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Old 06-21-03, 07:14 AM   #1
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Default nForce driver 1.0-0261 causing slowness

The new nForce driver 1.0-0261 has a serious bug that, at least on my computer, causes the system to slow down a lot when doing something network-related.

For example, loading a page with Mozilla is extremely slow, and during that time, mouse cursor hardly moves, and the system acts very slowly. After loading the page is done, the system regains the normal speed.

The bug seems to be somehow related to the amount of memory on-board. With 256 MB memory, the bug is not very noticeable. With 512 MB or 768 MB the system becomes very slow.

The nForce driver 1.0-0256 does not have this bug, it is in fact working great.

System information:
Asus A7N266-VM motherboard
256MB, 512MB or 256MB+512MB memory
RedHat 9 (tested with kernels 2.4.20-13.9 and 2.4.20-18.9).
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Old 06-21-03, 05:37 PM   #2
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Default I had the same, so I went back the older driver

On my MSI K7N420 Pro m/b and Mandrake 9.1 I got the same problems and I finally had to uninstall the new driver and go back to 1.0-0256 which has worked fine.

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Old 06-22-03, 10:13 PM   #3
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Default same also?

I'm not sure if it's the same thing, but in going from an xp1600/kt7a to xp2600/8rda, my gf3ti500 has become vastly slower for 2d desktop stuff, e.g. moving windows, resizing them, flipping workspaces etc.
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Old 10-07-03, 10:08 AM   #4
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I have exactly the same problem, nforce motherboard, Duron 1300 processor, 512MB DDR RAM. Under RedHat 9 kernel 2.4.20-20 I get pauses of up to 20s when accessing the network through the nvnet driver. It makes ssh over the local LAN [100Mbit] feel like a very bad modem connection.

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Old 10-07-03, 10:16 PM   #5
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I am also experiencing the same problems. New install of Debian.

261 source build of NVNet

Has anyone found a solution for this? What do I lose by backing off to an older driver?
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Old 10-08-03, 01:36 AM   #6
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And if we EVER have a mod show up, this thread should probably be moved into the other linux forum.
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Old 01-02-04, 07:19 AM   #7
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Had the same problem, but thanks to this forum I wil go back
to older nforce driver version.

My setup - RH 9, Abit NF-7 motherboard, 512 MB RAM, with kernel
upgraded to 2.4.20-27.9.

Has someone posted a bug report ?

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Old 01-02-04, 11:23 AM   #8
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Well, the only way I could get the performance back under Fedora Core 1 was to add the line 'options nvnet optimization=1' to /etc/modules.conf

This made the system smooth as silk. BUT I had lockups within 5 minutes of bootup every time, and often could not even get the system to boot at all.

As for the older driver version, I think the only difference is the lack of nvgart drivers in the 256 set. The dates etc for files in the 261 nvnet driver folder is the same as that in the older 256 versions:

From 261 nvnet.c

#define DRIVER_NAME "nvnet"
#define DRIVER_VERSION "1.0.5"
#define DRIVER_RELEASE_DATE "March 24, 2003"

From 256 nvnet.c

#define DRIVER_NAME "nvnet"
#define DRIVER_VERSION "1.0.5"
#define DRIVER_RELEASE_DATE "March 24, 2003"

I had the same issues with the older driver as with the new one, but though I did a 'make uninstall' for the new driver before adding the older one instead I have not tried a fresh install of Fedora ONLY using the nvnet drivers.

Feel free to try the 'options nvnet optimization=1' line but try it with care!

I found the only way to boot Fedora after this was to disable the ethernet card in the BIOS.

I have reported this issue to the nforce-bugs nVidia e-mail address. Others should also do this so they know it is a big problem!



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