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Old 10-08-04, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Please help, my card just suddenly slowed down... alot

As per the sticky thread, I'll include various information regarding my card and system:

driver version : 1.0-6111
distribution : that's complicated, but i'm using an LFS 5.0 based system...

[frozen@frozen ~]$ cat /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0
Model: GeForce FX 5900XT Gainward
IRQ: 10
Video BIOS: 04.35.20.27.00
Card Type: AGP

processor : AMD althon 2100 +
motherboard model (especially if you're having lockups) : epox 8rda+

Some more info:

[frozen@frozen ~]$ uname -r
2.6.8.1
[frozen@frozen ~]$ cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/*
Fast Writes: Supported
SBA: Supported
AGP Rates: 8x 4x
Registers: 0x1f000e1b:0x1f004302
Host Bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (different version?)
Fast Writes: Supported
SBA: Supported
AGP Rates: 8x 4x
Registers: 0x1f00421b:0x00000302
Status: Enabled
Driver: AGPGART
AGP Rate: 8x
Fast Writes: Disabled
SBA: Enabled

I've also included my x configuration file, and my two log files.

So, now that I've got my information posted, what exactly am I experiencing? Well, a few days ago, all was fine. (I'm sure this has been said alot)

Anyway, yesterday I came back to my dorm and my computer was off. I usually leave it on all the time. My guess is that it was turned off via the power supply. I had to disconnect all power, and reconnect just to get it to boot again. Suffice to say, it's booted and mostly working great. I didn't notice any problems at first.

It wasn't until I started playing Enemy Territory that I noticed horrible FPS. At first I thought, maybe I'm overheating or something (that's never happened) or maybe a lag spike of some kind. I tried different servers, same problem. So I ran some tests, comparing with information I had from a few months ago.

I decided then, to run glxgears and see what I got.

1280x1024, 16bpp, 75hz

Code:
1137 frames in 5.0 seconds = 227.400 FPS
1169 frames in 5.0 seconds = 233.800 FPS
1176 frames in 5.0 seconds = 235.200 FPS
And from a few months ago...

1280x1024, 16bpp, 75hz

Code:
4306 frames in 5.0 seconds = 861.200 FPS
4307 frames in 5.0 seconds = 861.400 FPS
4338 frames in 5.0 seconds = 867.600 FPS
4710 frames in 5.0 seconds = 942.000 FPS
4304 frames in 5.0 seconds = 860.800 FPS
As you may notice, a dramatic reduction. My next thought was: Alright, so my speeds are lower. What are they now and why? So I grabbed the cvs of NVClock, compiled, and executed.

Code:
[frozen@frozen ~/nvclock/src]$ ./nvclock -i
NVClock v0.7

-- General info --
Card:           nVidia GeforceFX 5900XT
PCI id:         0x332
GPU speed:      250.714 MHz
Bustype:        AGP

-- Memory info --
Amount:         128 MB
Type:           256 bit DDR
Speed:          501.428 MHz

-- AGP info --
Status:         Enabled
Rate:           8X
AGP rates:      4X 8X 
Fast Writes:    Disabled
SBA:            Enabled
My old results:

Code:
[frozen@home ~/srcs/nvclock/src]$ ./nvclock -i
NVClock v0.7

-- General info --
Card:           nVidia GeforceFX 5900XT
PCI id:         0x332
GPU speed:      300.857 MHz
Bustype:        AGP

-- Memory info --
Amount:         128 MB
Type:           256 bit DDR
Speed:          702.000 MHz
NVClock allows me the ability to change my speed settings, which I tried to do. I reset them to 702 and 300 respectively. Doing this caused gliphs on the screen and other various problems. I also noted that on reboot, the speeds were not saved.

I'm not sure what to do now. I can think of 3 solutions: 1) flash the card, somehow, so it knows its speeds and such. 2) Maybe it's a voltage issue? Increase the voltage? 3) Contact Gainward for a replacement (that means i'd be left without a card for a few weeks, eg, no display...)
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Old 10-08-04, 02:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Please help, my card just suddenly slowed down... alot

It does sound like your card is borked. I'd flash it just to see if it fixes it.
BTW why are you using AGPGART?
NvAGP is considerably faster on nforce2 systems.
Let me know if you need a BIOS.
My Second PC has a Gainward Geforce FX5900. Which in fact is a 5900 GPU on an XT PCB with the POS Hynix 2.8ns memory clocked at 700mhz.
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Old 10-08-04, 04:19 PM   #3
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Default Re: Please help, my card just suddenly slowed down... alot

What settings would I change to use NvAGP over AGPGART? Is it just Option "NVAGP" "1" in the x config file?

So you suggest flashing it to see if it'll fix it? Yeah, I'll need a bios.. think the Gainward site would have one? I've never flashed my video card's bios before (never needed to), so a nice tutorial site would be nice. Perhaps there's a post on this forum? I'll search a bit too.

Hopefully it does fix it. I really don't want to have to RMA this. For sure, that would certainly fix it, but, I'd be out of commission for a few weeks.

Thanks.
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Old 10-08-04, 04:37 PM   #4
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Default Re: Please help, my card just suddenly slowed down... alot

If your card is still in warranty it may be best not to re-flash it.
Only flash it if you have nothing to loose.
Ok to use NvAGP add this to your devices section of xorg.conf/XF86Config.
Code:
Option "NvAGP" "1"
Make sure to not load the AGPGART module. If you have it built statically into the kernel re-compile removing AGPGART support.
If IIRC there are several threads in this forum describing howto flash these cards.
Also There is a web page which has all the Gainward BIOS'es I just cant remeber where...
I think it was ftp.gainward.com but does not accept anon anymore anyhow try at http://www.mvktech.net/
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Old 10-08-04, 06:11 PM   #5
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Default Re: Please help, my card just suddenly slowed down... alot

Do you have the external power cable hooked up, because I'm getting glxgears speeds of 6000 or more on my GeForce FX 5900 XT.
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Old 10-08-04, 06:43 PM   #6
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Yes, my card is still in warranty. It's only a few months old.

I'll add that option to my x configuration file, and ensure that AGPGART isn't being loaded.

Yes, my external power connector is hooked into the board. Those speeds you are getting, is that at full screen, or just a small window? The FPS readings I displayed are at full screen, 1280x1024
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