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Old 02-03-06, 06:40 AM   #1
grenier
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Default Computer unstable with Geforce 420 Go (NV 17)

I already posted this one on linuxquestions, but it appears no one over there was able to help me, so here goes:

To begin with, here are my computer's spec:

HP pavillion zv5000 series (exact model is zv5330ea) with:

- Opteron 3000+ (that's what lspci says anyway. I only use a 32 bit kernel though (Mandriva flavor of the 2.6.12-12 kernel), for fear of issues with the 64 bit kernel with some later driver/software compilation.

- 768 Mo RAM

- WXGA screen (15,1''). Res is 12000x800

- NVidia NV17 - Geforce 420 Go with supposedly 64 Mo of RAM

- I use the 8178 driver.

Theses are only the highlights I think relevant to my problem. Below is the lspci output.


I run it under Mandriva 2006, but I've recompiled the NVidia driver from their site (build 7676) and made what I think are appropriate changes to the xorg.conf file.

As long as I run it in desktop mode (browsing, openofficing, whatever...) it works fine. It's when I begin to use the 3D capabilities that I run into problems. If I've had running for a while and decide to start up a game (mainly Neverwinter Nights or DoomIII, but it may happen with games with lower requirements), the computer reboots.
If I make a clean reboot, I can start-up the games fine, but I've had instances of it rebooting again after about a hour of play (with doom, the most resources intensive, of course).

I also did a couple of tests with glxgear, which can also trigger the hard reboot.

Basically, if I had my laptop run for a while, launching glxgear crashes the computer. But I also had the same result if I attempted to start it right after booting and launching the bittorrent client (laucnhmanycurse, but with a big archive that it had to parse again).



So it appears linked to the load on the machine, and I'm guessing the reboot occurs mainly because it's a laptop and that I'd have somekind of freeze up on a desktop box.

I've been fiddling with the xorg.conf for a while now, but I can't seem to find a solution.

If anybody can offer any help...

Below are my xorg.conf file and lspci output (I couldn't join nvidia-bug-report.log, as it's too long) :







=========================





xorg.conf:


# File generated by XFdrake.

# ************************************************** ********************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# ************************************************** ********************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "synaptics"
Load "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/nvidia/libglx.so"

# Load "bitmap"
# Load "ddc"
# Load "dri"
Load "glx"
# Load "int10"
# Load "record"
# Load "type1"
# Load "vbe"

EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "fr"
Option "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "SynapticsMouse1"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "200"
Option "MinSpeed" "0.8"
Option "MaxSpeed" "1.00"
Option "BottomEdge" "650"
Option "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "200"
Option "UpDownScrolling" "0"
Option "CircScrollTrigger" "2"
Option "SHMConfig" "on"
Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "75"
Option "CircScrollDelta" "0.1"
Option "LeftEdge" "120"
Option "FingerLow" "14"
Option "HorizScrollDelta" "20"
Option "MaxTapMove" "110"
Option "MaxTapTime" "180"
Option "FingerHigh" "15"
Option "VertScrollDelta" "20"
Option "CircularScrolling" "1"
Option "AccelFactor" "0.015"
Option "RightEdge" "830"
Option "TopEdge" "120"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "HP"
ModelName "Flat Panel 1280x800"
HorizSync 31.5-48.5
VertRefresh 40-70

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616

# modeline generated by gtf(1) [handled by XFdrake]
ModeLine "1280x800_120" 181.21 1280 1376 1520 1760 800 801 804 858 -HSync +Vsync

# modeline generated by gtf(1) [handled by XFdrake]
ModeLine "1280x800_100" 147.89 1280 1376 1512 1744 800 801 804 848 -HSync +Vsync

# modeline generated by gtf(1) [handled by XFdrake]
ModeLine "1280x800_85" 123.38 1280 1368 1504 1728 800 801 804 840 -HSync +Vsync

# modeline generated by gtf(1) [handled by XFdrake]
ModeLine "1280x800_75" 107.21 1280 1360 1496 1712 800 801 804 835 -HSync +Vsync

# modeline generated by gtf(1) [handled by XFdrake]
ModeLine "1280x800_60" 83.46 1280 1344 1480 1680 800 801 804 828 -HSync +Vsync

# modeline generated by gtf(1) [handled by XFdrake]
ModeLine "1280x800_50" 68.56 1280 1336 1472 1664 800 801 804 824 -HSync +Vsync
EndSection

Section "Device"

Option "NoLogo" "True" #Turns off the nvidia splash screen.
#Twin View
# Option "TwinView"
# Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
# Option "MetaModes" Option "MetaModes" "1024x768,1024x768;"
# Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
# Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Identifier "Device1"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NV17 [GeForce4 440 Go 64M]"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
# Screen 0



#Ancienne config
# Identifier "device1"
# VendorName "nVidia Corp."
# BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
# Driver "nvidia"
# BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
## Option "DPMS"
# Option "IgnoreEDID" "1"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Virtual 1280 800
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Virtual 1280 800
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Virtual 1280 800
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Virtual 1280 800
EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "SynapticsMouse1" "AlwaysCore"
Screen "screen1"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection



===========================

lspci output:


00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce3 Host Bridge (rev a4)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce3 LPC Bridge (rev a6)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce3 SMBus (rev a4)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce3 USB 1.1 (rev a5)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce3 USB 1.1 (rev a5)
00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce3 USB 2.0 (rev a2)
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce3 Audio (rev a2)
00:06.1 Modem: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 00d9 (rev a2)
00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation nForce3 IDE (rev a5)
00:0a.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce3 PCI Bridge (rev a2)
00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce3 AGP Bridge (rev a4)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go 32M] (rev a3)
02:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
02:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
02:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1620 PC Card Controller (rev 01)
02:04.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1620 PC Card Controller (rev 01)
02:04.2 System peripheral: Texas Instruments PCI1620 Firmware Loading Function (rev 01)
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Old 02-03-06, 10:36 AM   #2
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Default Re: Computer unstable with Geforce 420 Go (NV 17)

I have a few questions:
0) Please generate a bug report immediately after you experience this problem, yet before starting X again.
1) Have you verified that you're using the latest BIOS?
2) Does this reproduce with a more recent kernel than the 2.6.12 that you're using?
3) If you boot with the noapic and/or acpi=off kernel parameters, does that have any impact?

Thanks,
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Old 02-04-06, 12:33 AM   #3
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Default Re: Computer unstable with Geforce 420 Go (NV 17)

Ok, I did a few tests, so here are the results:

0/ I attached the new nvidia-bug-report.log (after crash and reboot, but before starting X again)

1/ I seem to have the latest from HP (in any case, as this box runs exclusively under linux, I couldn't make an update)

2/ Up till now, I used the mandriva kernel 2.6.12-12. I updated to 2.6.12-15 (latest from mandriva)

3/ I tried it with noapic and acpi off.


The behavior remains exactly the same.

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Old 02-16-06, 04:09 AM   #4
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Default Re: Computer unstable with Geforce 420 Go (NV 17)

Hello?

Is my case that desperate?

If so, please, at the very least tell me so...
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Old 02-16-06, 10:23 AM   #5
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You still have not provided the bug report that I requested.

Thanks,
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Old 02-17-06, 06:27 AM   #6
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I didn't realize the file hadn't attached itself, and it's way too big to copy in.

I'll send it through mail.
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Old 02-17-06, 01:32 PM   #7
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If you are Sebastien, then I've received the bug report that you emailed, however you could have attached it here by compressing it first.

When I had asked if this reproduced with a newer kernel, I meant something like 2.6.14.x or 2.6.15.x. The 2.6.12-15mdk kernel that you're using is unlikely to be as recent as a 2.6.15.x kernel.

Also, have you tried experimenting with different values for NvAGP ?

Thanks,
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Old 02-17-06, 08:16 PM   #8
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Yep, that's me.

I seem to remember having fiddled with NvAGP quite a while ago. I'll give it another go, I guess.

I'll see what I can do something about the kernel.
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