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Old 03-06-04, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default Fedora Devel kernel 2.6.3-2.1.240

It seems the latest round of kernels in Fedora Devel (Rawhide) do not work with the NVIDIA driver. When X starts, the screen turns black, and X locks up. (ctrl-alt-backspace nor ctrl-alt-delete works, not sure if the kernel locks, haven't been able to test network.)

Of course, Red Hat isn't capable of fixing problems with the NVIDIA driver, so I figured it'd be best to bring it up here.

Anyone using Fedora Devel should downgrade their kernel to kernel-2.6.3-1.118 or so. (A normal setup will still usually have older kernels installed, just pick a different kernel during the Grub bootup sequence. You can edit /etc/grub.conf and change the default parameter to the kernel entry you want to boot with.)
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Old 03-07-04, 05:24 AM   #2
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Confirm - same problem here. Nothing useful in any of the logs, afaik.
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Old 03-07-04, 09:38 AM   #3
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Confirming same problem with -smp kernels.

The last lines of /var/log/XFree86.0.log were:

(II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU detected as: GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X
(--) NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 04.18.20.15.00
(--) NVIDIA(0): VideoRAM: 65536 kBytes
(II) NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s): CRT-0


with kernel 2.6.3-1.118smp the log continues after this point with:

(--) NVIDIA(0): Detected TV Encoder: NVIDIA
(--) NVIDIA(0): Display device CRT-0: maximum pixel clock at 8 bpp: 350 MHz
(--) NVIDIA(0): Display device CRT-0: maximum pixel clock at 16 bpp: 350 MHz
(--) NVIDIA(0): Display device CRT-0: maximum pixel clock at 32 bpp: 350 MHz
(II) Loading sub module "ddc"
(II) LoadModule: "ddc"


So something related to the TV Encoder perhaps?
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Old 03-07-04, 12:54 PM   #4
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the newest driver (5336) has got a compatibilty fix for kernel 2.6 you should at least use that one.
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Old 03-07-04, 01:32 PM   #5
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Obviously I'm using the latest driver (5336), or it wouldn't be working at all, now, would it? ;-) It is specifically the latest few Fedora 2.6 kernels that are having problems, not any of the earlier (several days old or older) kernels.
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Ditto. I'm also using 5336.
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Old 03-07-04, 07:15 PM   #7
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Same experience. Nothing in the log files that suggests any problems. Rolled back to 118 which works fine.

Posted this as a bug to bugzilla and promptly got it smacked under the Red Hat "NVIDIA makes our head hurt so go away" generic catch all bug.

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla...g.cgi?id=73733
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Old 03-11-04, 01:01 PM   #8
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Thumbs down still broken in kernel-2.6.3-2.1.253

Is anyone at NV looking into this?

Is more information needed?

Why not release the driver code under GPL so that Redhat and the OS community can help!
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Old 03-11-04, 01:09 PM   #9
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Originally posted by ellson
Is anyone at NV looking into this?

Is more information needed?
The problem is very much likely all the patches put into recent Fedora kernels like 4G memory split and so on.

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Why not release the driver code under GPL so that Redhat and the OS community can help!
They can't. Much of the code contains patented algorithms they don't own or code produced by third parties. Welcome to reality.
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