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Old 02-20-04, 01:14 AM   #1
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Unhappy Suse 9.0 nVidia driver problem

Hello,

I am a Linux newbie and I have a problem with the nVidia driver on my Suse Linux. After installing the distribution, and the nVidia driver v. 1.0-4496 everything worked fine for some time, but about a week ago I was no longer able to start X with my 'regular' (non-root) account. I was still able to start it by logging in as root and then typing 'startx'. I could only fix this problem by setting up a new user on my machine. But two days ago, I had the same problem again...typing 'startx' just brings up the nvidia logo, and then reverts to the command-line. I wouldn't really want to create a new user again, and transferring all my settings there, and the idea of running X as root isn't appealing either...what can be done?
I have also tried the newest nVidia driver, 5336, same result...X only runs as root.
Here is my configuration:
AMD Athlon 950 Mhz processor
K7VAZ(S)-B2 motherboard
Suse Linux 9.0, kernel version 2.4.21-166-athlon
XFree86 version 4.3.0.1
XProtocol version 11, whatever that is
nVidia Riva TNT2 M64 video card

I have attached my XF86Config file and the log file. Any help would be greatly appreciated...Thanks.
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Old 02-20-04, 01:17 AM   #2
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It seems I can't attach zip files....I am attaching the log/config files now.
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Old 02-20-04, 01:18 AM   #3
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And this is the log file...
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Old 02-20-04, 01:32 AM   #4
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There was one time I had that - only root could use X. Turned out the filesystem had no space free.
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Old 02-20-04, 01:44 AM   #5
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Well, thanks, I didn't think of that, it might be a good idea. I'll check as soon as I get home. However, if I create a new user, I can start X for that user...I just hate the idea of creating a new user every two weeks or so, whenever X decides it's time not to start up anymore...
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Old 02-21-04, 02:18 PM   #6
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i've had the same problem. this happened to me twice. u can solve it by replacing all the files (not the dirs) in your home dir, with the equivalent files of another user. that will get your window manager running again. let me know if it works.
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Old 02-23-04, 01:19 AM   #7
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Thanks p0g0, I'll remember that. But having all the week-end at my disposal, I just took the time and reinstalled SuSE. Of course, not before trying to install KDE 3.2 from rpm-s and messing up everything

However, it all works ok now and I'm still in love with Suse Linux.
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Old 02-23-04, 07:05 AM   #8
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that's good - me2 . the best part is that i even got counter-strike, wolfenstein and ut04 running.
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