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Old 04-27-04, 07:27 PM   #1
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Hi! ........... I'm running Fedora Core 2 (test 3) with kernel 2.6.5-1.327.i686, i downloaded the file "NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run" from nvidia.com and run the installer with "./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run" all modules was compiled without warnings, errors or strange messages, and "nvidia" module load successfully (i have module-init-tools 3.0); in my /etc/x11/xf86config file i add a "#" to comment "Load dri" and i changed the driver from "nv" to "nvidia"... but when i try "startx" or "gdm" the system goes to frozen black screen and nothing respond anymore ..... looking in this forum I have found several suggestions but none works.... oh!.. my videocard is a NVIDIA TNT2 (AGP).... I need help , please ....

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Old 04-28-04, 11:36 AM   #2
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I'm experiencing exactly the same problem :
when I type startx from console, the machine is under hardware lockup for five long minutes, not even answering to network (ssh, etc...), then the nvidia splashscreen appears, and everything works OK.

I am running the 2.6.5-gentoo-r1 kernel, with a "01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV20 [GeForce3 Ti 500] (rev a3)" graphics card, and have the following options in /etc/X11/XF86Config :

Load "glx"
# Load "dri"

Identifier "GeForce3 Ti500"
#Driver "nv"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "NvAGP" "1"
#VideoRam 65536

I have also disabled AGPGART (/dev/agpgart) support in kernel because it caused errors in `dmesg`, but it didn't solve the problem.

I was running FreeBSD before, with nvidia drivers version 4365, and had no problem.
I tried under Linux 2.4.25 and Linux 2.6.5, with nvidia drivers version 4496-r3 and 5336-r2, in vain...
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Old 04-30-04, 03:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: Can't start startx/gdm (black screen) in fedora-redhat

Ok, write those lines in your XF86config-4 in the section device

Driver "nvidia"
Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP, TV"

Normaly it will work. I found this Solution in this forum and i would like to thank the man that found this solution. but i don't remembre his name.
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