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Old 03-09-04, 12:29 PM   #37
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See, that is the thing.
Some people want to view TV and use the console. This seems not to work with current drivers even though it worked in the past.
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Old 03-09-04, 11:55 PM   #38
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What about trying XFree 4.4? Would that possibly fix the prob?
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Old 03-10-04, 10:42 AM   #39
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some new results. Using the 5xxx driver I have the following behaviour:

Using the following XFConfig section I have no garbeled console and twinview. The downside is that it is quite unstable. I had three killed xservers in two days.

Section "Device"
BoardName "GeForce4 Ti 4200"
BusID "1:0:0"
Driver "nvidia"
Identifier "Device[0]"
VendorName "NVidia"
Option "DPMS" "on"
Option "NvAGP" "3" # try 2 than 1
# Option "DigitalVibrance" "128"
Option "NoLogo" "on"
Option "TwinView" "on"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-57"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "50-90"
Option "TVStandard" "PAL-B"
Option "MetaModes" "1280x1024,NULL; 800x600,800x600"
# Option "MetaModes" "1024x768,NULL; NULL,800x600; NULL,625x468; NULL,640x480"
Option "TVOverScan" "0.1"
# Option "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP, TV"
# Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "TV"
Screen 0

If you comment out the TwinView section you have no twin view (of course) but garbeled text consoles and (happy news) no crashes.

Who sayed that it is a Bios problem?
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Old 03-18-04, 06:42 PM   #40
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Facing the facts, there are four dozen posts regarding the same subject.

Those posts come from, at least, a half dozen people, each one with their own hardware around the world. Saying that the systems manufacturers don't know how to put a chip and a bios to work, as slightly suggested by the moderator sounds to me, exclusively to me, like it's something roten in the chipset manufacter's kingdom.

How can all of those bios work for all this time and, suddenly, all of their owners find out that they are broken, on despite of chipset type, bios data and manufacturer?

Well, we're not here to throw speculations out to the void.
Let the nvidia staff do what they know.
But lets hope that they also really pay atention in what their customers say.
Here I guess we have a problem for them to solve, or at least, to give us a better explanation...
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Old 03-19-04, 01:30 PM   #41
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I am working as a SW engineer since five years and I have seen similar problems a dozent times.

The symptoms are always the same: At least two programmers, a lot of small errors and old errors keep appearing over and over again.

Cause of this is a highly complex code which no-one really understands any more. Because of this every change has to be very small to break as much as possible.
But there is no real bug left, all the issues are caused by the SW architecture which no one dares to change.

Solution to this problem is a so called refactoring where the code is cleaned up. I have done this myself a number of times. If done right you get rid of all the strange behaviours and problems, while at the same time reducing code complexety and size.
My best result was: Removing five old bugs while at the same time reducing the code size by 50% and the memory consumption by 95%. This was a 10.000 lines project
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Old 03-19-04, 02:44 PM   #42
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I can report a working TV-out, no garbled console here, using Mdk 9.2 and XFree 4.3 with a FX5200. My trick to the no grabled console is to boot in... you guessed it... non-fb mode. Sure I don't have the fancy bootsplash and my console is in low resolution, but hey, it gets the job done. The display is good enough that I can watch DVDs on my TV played on my comp, play UT2004, etc...

So, just for you, here are the relevant config infos:

append="devfs=mount splash=silent hdc=ide-scsi hdd=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hdb6 splash=silent"
append="devfs=mount hdc=ide-scsi hdd=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hdb6 splash=0"
[rest of lilo.conf here]

And XF86Config-4:
[normal stuff]
Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer
[more standard stuff]
Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "NVidia"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
Option "TwinView"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Option "TVStandard" "PAL-N"
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768,1024x768; 800x600, 800x600"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT, TV"
[and the rest untouched]

And for the record, it works fine using virtual resolutions.
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Old 03-21-04, 08:46 AM   #43
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Default scrambled consoles using MSI K7N2G

Originally Posted by peter
...I've installed NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run (without any problems). The X-Problem was gone, but I had scrambled consoles as already described in this thread.

It also helped to include the line
Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "TV"
in the Section "Device" in /etc/X11/XF86Config. I had to reboot my computer after this change.

I have an
AMD XP-2400+
K7N2G (MSI mainboard)
on-board NVIDIA nForce2 IGP
Same hardware as above running Mdk 9.2.
Scrambled consoles + frustration.
Did Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "TV" as suggested above.
No more scrambled consoles + bliss!
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Old 03-29-04, 04:15 PM   #44
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Exclamation Re: XFree 4.3 garbles text consoles

Same problem here, i'm new to nvidia (not to linux), of course i don't wanna disable tv-out, nor FB console, and i do think it's a driver's problem, not bios.

Relevant info about my PC:
-MOBO: MSI K7-Pro, whith AMD irongate chipset (I know it's old, but its the one i have)
-Proc: AMD K7-650 Mhz Slot A (again very old)
-Video: A-open GeForce 4 440 AGP 8x (my chipset only supports 2x)
-RAM: 256 PC100
-Mandrake 10 community edition (dualboot whith win XP & 98)
-Kernel 2.6.3
-Video Driver: 1.0-5336

FB works correctly before starting X11 (4.3) but when i start X11 using "nvidia" driver, I can only see garbage in console (my Screen looses FB and goes back to 80x25 whith garbage) Please fix the driver!
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Old 03-30-04, 05:39 AM   #45
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Default Re: XFree 4.3 garbles text consoles

I too have similar problems(as I posted in another thread before I noticed this one).

I've had the same problems with 3 motherboards in a row, using the same videocard(A-Bit Siluro GeForce4 Ti4400) and two different procs. All did have a VIA chipset though.

I've always been struggling to use TV-out to watch movies on my TV from my PC, and have mostly been successful after half an hour of trying and it usually means it takes at least half an hour to get it back to the state it was in before. Strange behaviour.

I don't think it's exclusively a BIOS problem since it works completely fine in Windows XP using same hardware. I can't try if the BIOS plays a role in this since there are no BIOS updates available for my card.
Proud owner of GF 6800 Ultra AGP and GF 6600 AGP
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Old 10-15-04, 07:00 AM   #46
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Default Re: XFree 4.3 garbles text consoles

System : Athlon 2600+, Viewpoint nVidia MX440 8xAGP, 1 GB DDR

Me too. I'm convinced it's the driver. No BIOS. I have been running several SuSE releases with nVidia -drivers. No problem with the TV-out shut down, plugged out etc. After install of Suse 9.1 Pro with tv-out disconnected, consoles were OK, to be immediately scrambled by plugging in the tv-out.

No real solution sofar
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Old 10-15-04, 07:51 AM   #47
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Default Re: XFree 4.3 garbles text consoles

I believe the same thing happens with ati drivers. VESA + X = unusable console.
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