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Old 03-16-04, 05:55 AM   #1
andefeldt
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Default Black screen with kernel-2.6.4

Hi,

My system is Fedora Core 1, kernel 2.6.4, G-Force 3 Ti 200.
NVIDIA driver: NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run

I just got a G-Force 3 Ti 200 from my brother (his old card). I used to have a G-Force 2 DDR in my machine, which worked perfect with Linux and the NVidia drivers. But with the new card I have problems..

I deinstalled the drivers when I plugged in the new card and then reinstalled them again (after I upgraded my kernel).

I changed XF86Config to use the nvidia driver instead og the nv and removed the dri module. When I try to open X (from reboot, startx from runlevel 3 or anything else) I just get a black screen and my computer freezes! I tried uninstalled the driver again and then reinstalling again, no luck. During the install I get the following message from the installer:

module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.

I can't get anything from log files (/var/log/XFree86.0.log). There's only things listed from the original 2.4.21 kernel.

When my machine boots, I noticed that neither the agpgart, sis-agp (my agp-controller) or nvidia modules are loaded! But I tried this manually from runlevel 3 and then startx, which still just gave me a freeze and a black screen.

What am I doing wrong? What am I missing?

My modprobe.conf reads (a lot but these two lines are of interest):

alias char-major-226 sis-agp
alias char-major-195* nvidia

My XF86Config is here:

# XFree86 4 configuration created by redhat-config-xfree86

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"
EndSection

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
#
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "dk"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "C1996PNST/NS"
DisplaySize 360 270
HorizSync 30.0 - 96.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 160.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 3 (generic)"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection



I hope that someone can help me with this one. Right now I'm just using the standard nv driver, so I have no GLX or anything :-(
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Old 03-16-04, 01:35 PM   #2
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No one?

I've seen so many of you with success stories. Isn't there someone who knows what's wrong?

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Old 03-16-04, 01:39 PM   #3
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Me again.

I just tried (using the nv driver since it's all I can use) checking out /proc/drivers/nvidia after I did modprobe nvidia (and sis-agp and agpgart) and I get this:

/proc/drivers/nvidia/agp/status:
Status: Disabled

/proc/driver/nvidia/agp/card
Fast Writes: Not Supported
SBA: Not Supported
AGP Rates: 4x 2x 1x
Registers: 0x1f000007:0x00000000

/proc/driver/nvidia/agp/host-bridge
Host Bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 735 Host
Fast Writes: Not Supported
SBA: Supported
AGP Rates: 4x 2x 1x
Registers: 0x1f000207:0x00000004

/proc/driver/nvidia/version
NVRM version: NVIDIA Linux x86 NVIDIA Kernel Module 1.0-5336 Wed Jan 14 18:29:26 PST 2004
GCC version: gcc version 3.3.2 20031022 (Red Hat Linux 3.3.2-1)

/proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0
Model: GeForce3 Ti 200
IRQ: 5
Video BIOS: ??.??.??.??.??
Card Type: AGP


Does this help anybody?

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Old 03-16-04, 06:17 PM   #4
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I'm afraid I don't have an answer, but I do have the EXACT same problem.

Only difference is that I'm on FC2 test1, kernel 2.6.3, and a geforce4 ti 4400.
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Old 03-17-04, 04:39 AM   #5
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see this thread for more info.
It is a problem with 4kstack being enabled in the kernel
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Old 03-17-04, 05:03 AM   #6
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4kstack?

Where did you get that from? Not the redhat page (I can't find it). And where do you find 4kstack in the kernelconfig?

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Old 03-17-04, 05:11 AM   #7
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It is mentioned here.
I hope you find this information usefull, but I don't have much knowledge about it either.
There is another thread about this on this forum as well.
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Old 03-17-04, 06:13 AM   #8
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Ok thankx.

Seems like we just have to wait for a new NVidia release?!

But, does anyone know if the nvidia module loads itself when XFree86 needs it? And what about all the different agp modules? What to do? Use sis-agp (my controller)? plain agpgart? no agp? NvAGP? Or what?

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Old 03-24-04, 08:00 AM   #9
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Default Re: Black screen with kernel-2.6.4

I had the same problem (System-freeze on X startup)
I solved it by adding the line
Option "NvAgp" "1"
to my SCREEN section.
You may also try commenting out the hole Section "DRI". I don't know if that is necessary, but I did it in my XF86Config-4 and everything works.
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Old 03-24-04, 08:10 AM   #10
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And your kernel is configured with 4KSTACKS?
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Old 03-24-04, 08:25 AM   #11
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Hm, I don't know what that is. I am very new to Linux, I migrated from Windows a week ago and until today I am very confident with it. I'm using Debian and a 2.4 Kernel.
My tip was only supposed to be a suggestion. Maybe it works also on RedHat-Machines. Dunno
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Old 03-24-04, 08:33 AM   #12
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Yes, thank you very much for the suggestion.
The problem I am having is that the nvidia driver doesn't work with the kernel that is in fedora core development. The reason is that the nvidia driver doesn't support 4KSTACKS yet if I understand everything correctly.
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