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Old 07-10-04, 06:42 AM   #1
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Default Debian and Nvidia install troubles

Hey all,

Have spent a few hours browesing this forum and google on the problem I have, but after progressing so far, have now come to a stand still. I am running Debian testing kernel 2.6.6-1-K7 on an AMD 1800+ with a TNT2 card. All was ok but wanted to get nvidia installed and working.

I have downloaded (via apt-get):
nvidia-kernel-common
nividia-glx
nvidia-kernel-2.4.26-1-k7
nvidia-kernel-source

I then ran nvidia's latest installer from a command line, ran the command 'startx' and was presented with a GUI logon. However during the instal I did recieve the error that there was a clash as my kernel had been configured for 'rivafb'.
On rebooting the computer it didnt go into GUI mode, just straight to the console. Typing 'startx' there were a few errors, which was fixed by removing the 'GLcore' and 'dir' entry in my XF86free.conf file and adding 'nvidia' as opposed to 'nv' and ensured that 'Load "glx"' was included.

However when I rebooted the computer, I still recieved the same result as no GUI logon, only I dont get any errors in my XF86free log, only this:

Caught signal 8. Error exiting (or someting)

Thats it, no (EE) symbols anywhere in the log. If I go through and install the nvidia driver again (sh Nvidia-Linux-.....run) I am then able to 'startx'. However every time I reboot, I can only successfully run startx if I again run the Nvidia script.
I have tried 'lsmod' to see if the 'rivafb' thing is overriding my nvidia setting on startup, but lsmod returns no hint of the entry, nor is it in the module.conf file.

Any help much appreciated.


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Old 07-10-04, 08:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Debian and Nvidia install troubles

are you sure you actually removed "dri" and "GLcore" from your XF86Config in the modules section? did you replaced nv with nvidia in the driver section? Also as long as you don't use the module rivafb there is no problem with the nvidia driver...
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Old 07-10-04, 08:34 AM   #3
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Positive. As below (XF86Config-4):

### BEGIN DEBCONF SECTION
# XF86Config-4 (XFree86 server configuration file) generated by dexconf, the
# Debian X Configuration tool, using values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the XF86Config-4 manual page.
# (Type "man XF86Config-4" at the shell prompt.)
#
# If you want your changes to this file preserved by dexconf, only make changes
# before the "### BEGIN DEBCONF SECTION" line above, and/or after the
# "### END DEBCONF SECTION" line below.
#
# To change things within the debconf section, run the command:
# dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
# as root. Also see "How do I add custom sections to a dexconf-generated
# XF86Config or XF86Config-4 file?" in /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.gz.

Section "Files"
FontPath "unix/:7100" # local font server
# if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"
EndSection

Section "Module"

Load "bitmap"
Load "dbe"
Load "ddc"

Load "extmod"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx"
Load "int10"
Load "pex5"
Load "record"
Load "speedo"
Load "type1"
Load "vbe"
Load "xie"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "CoreKeyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
Driver "nvidia"
# Option "NvAGP" "3"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic Monitor"
HorizSync 30-100
VertRefresh 50-160
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Card"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
InputDevice "Generic Mouse"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection

### END DEBCONF SECTION




And lsmod:

Module Size Used by
nvidia 4819604 12
af_packet 22408 0
sg 38624 0
sr_mod 17828 0
ide_cd 43140 0
cdrom 39968 2 sr_mod,ide_cd
ipv6 252320 8
nfs 190976 1
nls_cp437 5760 8
vfat 14656 4
fat 46592 1 vfat
dm_mod 45152 0
capability 4164 0
commoncap 7232 1 capability
psmouse 20104 0
8139too 25984 0
mii 5184 1 8139too
crc32 4352 1 8139too
cpuid 2560 0
smbfs 69112 0
nfsd 197280 8
exportfs 6464 1 nfsd
lockd 64456 3 nfs,nfsd
sunrpc 143688 5 nfs,nfsd,lockd
mousedev 10068 3
agpgart 33960 0
nbd 18976 0
usbkbd 7424 0
usbcore 107292 2 usbkbd
rtc 12664 0
ext3 125672 1
jbd 61208 1 ext3
mbcache 9220 1 ext3
ide_disk 19776 8
ide_generic 1472 0
via82cxxx 14236 1
ide_core 148512 4 ide_cd,ide_disk,ide_generic,via82cxxx
sd_mod 21568 0
ata_piix 7940 0
libata 41856 1 ata_piix,[permanent]
scsi_mod 121868 4 sg,sr_mod,sd_mod,libata
unix 28528 322
font 8448 0
cfbcopyarea 3776 0
cfbimgblt 3072 0
cfbfillrect 3712 0


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Old 07-10-04, 09:05 AM   #4
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Is the nvidia module loaded directly after reboot? (or was lsmod run while it was actually working?)
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Old 07-10-04, 09:33 AM   #5
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the nividia module is there (lsmod) both before and after it works. I ran lsmod directly after rebooting and finding I couldnt run 'startx'. I then ran the nvidia.....sh, and then again ran lsmod to find the list unchanged. I was hoping that maybe the module 'rivafb' was being loaded on boot up conflicting with 'nvidia' module. But I can find no evidence of anything changing after running the nvidia...sh.
The module 'nvidia. is always there, and the 'rivafb' I can find no eveidence of.

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Old 07-10-04, 04:51 PM   #6
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i am having the same problem with the new driver 6101....
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Old 07-10-04, 08:02 PM   #7
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Utanja,

are you upgrading from a previous working nvidia driver version?? If so (seeing that you mentioned you are having the same problems) I might try the same process but with an older nvidia.run package from nvidia's site. If I can pin point it down to that I would be very happy, although you are the first I have seen that on the countless hours of Googling I have found with the same problem.

utanja, did you use apt-get in getting the various .deb files associated with the nvidia packages?
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Old 07-10-04, 08:22 PM   #8
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i upgrade from 5330.....used the NV....run package....not the deb files...

i am using debian unstable with 2.4.6 -1-686 kernel....
i am surprise that nobody else has this problem...
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Old 07-11-04, 04:59 PM   #9
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No problems with new 61.06 drivers on Debian AMD64 or 32 bit Debian unstable (kernel 2.6.7).
For this time I used the nVidia install, but had to remove the Debian nVidia packages/deb's first.
So I think you should use the Debian nVidia install (exactly) as described at:

http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debi...tallation.html

or use the nVidia script, but don't use both.
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Old 07-14-04, 06:18 AM   #10
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Well that did the trick, uninstalled the .deb files associated with nvidia and now the settings hold on boot up (after having to run the NVIDIA....sh script one more time). The only problem I get now is that launching a 3d game causes the screen both during the game and after, to not fit in the whole desktop. Moving the mouse to the edge of th screen causes tracking accroiss the desktop, much like moving a magnifying glass over a document. Resetting the resolution (ALT CTRL +/-) causes the resolution to go back to what it should be (not during the game though!).

Thanks all!.
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Old 07-14-04, 02:45 PM   #11
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That just seems like the game isn't restoring the original resolution when you exit it. I'm using the latest nvidia drivers on Debian/Sid and Quake3, Chromiun BSU and Unreal Tournament exit fine and restore me back to my 1920x1200 Probably better off reporting that to the game developers. Or living with it, whichever.
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I am at same point here.. Start a 3d game and my window gets oversized and game never starts. presss ctrl-alt-minus a few times to get it back to normal. Run glxgears and get this error.

Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Error: couldn't get an RGB, Double-buffered visual

Previously running 5336 with no problems. Any suggestions here?
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