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Old 04-12-05, 08:35 AM   #97
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Default Re: nVidia Linux Driver support for mobile video cards (Geforce* Go)...

I don't know how, but I fixed it! The solution is to use gtf to generate a modeline, but change the "+Vsync" at the end to "-Vsync". I currently have a working 1400x1050 modeline with no black bar. (Using lower resolutions results in a black bar, but I'll fix those later.)

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Original: Modeline "1400x1050"  122.61  1400 1488 1640 1880  1050 1051 1054 1087  -HSync +Vsync
Working: Modeline "1400x1050"  122.61  1400 1488 1640 1880  1050 1051 1054 1087  -HSync -Vsync
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Old 04-12-05, 09:06 AM   #98
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so the originator of this Thread was right. The driver does not probe right for the modes and thats where everything is screwed up. As soon as you give everything manual it seems to work for everyone. In my last post I included the right values for a Toshiba Satellite 3000-214 which should work just fine on a 3000-514 too.
One of the main faults on laptops seem to be the vrefresh rate, which should not be more than 60 on a LCD but is a lot higher for CRTs. ( so it is to high in default xorg.conf ).

I read about a lot of Dell users here. these should try:
Code:
sudo modprobe nvidia NVreg_SoftEDIDs=0 NVreg_Mobile=1
as stated in the README in Appendix ?: How to configure a laptop.

I hope we get a lot more people out of that misery.

By the way, glxgears gives me 852 fps now
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Old 04-13-05, 03:27 PM   #99
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Well, just for kicks I tried 1.0.7174 on my Dell Inspiron 2650/GeforceGo setup again.

Added an explicit modeline in xorg.conf and added:

Code:
       Option          "IgnoreEDID"            "true"
        Option          "UseEdidFreqs"          "false"
        Option          "NvAgp"                 "0"
Result, black screen and hangup as expected.

(Fortunately, snapshot.debian.net makes fiddling around with Nvidia driver versions quite fast and painless)
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Old 04-14-05, 05:51 PM   #100
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I had no success with my Dell Inspiron 8100 (Gefore2 Go, BIOS A04) and 7174 either (SuSE 9.2, 2.6.8-24.14 - machine locks hard while showing a fancy light effect on the display). I must admit I didn't have patience to try all different combinations of driver, module, and kernel options that I saw in this forum. I'll stick with 6111 for some time to come.

Is there anyone who successfully runs a Dell laptop with Geforce2 Go and 7174? What may be needed is some sort of an overview table of laptops, kernels, options used, and success grade.
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Old 04-14-05, 08:19 PM   #101
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Quote:
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Is there anyone who successfully runs a Dell laptop with Geforce2 Go and 7174?
Yes. See the link I posted in post #84 in this thread.
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Old 04-15-05, 05:01 AM   #102
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uncleremus: Have you tried a BIOS update? The last version is A15 and the list of updates seems to be quite consistent with respect to A14. Imagine the list of updates with respect to A04! You should try it! You have nothing to lose.
One more thing. When testing the drivers, the Device section dedicated to the nvidia driver should look like this at the beginning:

Code:
Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard1"
        VendorName  "nVidia Corporation"
        BoardName   "NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS (nVidia)"
        Driver      "nvidia"
EndSection
I mean bare basic definition of the section. Then you cand add options like

Code:
        BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
        Option      "DPMS"
        Option      "NoLogo" "on"
in order to tweak or to try solving lock ups.
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Old 04-15-05, 05:10 AM   #103
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BiOS update.. hehe, crazy guys!
System should suit into our machine, not the other way

Anyway even if.. I have never played with bios, and have got to many important things to do with computer.. so even if I had to try with new BIOS I would not do it, in case of disaster.

Hopefully everything works at the moment with new drivers on my toshiba.. what more I swiched to fluxbox, and now having even more fun (www.fluxbox.org)

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Old 04-15-05, 05:17 AM   #104
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paka: So you solved the problem with the modelines and that option, IgnoreEDID? About the BIOS, sometimes it helps! Long time ago I used to have random heavy loads and garbled screen in Windows. After a BIOS update (I am not sure which one), I haven't seen such a problem since.
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Old 04-16-05, 01:35 AM   #105
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Quote:
Originally Posted by koala
Well, just for kicks I tried 1.0.7174 on my Dell Inspiron 2650/GeforceGo setup again.

Added an explicit modeline in xorg.conf and added:

[code] Option "IgnoreEDID" "true"
Option "UseEdidFreqs" "false"
Code:
Option          "NvAgp"                 "0"[
Result, black screen and hangup as expected.
As stated here

the options in xorg.conf help nothing.
you got to load your nvidida driver with
Code:
sudo modprobe nvidia NVreg_SoftEDIDs=0 NVreg_Mobile=1
or edit your /etc/modules or /etc/modprobe.conf (depends on your distribution)
and insert
Code:
nvidia NVreg_SoftEDIDs=0 NVreg_Mobile=1
You should use
Code:
Option  "NvAgp"  "1"
or
Code:
Option  "NvAgp"  "3"
, whatever works better ( for me its "3", which is the default )
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Old 04-16-05, 06:14 AM   #106
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Yeah, sure.

I did use the module options. Actually I just tried using no AGP, so I'll try the other AGP options too...
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Old 04-16-05, 07:30 AM   #107
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Commands like modprobe nvidia NVreg_SoftEDIDs=0 NVreg_Mobile=1 or putting a setting in /etc/modprobe.conf like option nvidia NVreg_SoftEDIDs=0 NVreg_Mobile=1 and IgnoreEDID in /etc/X11/xorg.conf were already done. When starting up the X server on my laptop, they either lead to a computer lock or the results were some kinds of esoteric animations, but nothing like a decent desktop, a decent mouse arrow ... !

Putting Option "NvAgp" "1" or Option "NvAgp" "2" or Option "NvAgp" "3" didn't helped either, since the problem is not AGP related. As you may read in this post, attaching an external monitor and using TwinView seems to solve a part of the problem. Furthermore, the with the 6111 drivers I am able to start the X server, but each time I switch to text console (with Ctrl + Alt + 1 or when shutting down the X server) the computer locks. louxy.louck has managed to make his computer work but he downgraded the BIOS setup to A02 (I am afraid to do this since my computer came with A05).
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Old 04-16-05, 09:09 AM   #108
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Hey, you are not going to believe, but I found these on Dell's site (I am amazed because Dell has always sold his systems with Windows installed):
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