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Old 04-22-06, 05:22 PM   #1
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Default Problems with any drivers >1.0-7667 on Geforce FX Go5200

Hello everybody!

I've been searching the web for quite a long time and didn't find a solution to my problem yet - I hope you can help me out somehow..:

I am running a Samsung M40 WVM1500 notebook with an integrated NVidia Geforce FX Go5200 graphics board. lspci identifies it as: "VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34M [GeForce FX Go5200 32M/64M] (rev a1)".

I am currently running Gentoo Linux with kernel, the last kernel of the 2.6.11.x series together with 1.0-7667 of the nvidia drivers. Everything works stable and fine using this combination.

Any other kernel >=2.6.12 and any nvidia driver newer than 1.0-7667 makes X hang on boot or - if it initializes X successfully - makes the system freeze when leaving X. I'm left off with a garbled screen or no video at all.

The current version of the nvidia drivers (1.0-8756) together with the newest available kernel ( won't let me initialize X at all. After 5-10 seconds the lcd displays a fancy plasma-effect, starting from the lower right corner of the screen, then it spreads over the whole display. I've attached a photo showing this effect. The system is already locked up before this effect starts. I can't even access the notebook from another host.

I tried configuring kernels with and without framebuffer, agpgart on/off and played around with the nvagp setting in the xorg.conf.
I up and downgraded the notebook's bios - nothing helped.

The funny thing is: If I attach an external monitor to the notebook, everything works perfectly, X starts up and I can switch back to console as often as I want to.

I suppose I've spent about a week or so trying to figure out what the problem is - I can't find a solution.
Do you have any idea what else I could try out or if I am making a fundamental mistake? Unfortunately I can't post a bug-report because the system always locks up.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Old 04-23-06, 03:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Problems with any drivers >1.0-7667 on Geforce FX Go5200

I had exactly this screen problem years ago on my Uniwill L372N1 All-in-one-PC with an integrated Geforce4 420 Go 32M, up to the 5xxx drivers if i remember correctly.
With later drivers (up to 8178) the problem switched to a black screen when trying to start X.
But now with the new 8756 drivers my problems are finally solved, thank god

A hint for you: Try

options nvidia NVreg_SoftEDIDs=0 NVreg_Mobile=1 NVreg_FlatPanelMode=0

in /etc/modprobe.conf, maybe this fixes your problem. Especially playing around with the NVreg_Mobile option is worth a try.

Greetings and good luck

PS: Try starting X with "startx -- -verbose 6 -logverbose 6". Even after a hard reboot i was able to read the logs at /var/log/Xorg.0.log.
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Old 04-23-06, 08:36 AM   #3
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Cool Re: Problems with any drivers >1.0-7667 on Geforce FX Go5200

Thanks, Oli!

Kernel and the newest nvidia drivers are running fine with your module parameters!

What a beautiful sunday :-))

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