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Old 05-28-04, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default Mandrake and FX5900XT troubles.

I have big problems getting my FX5900XT to work under several flavors of Mandrake. I tried Madrake 9.0, 9.1, 9.2 and 10.

When i install Mandrake the card just woks fine under the "nv" drivers. Then i decided to play a game that needed the GL drivers. So i downloades the latest NVIDIA linux drivers. The installation worked fine so i edited the X config files and started up x. All i got was a black screen and a few blue and mixed coloured lines at the bottom of the screen.

I tried older drivers, changing NvAGP to several settings, add option IgnoreDisplayDevices etc. but nothing worked.

So i tryed some different cards.
The next cards dont give any problems:
GeForce4 MX440
GeForce4 Ti4200
GeForce FX5200
And this cards just wont work:
GeForce FX5700
GeForce FX5900XT

I have a Jetway V400ADBL (a KT400 based motherboard) and a AMD XP2400+. And all the cards work just fine with WindowsXP.

I do not longer own the first three cards, so i have to find out how to get that FX5900XT will work. Now my question:

Has anybody got the FX5900XT or FX5700 to work with nvidia drivers under Mandrake in the above configuration? If so - can he/she give a description how to do this? I am a relative newbee on Linux - so try to keep it a bit simple please. I think there are more people around here that would be helped with a simple how-to-do-it.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-29-04, 04:14 AM   #2
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Hi I have the 5700Q nvidia card running with Mandrake 10 final, I have the asus A7V133 mainboard and a athlon 1800+
So far I have been able to get 3D to work using the nvidia driver, but it only works if agp is disabled, if i enable agp the X server locks and i lose keyboard.
I am hoping a future driver release will fix what ever is broken
I am running the default 2.6 kernel that shipped with mandrake 2.6.3
I have tried the 2.4 kernel as well and seems to suffer the same problems
So at present I still can play my games but the performance is slightly below my old card which was GF2 ti 200
I found that if I have "NvAGP" "1" set in my XF86Config-4 file then it must try to override the via-agp and fails to load the NvAGP module and as such the card runs with AGP disabled.
I dont know if this has been helpfull or not. But the card is workable under mandrake in a fashion.
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Old 05-29-04, 05:12 AM   #3
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Default Re: Mandrake and FX5900XT troubles.

Hmm... I don't mind if the card is working a bit slow. I assume NVIDIA will come up with a solution in the next driver. For now i would be happy if i can use 3D to work with.

I am just beginnig to use Linux, so forgive me if i ask a stupid question: How do you disable the agp? I know it must be in the documentation somewere, but there is such a lot of documentation i am afraid i lost track somewhere.

Do you mean i have to use the "NvAGP" "1" setting in XF86Config-4? I did allready try this, but no result.

I can see your motherboard is using the KT133A chipset. Mine has the KT400. Could that be the problem?

Thanks for the help!
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Old 05-30-04, 10:55 AM   #4
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here is part of my XF86Config-4 file

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "en_US"
Option "XkbOptions" ""

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Plug'n Play"
ModelName "IBM 6546 G52"
HorizSync 30-69
VertRefresh 50-120

# Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?
# 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync
ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -vsync

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
Option "NvAGP" "1"

If I leave out the "NvAGP" "1" setting it loads the via-agp and Xserver crashes almost immediately.
I think in modules.preload is where the via-agp is referenced will comment it out and change my XF86Config-4 file see if it boots with agp disabled.
It seems the cards work fine so long as AGP is disable
performance isnt what it should be for this card but this is what i get with glxgears

[kernel_panic@zuess kernel_panic]$ glxgears
9413 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1882.600 FPS
10035 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2007.000 FPS
10110 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2022.000 FPS
9609 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1921.800 FPS
X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).
[kernel_panic@zuess kernel_panic]$

I have successfully got glxgears to run briefly with agp enabled @ 4400 in glxgears but it crashes when i go to copy output from console.
From what I have been reading it seems that its an issue with the Asus boards running the via stuff.
I also seem to have a lot of references to the pci badness in my kernel log file.
As for disabling agp, the options for it are NvAGP 0 or NvAGP 1 or NvAGP 3 too tired too look up what each one does, my suggestion is to have your system set not to boot into xserver until you find which setting disables agp.
Will a have play with my system and report back ofter ive had some sleep
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