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Old 03-16-05, 03:30 AM   #49
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Default Re: nVidia Linux Driver support for mobile video cards (Geforce* Go)...

Well, yesterday evening I have tried to downgrade the BIOS to A09 and then to A10 and in each case I have tried the 6111 and the 7167 drivers but this didn't help either. I really don't know what to do! The only solution would be to dump the video BIOS and send it together with a bug report.
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Old 03-18-05, 03:38 PM   #50
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Default Re: nVidia Linux Driver support for mobile video cards (Geforce* Go)...

On my HP zv5410US, none of the nvidia modules work. Using kernel 2.6.11 or 10 or 9 and 7167 X just comes up with a blank screen. Ctrl-Alt-Bks works though. Looking through the X log, it shows nearly every single resolution as out of range for H or V sync. Only 1024x768 and lower show as working. But this is a wide screen, and none of the "default" acceptible resolutions work.

Now, the nv driver will at least get me a screen, but it's a virtual one. 1024x768 extends beyond the bottom, but at least it works. Now, as for the detection, it's plain wrong. It shows Horizontal Refresh rates as between 29 and 49 Khz, and vertical between 0 and 60 Hz.

According to HP, the rates should be:
H: 31.5-70Khz
V: 40-60Hz

I tried using the NVReg_SoftEDIDS and Mobile options, but they did not work. Downgrading to 6111 will not work with kernels 2.6.10 or 11 and don't work right in 9.

Not sure where to go here. I'm not too unhappy since at least I got the wireless networking going!

But this video business is frustrating. On the desktop, 7167 works like a charm.
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Old 03-18-05, 04:26 PM   #51
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pete4nv: You should try to see whether the Xorg nv driver works, grab a modeline with xvidtune and store it in the Monitor section of your xorg.conf.

All: Finally, I have discovered a little trick that I described here to make the drivers work somehow.
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Old 03-18-05, 04:55 PM   #52
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Well, now I'm posting with 1.6111, 2.6.11-ck2 but without GLX

What I did:

- Compile the kernel without AGP support and with the ck2 patch
- Use the following patch: http://ck.kolivas.org/patches/2.6/2....1-1132076.diff
- Use this one too: http://unixforge.org/~matthias-chris...-1.0-6111.diff

I get a compile time error, but it can be fixed (by removing the AGPGART defines, and setting the nv-agp.c without AGP code).

But with glx enabled, X won't start...
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Old 03-19-05, 11:29 AM   #53
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Hmmm... Not going to read the entire thread but I've been having the same problems ever since the 5.x series drivers were released... Can't say that I've really tried the newer 6.x drivers... In my case, trying to start X, I get the black screen. I have an Inspiron 4100 w/ Geforce2 GO 32mb...

On a side note, suggesting that Geforce2 GO cards are "OLD" and thereby dismissing the problem is almost laugable. Your suggesting that all these people buy new laptops? Because, yes, they are integrated with the motherboard. I spent 1700 dollars on this thing 3 years ago and I'm not going to dish out another 2k just to have a laptop where the drivers will work.(If they work)

I'm not sure why Nvidia hasn't fixed the problem and quite frankly, it irritates the hell out of me. Nvidia won't even support laptops in the slightest when it comes to windows. I suppose we are lucky they do in Linux, albeit somewhat loosely...

Anyway, the nvidia driver causes a kernel oops on "older" geforce cards resulting in you having to clamp down on the power button. 4620 and below aren't plagued with this problem. If your running a 2.6 kernel, minion.de has some modified 4.x drivers on their site.

If you want to see a bad mood, try running outdated nvidia drivers for 2 years or so because Nvidia doesn't care enough to fix the problem... Thats a bad mood...
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Old 03-19-05, 11:56 AM   #54
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jong0357: have you tried to use the 6111 dvirers? They were the ones I have the bigger success (a kind of speaking).
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Old 03-19-05, 03:01 PM   #55
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I'll give it a try. I tried so many drivers, I just gave up... Thanks tho... I'm currently fighting with my Desktops FX 5200 to display on my TV.... These Linux drivers in general have ALOT of catching up to do with the Windows ones...
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Old 03-19-05, 05:41 PM   #56
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Testing 2.6.12-RC1 just for the fun of it outa boredom today..
looking at the changelog there are a lot of references to AGPGART in it

http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kern...Log-2.6.12-rc1

who knows maybe someone screwed up really bad in the kernel since theres all those fixes im seeing lets just hope this works..
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Old 03-21-05, 09:38 AM   #57
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Default Re: nVidia Linux Driver support for mobile video cards (Geforce* Go)...

i had the same problem on my Dell inspiron 2650 but i downgrad to BIOS A02 and now nvida works and don't freeze when i switch from X11 to the console.

Mandrake 10.1 + nvidia 7167 + bios A02 + xorg.conf(AlxMAX)
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Old 03-21-05, 10:44 AM   #58
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I got it working on an HP zv5410us. It has a 15.4" screen and uses the nVidia Geforce4 440 GO processor. I wrote a HOWTO specifically for it, but you MAY be able to adapt it to other machines. Good luck. HTH

http://www.peterhyman.com/dl/HPLaptop-nVidia-HOWTO
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Old 03-22-05, 08:04 AM   #59
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louxy.luck A02 BIOS? My God! But if you have the curiosity to read the fixes A03 brings, you will notice:

Quote:
Fixes and Enhancements
1. Modified LCD panel timings
2. Modified LCD panel table
I wonder if those changes may be the cause...
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Old 03-22-05, 09:52 AM   #60
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ok,
i made a mistake
i use the mandrake 10.1 + nvidia (mandrake) 6111 + bios A02 + xorg.conf(AlxMAX)
i don't know what kind of trouble bios A0x (x>2) fixed but this is working so ..
I tried to used to disinstall nvidia 6111 from mandrake :
urpme nvidia nvidia-kernel-2.6.8.1-12mdk
and
install 6111 but the compiliation failed (PM_SAVE_STATE)
and
install one of 6629 or 7167 but startx make a blank screen
So i have to stay with 6111 from mandrake
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