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Old 04-05-05, 08:43 PM   #85
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Wow,
Out of the bad news I've experienced this past week in fiddling with these nVidia drivers I'm so glad to hear it's not just me having this issue. I'm a complete beginner with linux however I'm kind of glad these problems have happened. I can honestly say I've learned so much about linux becuase of it!

So here are my specs/problems.

I have an inspiron 2650 with a 16mb GeForce2 Go and I'm using Mandrake Linux release 10.0 official. My kernel version is 2.6.3-7mdk.

I've tapped into every single tutorial I can think of, I've read and reread the README files and yet no luck. Basically I have my system startup in text mode and everything is just dandy. I configured my XF86Config-4 and changed "nv" to "nvidia" ... uncommented the glx line exactly like it says. I've even tried to specify BoardName and BusId options to no avail.

Basically when I startx it seems as if my laptop monitor literally turns off! It seems as if my hard drive is still running and everything is fine however it just locks up?! I can't start a new session or anything and the only real cure I've found is hard resetting my machine.

Some information I've gathered among my trials have been installing the original config file WITH the nvidia drivers(the newest one possible) and running startx. Even this prompts various error messages and the only way I've gotten startx to run without any issues have been to uninstall the drivers. Aside from that ...

no luck..

Any ideas or is there even an older driver worth trying out?

Thanks!
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*EDIT* I'd also love a XF86Config-4 file if anybody has one that actually works!
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Old 04-06-05, 05:04 AM   #86
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paka: There are some strange things in any of your XF86Config-4 files. Where did you get them from? In the Monitor section you have some strange modelines. Try to comment them all. If you want a modeline for the 1024x768 resolution, try one of these:

Code:
Modeline     "1024x768" 65.00 1024 1048 1184 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
Modeline     "1024x768" 65.00 1024 1048 1696 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
Modeline     "1024x768" 64.11 1024 1080 1184 1344 768 769 772 795 -hsync +vsync
Or you can use a modeline generator like gtf or go to this site or this one. You will find some interesting things searching on Google with the modeline term.

Another thing that seemed odd to me were the Virtual 1024 768 lines in the Display subsections of the Screen section. You should use Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" instead of Virtual (and you should define some modelines for 800x600 and for 640x480 too, if the detected parameters don't work). And one more thing, that may help, is to increase the HorizSync domain in the monitor section. Try something like 31.5-60.

theMayor & paka: You can find a xorg.conf file in the attachment of this post of this thread! It has pretty much the same synthax as a XF86Config file.

kcrudup: It is obvious to me that, generally speaking, Inspiron 8200 is better than Inspiron 2650. In the case of the accelerated drivers, I think it is the BIOS that makes the difference.
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Hardware: Dell Inspiron 2650, P4M @ 1.8 GHz, chipset i845, 512 MB RAM, nVidia Geforce 2 Go with 16 MB RAM, 20 GB HDD.
Software: BIOS A10 (3.11.01.52.AB video BIOS), Fedora Core 4, Kernel 2.6.12-1.1398_FC4, Xorg 6.8.2, NVIDIA 7667 drivers.
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Old 04-07-05, 12:55 AM   #87
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Quote:
Originally Posted by theMayor
I have an inspiron 2650 with a 16mb GeForce2 Go and I'm using Mandrake Linux release 10.0 official. My kernel version is 2.6.3-7mdk.
w00t theres another, welcome to our club of inspiron 2650's running so far at least 4 or 5 different linux flavours with kernels ranging randomly around 2.6.* and random bios versions. who want to use a nvidia driver past 2611.. all with no ideas so far as far as i can tell as to how to get it to work..

(tho i forgot, has anyone gotten 2611 to work beyond 2.6.8.1, all i care about is getting up to 2.6.10 for now to fix a few other things i want to run for video software)
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Old 04-11-05, 02:42 PM   #88
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I am really getting fed up with that shi*! Sorry, but really.. getting angry, why it cannot be simplier? Why do we have to spend so much time, while we want our system to work. Maybe I am just unpatient, maybe that is a feature of linux systems.

The only one thing which helped a little bit is adding that line with Modeline using modeline generator. The resolution (screen size) changed a little bit, but still the same sh**, and still got black stripe. Found also another topic about black stripe, but those tips either do not work.

Getting really up set, cause got also some problems with mplayer.. fullscreen mode is not smooth got some strange horizontal strips. Just wasting all the evenings of my free time try to have fun with linux, and configure, but nothing helps, so how the hell can I have fun with linux, while I cannot install, configure nad lunch such basic things as nvidia driver, and movie player.. why the hell it is so trouble making.

And please.. let nobody say, that I am lazy windows user etc. I try to read key things in README/MAN files.. but it is not enough.

I go to eat some cake.. maybe this will change my mind, and make me more happier that I am at the moment about my linux.

Regards,

'Still fascinated with linux, but also exhausted'

BTW. About one thing I think a lot. If we want to reinstall our system, or help our friend with windows system, we just put CD install, install programs and everything works, everything what is needed to work we can do in one day. While having linux, lets say we need to format at reinstall system, or our friend wants us to install him a linux with movie players, etc. etc. Windows you can do in couple ours, while linux is like your small body. You need to imporve it and install, configure almost everyday, and you cannot install all needed stuff in one day. Of course, you can, but it want work, until you really configure it.

Just thinking about bad day in future, when there will be need to put linux form the beginning and again waisting a lot of time for searching, looking for, and installing, configuring all stuff.

Regards.. sorry it is a little bit too long, but maybe anybody will convince me that linux is really our perfect small body, and persuade me to be a good 'parent' for my linux
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Old 04-11-05, 03:58 PM   #89
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the onlyn pb I had on my Acer 1363 was the 1280*800 Modeline, apart from that... but still I got a pb when I try to use Software Suspend, look at my post further below

for those who got a problem with the Modeline, use "edid" in the Xorg.conf, it detect your screen and print the good setting in the log that's the way I did it
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Old 04-11-05, 04:25 PM   #90
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edid? What do you mean saying use edid in .conf file? some more info, post an example of conf line with edid..
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Old 04-11-05, 04:29 PM   #91
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Quote:
Originally Posted by paka
edid? What do you mean saying use edid in .conf file?
Something like this (from my /etc/X11/XF86Config):

Code:
Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Dell 8200 NV"
    VendorName  "NVidia"
    BoardName   "GeForce"
    Driver      "nvidia"
    Option      "RenderAccel" "true"
    Option      "NvAgp" "1"
    Option      "UseEdidFreqs" "true"
EndSection
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Old 04-11-05, 08:09 PM   #92
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Same on a Toshiba Satellite 3000-214 with Geforce2Go 16MB.
worked fine with 2.4 Kernel Series and Nvidia drivers
with 2.6.10-ubuntu neither of the last 3 driver versions worked.

System locks up, only hard reset possible, no output in the logs.
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Old 04-11-05, 09:52 PM   #93
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WOW

I read for hours in this forum and finally its working.

I had to load the nvidia driver with
Code:
sudo modprobe nvidia NVreg_SoftEDIDs=0 NVreg_Mobile=2
after that everything is running fine.
Additional infos:
VideoBIOS: 03.11.01.38.12
NVIDIA X Driver 1.0-7174

for anyone needing manual configuration in xorg.conf:
Code:
(**) NVIDIA(0): Validated modes for display device DFP-0:
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "1024x768": 65.0 MHz, 48.4 kHz, 60.0 Hz
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "800x600": 40.0 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 60.3 Hz
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "800x600": 36.0 MHz, 35.2 kHz, 56.2 Hz
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "640x480": 25.2 MHz, 31.5 kHz, 60.0 Hz
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "640x384": 40.1 MHz, 47.7 kHz, 60.1 Hz (D)
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "512x384": 32.5 MHz, 48.4 kHz, 60.0 Hz (D)
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "400x300": 20.0 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 60.3 Hz (D)
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "400x300": 18.0 MHz, 35.2 kHz, 56.3 Hz (D)
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "320x240": 12.6 MHz, 31.5 kHz, 60.1 Hz (D)
and

Code:
(II) NVIDIA(0): Standardbildschirm: Using hsync range of 29.00-49.00 kHz
(II) NVIDIA(0): Standardbildschirm: Using vrefresh range of 43.00-60.00 Hz
(II) NVIDIA(0): Clock range:  12.00 to 300.00 MHz
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Old 04-12-05, 03:11 AM   #94
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Still nothing works at all.. except that small change of resolution
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Old 04-12-05, 03:45 AM   #95
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Ok! Finally got solution! Terrbile stuff
I found on that forum the tread about black strip on the right side, here is a link for that if anybody is interested in:
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=37587

What I did.. many things, below I attach all sections changed, but finally got it!!!

From the beginning:

I had to change some modlines in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file:
I have changed HorizSync to that value.. as I remember initially I had 31.5-65.. later I change to 30 - 65 but didn't work. Still do not know if that gives anything, but everything works, so I will not change it. Also VertREfresh value 60.. About both things I have read somewhere in this forum so just followed the steps. Unfortunatly do not know what exactly each line means in every place, but if any one can give me a clue where to look for is will appreciate it.

So I've commented the previous modelines and added new one using modeline generator.. the link is posted somewhere in this forum.

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Generic"
ModelName "Flat Panel 1024x768"
HorizSync 30-90
VertRefresh 60

# The new one from www.nvnews.net forum (moze beda dzialac)
Modeline "1024x768" 65.00 1024 1048 1184 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
Modeline "1024x768" 69.71 1024 1080 1184 1344 768 769 772 798 -HSync +Vsync
Modeline "1024x768" 65.00 1024 1048 1696 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
Modeline "1024x768" 64.11 1024 1080 1184 1344 768 769 772 795 -hsync +vsync
DisplaySize 286 215
#OK

... others modeline (you can check them in my attacked XF...conf file in one of the posts.
EndSection


Next.. very important:

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
# Below options from NVNEWS forum
Option "IgnoreEDID" "True"
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768"
Option "NvAgp" "0" # Without this, X locks on glx apps
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768"
EndSection

Here had couple big problem. Finaly I added those 4 lines and IT WORKS! That is the main clue! However, initially when I was typing it manualy it didn't work! Using IgoreEDID True screw up all the screen. Do not know hom many of you played with linux in 1996 but if you had wrong driver for X, the screen was really strange .. finally I just copied and paste and now it works hmm.. just play with those lines. btw. of course change for your needed resolution


And section "Screen". Here, please change all subsections. When you have Virtual.. comment is and put Modes "1024x768" or other resolution, it also works.

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
#Virtual 1024 768
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubsection

Hope that is all, have fun! In case of any questions just write will try to help somehow.

Sorry for mistakes if there are any, but english is not my native and do not have much time at the moment Need to work on my M.Sc.

Regards!
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Old 04-12-05, 03:54 AM   #96
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One more thing.. new drivers are necessary to view movies in fullscreen mode, cause MDK got some terrible default drivers and nothing works properly.
After solving problem with drivers (installing newone) all is fine.
Regards and thank to anyone onceagain!
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