"

Section "Device"
Identifier "NVidia Integrated"
Driver "nvidia"

The only difference between a working X and a non-working X is having "nv" instead of "nvidia".

I'm a little concerned that I don't see NVIDIA driver in that list - it seems to go through everything else. But I don't know if it is meant to show this.

The nvidia kernel module has been compiled from NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg0, and loaded without errors.

I used the NVidia Installer, and it installed /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.o as well as other libraries.

lspci -v produces (snipped):
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV15 [GeForce2 - nForce GPU] (rev b1) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
Subsystem: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0c11
Flags: bus master, VGA palette snoop, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 10
Memory at ec000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
Expansion ROM at efff0000 [disabled] [size=64K]
Capabilities: <available only to root>

You'll note it says it uses IRQ 10. (It actually used to be IRQ11, but I reserved IRQ11 in the bios hoping to have the IRQs reconfigure themselves nicely). When I used 2.4.22, in lspci -v, the video card's IRQ was -19 (that's right, negative 19). Disabling ACPI (pci=noacpi or noacpi kernel argument) fixed this, but introduced instability - Linux would crash when X exited. I saw talk of 2.4.22 ACPI bugs, and saw ACPI fixes mentioned for 2.4.23-pre7, so installed that.

However, my /proc/interrupts reads:
0: 13177480 IO-APIC-edge timer
1: 78331 IO-APIC-edge keyboard
2: 0 XT-PIC cascade
8: 4 IO-APIC-edge rtc
9: 0 IO-APIC-level acpi
10: 4184 IO-APIC-level NVIDIA nForce Audio
12: 1743188 IO-APIC-edge PS/2 Mouse
14: 299144 IO-APIC-edge ide0
15: 200745231 IO-APIC-level eth0
NMI: 0
LOC: 13164713
ERR: 0
MIS: 0

I don't think /proc/interrupts lists the Nvidia graphics' card. This seems strange to me (others seem to have "nvidia" for it), and this is where I've been focusing a lot of my efforts.

I'm at a loss. I'm hoping that I've missed something obvious. Any help would be appreciated.


Last edited by rmt; 10-21-03 at 08:38 PM.
rmt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-03, 02:37 AM   #2
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2
Default The solution for the Nforce/NVIDIA/Xfree86 problem

How about that. After a week of screwing around trying to get this working, I finally succeed. It was X!

Upgrading to XFree86 (pre-release) made things work. That was all there was to it.

X 4.2 didn't work with it.

An X version about a year ago (combined with NVidia drivers of the same era) worked with it.

And now, the latest NVidia drivers & XFree86 4.3 works with it.

May this post save some other folks their hair. :-) I'll begin the arduous task of growing mine back now.

rmt is offline   Reply With Quote

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Help Installing NVIDIA Tesla M2070Q in Linux RHEL5 Ferianto85 NVIDIA Linux 0 05-18-12 08:35 PM
nvidia + 2.4.19 gentoo = messed up ulukay NVIDIA Linux 18 11-01-02 11:58 PM
X Failed to load NVdriver c00lr4c3r NVIDIA Linux 13 10-22-02 01:44 PM
Need help to get the X to work on my Acer TravelMate 630 knchee NVIDIA Linux 16 09-19-02 10:16 PM
RH7.3 and nForce - can't find the module dmw400 NVIDIA Linux 4 08-05-02 12:14 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:40 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 1998 - 2014, nV News.