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Old 11-10-03, 08:32 AM   #1
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Unhappy Xfree crashes!

Im having a problem with the latest Nvidia Linux drivers and my GeForce4 card.

It all works good until I try to either enter the console with "ctrl-alt-f1" or kill X with "ctrl-alt-backspace" or simply exit X the normal way using the logout functionallity.

I am not using any framebuffers as far as I know.

My card is a: GeForce4 Ti4800 SE

Im running Debian Woody 3.0 with the 2.4.18 kernel.

The Version of my XFree86 is 4.2

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Old 11-10-03, 05:59 PM   #2
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Does X manage to output anything useful into the log before dieing?

/var/log/XFree86.0.log

Check the output of 'dmesg' for anything regarding the AGP bus or your vid card.
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Old 11-11-03, 04:54 AM   #3
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Default Nope :-(

Can't find anything that seem relevant in the logs.. It works perfectly without any crashes until I try to go back to the console.

Then the screen goes black and the system just hangs.

Most frustrating since this is causing so that I can never unmount the filesystem. So they are not being treated all to well from all this :-(

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Old 11-11-03, 04:57 AM   #4
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A grep:ing the output of dmesg for 'agp' gives this:

agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 690M
agpgart: Detected Via Apollo Pro KT266 chipset
agpgart: AGP aperture is 64M @ 0xe8000000

And a grep for 'nivida' gave this:
0: nvidia: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 nvidia.o Kernel Module 1.0-4496 Wed Jul 16 19:03:09 PDT 2003

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Old 11-11-03, 04:40 PM   #5
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A more complete version number for X? Searching for issues related to that release version is very helpful.

/usr/X11R6/bin/X -version

and which XFree86 release packages you have installed (don't know deb package system to help with determining that)
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Old 11-11-03, 05:19 PM   #6
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The version Xfree is 4.2.1. (perhaps I should try upgrading to 4.3?)

I upgraded the kernel to 2.4.22.

I've got the NvAGP setting set to (2) AGPGART.

The AGPGART is compiled into the kernel with support for VIA KA266 and Nvidia's AGP support built in.

I've tried running it directly of the NVAGP support and it gives me the same problem :-(

While IN X it works perfectly. As I wrote above. No problems at all. It's just when I try to exit the XFree system that it goes down.

I've got the RenderAccel option activated, but this shouldn't have anything to do with it right? Since it works perfectly while I have the X-Server running!

Which packages I have installed I do no t remeber :-( But the most basic ones such as font-packages, the main server packages (the XFree86-server) etc.

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Old 11-11-03, 07:27 PM   #7
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You may want to try NvAGP "1" since the Nvidia drivers provide support for the Via KT266.

You would have to recompile the kernel and exclude AGPGART or preferably build AGPGART as modules.

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Old 11-11-03, 10:25 PM   #8
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If I were working at it myself I would upgrade to X 4.3.0, probably from debian unstable (make sure and get their newest one, there was a recent bug with non-tls libs I guess), and then compile the agpgart modules rather than built in.

Do you have a framebuffer console running? I would work only with textmode consoles also until it is resolved.

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Old 11-12-03, 02:28 AM   #9
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Hmmm,

Im not running the framebuffer (Signed as experimental in the kernel setup?).

Also, I have tried to run using the NvAGP setting set to 1 but with the same results :-(

I havn't managed to compile AGPGART as a module though, it gives me error when I try to modprobe it? Or should I avoid doing that?

As it is now, the AGPGART modules supports all the old chipsets (including VIA, which I got) and also Nvidia's built in AGP support.

So it has to be something that happens when I try to exit XFree and go back to the console. So I'll upgrade to XFree 2.3.0 and hope for the best. Seems like the best thing to do right now. :-)

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Old 11-12-03, 07:50 AM   #10
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Got the same problem, but only when the Option "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP" is used in the XF86Config (if I dont use it X doesn't understand what monitor I use and all I get is a black screen), I don't get this problems if I use the VGA och TV outputs instead of DVI.
Got the same problem in Redhat 9, Slackware 9.1 and Gentoo 1.4 and I tried different versions of the Nvidia driver.
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Old 11-13-03, 02:19 AM   #11
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Problem solved... for now...

Unplugging the tv-out cable at bootup fixes the problem. It's sad that Nvidia seems to have given up on us and not fixes this problem which must be in their driver.

Thanks for all your help people! :-)

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