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Old 10-01-04, 07:08 PM   #1
wendell
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Default quadro4+dell != Xserver

I cannot get the X server to start. Here is what I've tried
so far (in addition to searching the forums and threads):

redhat-config-xfree86

This produced an XFree86 file (with nv drivers), which allowed X to start
as usual. The log file is attached as nv-XFree86.0.log.txt.

I then edited the XFree86 and changed 'nv' to 'nvidia', and X doesn't start
(attached log file as nvidia-XFree86.0.log.txt).
The last item in the log file is

(II) NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "1024x768"

The screen is blank, and ctrl-alt-backspace does nothing. Any suggestions?

(I know I still need to edit the config file for TwinView options, but
shouldn't I be able to at lease get one screen going?)

Wendell

--------------------------system details
- your video card
Quadro 4

- your driver version
1.0-6111

- your distribution
Fedora Core release 1 (Yarrow)
Linux newsouth.adsi-m4.com 2.4.22-1.2199.nptlsmp #1 SMP Wed Aug 4 11:48:29 EDT 2004 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

- your video bios revision (look in /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0 while X is running)
cat /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0
Model: Quadro NVS
IRQ: 16
Video BIOS: 04.17.00.47.14
Card Type: PCI

- your processor
Intel Pentium 4 2.90 GHz

- your motherboard model (especially if you're having lockups)
Dell PowerEdge 400SC
Bios Rev A06
Attached Files
File Type: txt nv-XFree86.0.log.txt (48.5 KB, 172 views)
File Type: txt nvidia-XFree86.0.log.txt (44.9 KB, 148 views)
File Type: txt XF86Config.txt (3.8 KB, 116 views)
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Old 10-04-04, 02:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: quadro4+dell != Xserver

I have a Quadro4 NVS 400 that works under Red Hat Linux 9 and Fedora Core 2, so you can make it work with up to 4 displays (if you have the Y-adapter cables).

Untested and off the top of my head but this should work:

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Multihead layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
Screen 1 "Screen1" RightOf "Screen0"
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"
Option "Xinerama" "off"
EndSection

Since you appear to have your setup as a CRT (i.e. VGA connector, not DVI) connected to port 1 and a CRT (or VGA cable) connected to port 2 of your video card:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA Quadro 4 (generic)"
BusID "PCI:3:0:0"
Screen 0
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard1"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard Vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA Quadro 4 (generic)"
BusID "PCI:3:4:0"
Screen 0
EndSection

If there are modues loading issues it may be delayed, wait up to 1 minute before doing a Ctrl-Alt-Backspace.
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Old 10-04-04, 04:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: quadro4+dell != Xserver

Thanks, but still nojoy. Could you post your XF86config so that I
could compare it with mine?
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Old 10-04-04, 04:41 PM   #4
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Default Re: quadro4+dell != Xserver

Aha! It turned out to be an smp thing. Using the nvidia driver on
kernel-2.4.22-1.2199.nptl
works, but on
kernel-smp-2.4.22-1.2199.nptl
does not, so let me reformulate my question:

1) Does anyone have the nvidia driver working on an smp kernel?

2) Should I even care that smp is turned off?

Wendell
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Old 10-04-04, 06:00 PM   #5
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Default Re: quadro4+dell != Xserver

My system is using the Fedora Core 2 (and was using Red Hat 9) SMP (and nptl) kernels from Red Hat. So you should be able to make it work. I don't have the time to install Fedora Core 1 on it, but I suspect it should not be an issue.

You will loose very little (<1% typically, no more than 4% I believe) in speed if you are stop using a SMP kernel on a single CPU box that has a Pentium 4 with Hyper-threading. If you have more than one CPU then they can be a major slowdown compared to its potential (send me the 2nd CPU if you are feeling guilty).

So if you have only one CPU in the system, then you have a working and acceptable solution.
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