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Old 10-09-06, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default X Not starting with Device Driver "nvidia"

I am running Kubuntu 6.06, I installed the AMD64 latest driver but whenever my xorg.conf file under Device says Driver "nvidia" my X won't start. If I change the Driver to "nv" it works fine. Why? I'm also trying to get compiz working but I can't get there till this works. I have had this same problem in SuSE 10.1. Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Old 10-09-06, 01:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: X Not starting with Device Driver "nvidia"

Please generate and attach an nvidia-bug-report.log.

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Old 10-10-06, 10:41 AM   #3
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Default Re: X Not starting with Device Driver "nvidia"

I don't know how to generate an nvidia-bug-report but I know this...
I ran a modprobe -i nvidia and got this.
FATAL: Error inserting nvidia (/lib/modules/2.6.16.13-4-default/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)
When I look in my /var/log/Xorg.0.log file I get a few lines that pop out at me. First I notice a lot of directories that do not exist in the /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts folder. Secondly, a line that reads
(WW) Open ACPI failed (/var/run/acpid.socket)(Connection refused)
There is a PCI scan and a bunch of Bus lists and a bunch of other things relating to the nvidia board and memory and stuff. Then I get a bunch of Loading Extensions and these....
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/extensions/libglx.so
dlopen: /usr/lib64/libGLcore.so.1: invalid ELF header
(EE) Failed to load /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/extensions/libglx.so
(II) UnloadModule: "glx"
(EE) Failed to load module "glx" (loader failed, 7)
Then it goes down a bit more showing a bunch of stuff I don't know what is and I find this...
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the GLX module; please check in your X
(EE) NVIDIA(0): log file that the GLX module has been loaded in your X
(EE) NVIDIA(0): server, and that the module is the NVIDIA GLX module. If
(EE) NVIDIA(0): you continue to encouter problems, Please try
(EE) NVIDIA(0): reinstalling the NVIDIA driver.
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): ***Aborting***
(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
(II) UnloadModule: "ramdac"
(II) UnloadModule: "fb"
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration
Fatal server error:
no screens found

I don't know where my x log file is. I'm fairly new to this, I'm learning more and more as I have these little issues. How do I fix this? I have tried installing the driver and allowing it to configure X for me, and I have said don't configure X and I have done the 32 emulator for OpenGL and I have not done it. So now what? Thanks.
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Old 10-10-06, 11:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: X Not starting with Device Driver "nvidia"

I can't paste my nvidia-bug-report.log because there is roughly 150000 characters too many. And I can't attatch it because it's twice the limit. So what do I do with it now?

I'm currently having this issue in SuSE 10.1 x86_64 with a GeForce 5200 FX AGP.

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Old 10-10-06, 12:31 PM   #5
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You can compress the bug report to attach it.

However based on the errors you posted, it looks like the driver isn't installed correctly.

Thanks,
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Old 10-10-06, 03:35 PM   #6
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When I install it I downloaded the driver from Nvidia, I put it in my home folder. I went to a console and did an init 3 to the terminal shutting down X. I do sh nvidia.run (with all the driver information in there). I accept the license agreement and allow the installer to look for a precompiled driver for me. It doesn't, and it continues through the normal process. It asks me if I want to install 32bit support for OpenGL applications and I say Yes (though I have said NO as well with the same results). I then say Yes (though I have said NO as well with the same results) to the question about letting the installer configure X for me.

So... What do I do to fix this issue? How can I 'Properly' instally my driver?

Here is a tarball of my nvidia-but-report.log
And my /var/log/xorg.0.log
Attached Files
File Type: gz nvidia-bug-report.log.tar.gz (28.7 KB, 109 views)
File Type: log Xorg.0.log (35.1 KB, 107 views)
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Old 10-10-06, 05:07 PM   #7
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According to your bug report, you're using the nv X driver, not the nvidia X driver.

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Old 10-10-06, 08:55 PM   #8
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Default Re: X Not starting with Device Driver "nvidia"

Yeah.... I didn't figure out how to generate the bug report till after I changed it so I could get back to my gui. The only thing I changed from what the bug report might say is

Device

Driver "nvidia" (changed back to "nv")

and

Module

Load "glx" (changed to #Load "glx")

I will be reinstalling with the -n option tomorrow morning. I'll update on how that works. Meanwhile, any other suggestions? Thanks a bunch.
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Old 10-11-06, 10:01 AM   #9
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Try generating bug report with nvidia driver. If the system fails to enter the graphic mode, then just press CTRL+ALT+F1, login as root and run nvidia-bug-report. Then run mcedit for example and revert back to the nv driver, reboot the PC and you're done. Post that bug report here.
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Old 10-11-06, 03:39 PM   #10
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Default Re: X Not starting with Device Driver "nvidia"

Will get that done here in just a second. Though I have had to reinstall because I don't know what I did to my xorg.conf file. So let me start fresh and from the beginning. I'm running SuSE 10.1 with and AMD Athlon64 3200+ on a MachSpeed mobo with a GeForce 5200 FX. I'm following installation instructions for using YOU.

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Old 10-11-06, 03:56 PM   #11
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Hmmm, I wondering how are you trying to set the driver up...
I'll try to give you instructions on how to do that from pure command line:
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL+F1 to go to console, login as root and issue the command: telinit 3 Now nvidia-installer --uninstall to remove your current driver.
Launch the installer answer YES to all of its questions except for the "Install NVIDIA OpenGL header files?", let it backup and replace existing files.
Now run: sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
Adjust the resolution and refresh rate to your needs, save the changes, test your config and quit SaX if everything is OK.
Now type: telinit 5
You should see NVIDIA's logo and the login screen afterwards.

This should pretty much work out ;-)
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Old 10-11-06, 04:00 PM   #12
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When you say "say no to install OpenGL header files" do you mean the question that asks about Installing OpenGL for 32bit?
I just rebooted from the install through YOU... It came back up in the gui but did not display the NVIDIA logo. So I exited out and wend to my xorg.conf file and edited Driver to say "nvidia" and made sure my glx was not commented out and was there. It was. I tried a sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia but it came back with an error. So I ran just sax2 and it allowed me to go into sax but when I hit the test button it did not allow me to configure my screen placement. So then I booted back into X and it went but without the logo again. I will try your suggestion on installation in just a moment.
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