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Old 03-23-04, 05:49 AM   #1
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Unhappy Slow Graphics on AMD64 with QUADRO4 980XGL


I've just installed suse9 pro on a 2cpu amd64 machine
with a rioworks rhapsody motherboard and a Quadro4 980XGL.

Everything went well with the install. I then installed the
nvidia driver 5332 which went without a problem.
The machine got rebooted and the nvidia logo screen flashed
up and all went well with the login etc.
Now, my big problem is that when I run glxgears I only get
around 3500 fps. I would have expected a lot more.
Also, I have a commercial viz code which has some performance
tests and I get nothing like the spec other people report with
this card.
I have attached the log file and my config file for anyone to cast
a smart eye over.
Any help would be very appreciated.
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Old 03-23-04, 08:01 AM   #2
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Default Re: Slow Graphics on AMD64 with QUADRO4 980XGL

I have the same prob on the Rioworks HDAMB board.
My graphics is Quadro FX3000G
The problem is that the AGP is not enabled.
Look at your /proc/drivers/nvidia/agp/status
Most likely it says DISABLED.
So the card is running ar PCI speed instead of AGP.
My $3K FX3000G is running slower than my laptop...
Have not managed to find a way to resolve this yet..

Dual Opteron 246
Rioworks HDAMB (Boxx M4.1)
64bit NVIDIA Driver 5332 (latest)
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Old 03-23-04, 09:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Slow Graphics on AMD64 with QUADRO4 980XGL

Ouch !!

I thought I had problems !
Someone out there must have an answer to this....PLEASE
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Old 03-23-04, 02:16 PM   #4
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Default Re: Slow Graphics on AMD64 with QUADRO4 980XGL

first what kernel are you guys using? and are you using nvidia agp or the kernel agpgart?

my suggestion would be to custom compile your kernel with agp and set the option in the XF86config for the nvidia drivers to use the kernel agpgart and recompile the nvidia drivers as well.
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Old 03-24-04, 04:44 AM   #5
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Can you give me some guidelines as to how to do your
suggestion ?
Also, I tried it with NvAGP set to 1,2 and 3 but with no fix.
The Kernel is 2.4.21-101-smp

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this was too big to PM you

the first thing I suggest you do is use the 2.6 kernel.
newest agp support is put in the lastest stable always
if you cant get it in a suse package. make sure you have bzip2 installed and download the latest kernel.


then go to what ever directory to extract it using the following command "bunzip2 -ck linux-2.6.4.tar.bz2 |tar xv -C /usr/src" it will extract the kernel in /usr/src under a directory called linux-2.6.4

before you go any further check this web site http://www.minion.de/ for any patches you might need for the nvidia drivers.. I will write the compile options in a few minutes on what you need to compile in the kernel

run "lspci" in a different terminal from the make menuconfig to make a note of the hardware to have so you only compile the needed drivers. most drivers dont say the brand name of the hardware they say the chip number and type you will be picking that out from the driver list.

if you haven't done so go into the linux kernel directory.

run "make menuconfig"

first option
Code maturity level options-->> select it. with the enter key.

put an * (by pressing the spacebar) in Prompt for development and/or incomplete code/drivers

the rest should auto selected

press the right arrow it should select exit and bring you back to the main menu you can always use the right arrow to view the help item of something your selecting

skip "General setup"
choose Loadable module support everything should have an * except "Module versioning support" its not needed
exit back to main menu

choose "Processor type and features " Processor family should be changed to Opteron/Athlon64/Hammer/K8 (selecting things is done by using the spacebar)
Symmetric multi-processing support should be selected in your case

Preemptible Kernel
/dev/cpu/*/msr - Model-specific register support
/dev/cpu/*/cpuid - CPU information support
High Memory Support ( set to to 4GB if you have 1GB-4GB of memory)
Allocate 3rd-level pagetables from highmem
MTRR (Memory Type Range Register) support

using "BIOS Enhanced Disk Drive calls determine boot disk" is your choice. however, its not needed.
exit back to main menu

Power management options (ACPI, APM)
you really dont need to use any PM option but lets say you do. enable power managment support
go into ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) Support
look through the options using hte help on each to dettermine if you want to use any of them. then select them and exit until you reach the main menu.

go to Bus options (PCI, PCMCIA, EISA, MCA, ISA)

just leave everything alone and just make sure Legacy /proc/pci interface in checked and exit back to the main menu

skip Executable file formats

go to " Device Drivers" (this is where agp and the like are set.)
nothing really needs to be changed till you get to block device support even then its optional
if you want to use your kernel as a boot kernel in the future for rescue cds or an boot install kernel ( I use these options because I boot my own custom kernel when doing linux live cds and installs)
Loopback device support
RAM disk support
Initial RAM disk (initrd) support
Support for Large Block Devices

exit to device drivers

if your using IDE hard drives( Sata is in the scsi section)
go into ATA/ATAPI/MFM/RLL support
Enhanced IDE/MFM/RLL disk/cdrom/tape/floppy support
include IDE/ATA-2 DISK support
Include IDE/ATAPI CDROM support
generic/default IDE chipset support

note SCSI emulation support is no longer needed for ide cd/dvd burners

exit to device drivers

if you have scsi or Sata
go into "SCSI device support"
legacy /proc/scsi/ support
SCSI disk support
SCSI CDROM support
SCSI generic support
all scsi and sata drivers are located under
SCSI low-level drivers
select the one you need reffer to the lspci command for that
main back device drivers
skip Old CD-ROM drivers (not SCSI, not IDE)
skip Multi-device support (RAID and LVM ( unless your using raid select the correct raid type for that or all if you unsure)
skip Fusion MPT device support
skip IEEE 1394 (FireWire) support ( unlesss you have firewire)
skip I2O device support
skip Macintosh device drivers

go into Networking support
Networking support

Networking options
Packet socket
Unix domain sockets

TCP/IP networking
IP: multicasting
IP: kernel level autoconfiguration
IP: DHCP support
there is wireless option further down hte list otherwise exit back to networking menu

Network device support
Ethernet ( pick the correct driver from the right section again any hardware info you need will come from lspci)

Dummy net driver support ( leave as module)

if your using a modem or dsl with PPPoe select
PPP (point-to-point protocol) support
PPP Deflate compression (NEW)
PPP BSD-Compress compression (NEW)
PPP over Ethernet (EXPERIMENTAL) (NEW)
read through the other PPP to see if you need them

once done exit back to device drivers
skip ISDN subsystem
skip Telephony Support
go into
Input device support
check anything like ps2 mouse you might need
exit to main menu
go into Character devices
Enhanced Real Time Clock Support
/dev/agpgart (AGP Support)
for you it will be
AMD Opteron/Athlon64 on-CPU GART support
Hangcheck timer

exit to device drivers

I2C support
Misc devices
Multimedia devices
Graphics support

go into sound ( if you want it)
Sound card support
Open Sound System
select the right sound driver and exit out to device drivers

then go into USB support

OHCI HCD support
USB Human Interface Device (full HID) support
HID input layer support

exit to the main menu and

go into File systems
Second extended fs support
Reiserfs support ( if needed)
if you use a quota system sekect it
CD-ROM/DVD Filesystems
select everything under this section
DOS/FAT/NT Filesystems
if you have an ntfs enable read support but not write it only supports overwritting files of the same size.
exit to main menu then press ESC and save your config.

now run "make clean"
then "make bzImage" (you must match the case thats an upper case i)
it will take 3 to 5 minutes to compile.
then run "make modules"
then "make modules_install"
if you have a backup entry in your boot loader copy the kernel (bzImage located into arch/x86_64/bzImage) to you back up spot and then run lilo or grub. if you are using lilo and did not make a backup entry use the commands "man lilo.conf and "man lilo" to see how

you will not be able to get into X untill after you recompile you nvidia drivers so you need to make sure you patched the drivers correctly if needed) once you've rebooted go into /usr/src and run "ls -l" and linux which directory "linux" is pointing to to remove the sym link "rm -f linux" it will not delete any files then run "ln -s linux-2.6.4 linux" a new sym link should point linux to linux-2.6.4

you config file is saved as .config under the kernel directory (ie /usr/src/linux/.config) which you can copy over to /usr/src/linux-.2.6.5 when it comes out so you dont have to manually select the options again when you run make menuconfig with that kernel.
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Old 03-26-04, 06:06 PM   #7
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my .config it doesn't have smp enabled

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