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Old 08-07-02, 01:46 PM   #1
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Question nVidia Quadro 4 500 Go

So far installation of the latest nVidia driver has resulted in X starting, however when you go to exit it crashes the system. I am unable to check if OpenGL works due to a lack of installed applications at this point.

We have tried the proper drivers under both RedHat and SuSe on the same system (brand new Dell laptop).

According to the nVidia site's Linux Install Readme file this chip is supported (though it is curiously left out of the "supported products" list on the Linux download page).

Any ideas on why X (KDE specifically) would be crashing when exiting back to terminal?

Thanks for any help,
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Old 08-07-02, 04:57 PM   #2
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Post your xfree86 log file (located in /var/log on rh) and config file (XF86Config-4 located in /etc/X11 on rh not sure about suse) then we can help more.
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Old 08-08-02, 06:45 AM   #3
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Relevant sections of the XF86Config file:

Code:
Section "Monitor" 
 HorizSync 31.5-90
  Identifier "Monitor[0]" 
  ModelName "1280X1024@75HZ" 
  VendorName "--> LCD" 
  VertRefresh 55-80 
  UseModes "Modes[0]" 
EndSection 


Section "Modes" 
  Identifier "Modes[0]" 
  Modeline (See ** Note)
EndSection 

** Note: I am still working with the above numbers to see if I can
make it work better so this is an "in flux" set of numbers and I 
know that they are incorrect currently. Dell has unfortunately not 
distributed any info about this laptop's monitor so I'm having to 
experiment with both the Modes and the hsync 
values to find ones that work with the monitor. The default ones 
were the ones I was using, however I got info that this problem 
I've been having might be the result of incorrect monitor 
resolution so I am changing them. The above set was from an 
earlier model of this same laptop but I now know its wrong...:(

Section "Screen" 
  DefaultDepth 16 
  SubSection "Display" 
    Depth 16 
    Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1024x768" 
  EndSubSection 
  SubSection "Display" 
    Depth 32 
    Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1024x768" 
  EndSubSection 
  Device "Device[0]" 
  Identifier "Screen[0]" 
  Monitor "Monitor[0]" 
EndSection 

Section "Device" 
  BoardName "Quadro 4 500 GoGL" 
  BusID "1:0:0" 
  Driver "nvidia" 
  Identifier "Device[0]" 
  Screen 0 
  VendorName "NVidia" 
EndSection
(there are additional commented out lines present)


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Log file will be in my next post as soon as the SuSe system boots up. I don't have a copy of that data on this desktop.

note: I am currently playing with HorzSync to find one that works properly...seems like that might be the problem, but not sure.
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Old 08-08-02, 07:58 AM   #4
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Ok...let me try and get everything together:

This is the monitor title on the laptop: Dell UltraSharp 15" TFT Enhanced UXGA with a believed max of 60Hz but not certain, and a believed res of 1600x1200x? (information on the monitor seems almost impossible to find)

The video card is a Quadro 4 500 GoGL capable of a maxinum output of 1600x1200x32 and a max of 85Hz.

Video memory is 64MBs

I'll post the full config and log file in the next post.

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I have gotten the system to load in 1600x1200x16 however it has the same problem exiting X-Windows as did the old default of 800x600x16 that was previously in use on the system.

Its acting almost as if the graphics mode isn't getting reset to the its graphical SuSe terminal mode when exiting XWin.
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Old 08-08-02, 08:16 AM   #5
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Default XF86Config File:

# /.../
# SaX generated XFree86 config file
# Created on: 2002-07-22.
#
# Version: 4.3
# Contact: Marcus Schaefer <sax@suse.de>, 2001
#
# Automatically generated by [SaX2] (4.3)
# PLEASE DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE!
#

Section "Files"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/URW"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/PEX"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin7/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/baekmuk:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/japanese:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/kwintv"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/uni"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/misc"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/sgi"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/xtest"
ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "AllowMouseOpenFail"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "type1"
Load "speedo"
Load "extmod"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "Keyboard"
Identifier "Keyboard[0]"
Option "Protocol" "Standard"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbModel" "pc101"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
EndSection


Section "InputDevice"
Driver "mouse"
Identifier "Mouse[1]"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "on"
Option "Emulate3Timeout" "50"
Option "InputFashion" "Mouse"
Option "Name" "Autodetection"
Option "Protocol" "ps/2"
Option "Vendor" "Sysp"
EndSection


Section "Monitor"
HorizSync 31.5-80
Identifier "Monitor[0]"
ModelName "1600x1200@60HZ"
VendorName "--> LCD"
VertRefresh 55-70
UseModes "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Modes"
Identifier "Modes[0]"
# Modeline "800x600" 40.56 800 816 928 1072 600 600 607 626
# Modeline "800x600" 48.78 800 816 928 1072 600 600 607 626
Modeline "1600x1200" 162 1600 1664 1856 2160 1200 1201 1204 1250
Modeline "1400x1050" 129 1400 1464 1656 1960 1050 1051 1054 1100
Modeline "1280x1024" 110 1280 1328 1512 1712 1024 1032 1040 1068
Modeline "1024x768" 65 1024 1032 1152 1360 768 784 787 823
EndSection


Section "Screen"
DefaultDepth 16
# SubSection "Display"
# Depth 15
# Modes "800x600"
# EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
EndSubSection
# SubSection "Display"
# Depth 24
# Modes "800x600"
# EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 32
Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
EndSubSection
# SubSection "Display"
# Depth 8
# Modes "800x600"
# EndSubSection
Device "Device[0]"
Identifier "Screen[0]"
Monitor "Monitor[0]"
EndSection


Section "Device"
BoardName "GeForce4 500 GO GL"
BusID "1:0:0"
Driver "nvidia"
Identifier "Device[0]"
Screen 0
VendorName "NVidia"
# Option "UBB" "0"
# Option "PageFlip" "0"
# Option "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Layout[all]"
InputDevice "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
Option "Clone" "off"
Option "Xinerama" "off"
Screen "Screen[0]"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group "video"
Mode 0660
EndSection
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Old 08-08-02, 08:18 AM   #6
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Default XF86 Log File

Attached Log File (too big to post)
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File Type: txt xfree86.0.txt (25.1 KB, 246 views)
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Old 08-08-02, 08:35 AM   #7
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After re-reading the whole problem, I remember what to do. (I thought X didn't work at all but it seems to work.)

The problem is that the nvidia drivers are a bit buggy on laptops. One problem is the one you have related to terminal switching. (another is related to power management: apm)Somehow you get a blank screen when you want to quit X or when you do "ctrl-alt-f1" (or another combination) to switch to a terminal.

It is a bug in the driver, but there's a good workaround. You need to use a framebuffer console using "vesafb". When you use that the problems will be gone.
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Old 08-08-02, 09:25 AM   #8
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Fixed:

Had to tell the system to use NvAGP instead of AGPGARP
- under XFConfig in the nVidia driver section:
Option "NvAGP" "1"
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Old 08-08-02, 08:00 PM   #9
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Would it be too much of an imposition for you to tell me the steps you took to get xwindows to function correctly on your Dell M50 running RH7.3?

Thanks ... a fellow M50 owner ...
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Old 08-09-02, 01:15 PM   #10
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After following the instructions on the nVidia site for changes to the XF86Config-4 (/etc/X11 I think is where it is on Redhat) make the following change:

In the Device section that you would have just changed nv to nvidia add this line:
Option "NvAGP" "1"


That should solve your problem for the vid card settings. Assuming you have set up X-Windows properly for your system (can't recall the x-win config command).
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