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Old 10-11-06, 08:37 PM   #1
MikeMartin
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Default PCI GeForce FX 5200 pauses repeatedly

I'm trying to use nvidia v. 8774 in Debian etch.

The drivers are compiled, installed and mostly working. However the screen freezes for 1-2 seconds every 10-15 seconds, or whenever a new window needs to open.

It happens will all the normal modules loaded, and with none of them. It happens with a VGA monitor, the TV or both.

I suspect it may be to do with the onboard (disables/unused) AGP card. I can't figure out what to try to debug this.

Attached is my log...

Help! (Please)
Thanks. Mike
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Old 10-11-06, 08:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: PCI GeForce FX 5200 pauses repeatedly

If this problem reproduces with 1.0-9625, please generate and attach an nvidia-bug-report.log

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Old 10-12-06, 02:57 PM   #3
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Default Re: PCI GeForce FX 5200 pauses repeatedly

I compiled and installed 9625 with no change in the behaviour.

Attached is my nvidia-bug-report.log

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Old 10-12-06, 04:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: PCI GeForce FX 5200 pauses repeatedly

In your X log I see:
(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 encounter problems, Please try
(EE) NVIDIA(0): reinstalling the NVIDIA driver.

This suggests that your driver is not correctly installed. Have you followed the instructions here?
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=72490

I have a few additional questions:
0) Does this problem persist with a more recent (2.6.18.x) kernel.org kernel?
1) If you boot with the noapic kernel parameter, does that have any impact?
2) You realize that the SLI option requires two identical GPUs, right?

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Old 10-13-06, 07:34 AM   #5
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The errors relating to GLX were a result of my (intentionally for testing) not loading the GLX module. When I uncommented the glx line the message disappeared. However, since I didn't follow the linked directions precisely, I reinstalled just to be sure. The behaviour didn't change.

Your questions:
0) I should be able to try a 2.6.18 kernel. However for other reasons, I won't be able to use it for anything but this test.
1) Sorry ... not familiar with noapic. What do I enter (I boot with GRUB).
2) SLI was set to auto ... setting it to off had no effect.

The problem seems to go away when I switch my colourdepth from 24 to 16.
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Old 10-13-06, 12:02 PM   #6
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You can append noapic to the end of the kernel line(s) in grub.conf.

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Old 10-17-06, 11:15 AM   #7
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Default Re: PCI GeForce FX 5200 pauses repeatedly

See attached bug report. Using kernel 2.6.18 with noapic.

Any colour depth, any resolution, on TV or monitor. Same result as before. X input/output freezes for about 2 seconds out of every 5 seconds. Only X io is affected; the console does not freeze.

Any suggestions? Thanks for your help!

MikeMartin

(PS I previously thought the lower colour depth fixed the problem ... it did not I had accidentally switched to the "nv" driver)
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Old 10-19-06, 12:21 PM   #8
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Is there anything further I could/should do to diagnose this problem?

Could it be faulty hardware? It was just purchased new, but open-box. It is still under warranty. I'd really like to be able to use this machine!

Thanks in advance for all help!

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Old 10-19-06, 12:54 PM   #9
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What are you running on this system? Can you post the output from "ps auxxww" while the problem is present.

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Old 10-20-06, 07:38 AM   #10
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Normally, I would be running all of the typical daemons, however while trying to diagnose this, I've shut nearly everything down. The behaviour didn't change when I did this. See the attached output from ps auxxww done from an xterm while the problem was happening.

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Old 10-20-06, 02:11 PM   #11
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I'm afraid that I don't have any other suggestions, and this behavior seems to be specific to your environment.
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Old 10-21-06, 05:07 AM   #12
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Default Re: PCI GeForce FX 5200 pauses repeatedly

I have a very similar problem using version 8776 of the driver - only wanted to post it to support Mike a bit.

I use an nvidia GeForce FX 5200 (rev a1) on a VIA (Nehemiah processor) system and gentoo (uname -a => 2.6.16-gentoo-r9 #12 PREEMPT i686 VIA Nehemiah GNU/Linux)

The kernel was prepared as required with no native nvidia support and with/without vesa framebuffer support (no change). The Xorg.0.log shows nothing unusual.

The nvidia driver loads fast and operates well after starting X, incl. 3D acceleration (tested with and without 'Option "Composite" "Enable"' with no change). After a while, particularly when I switch between desktops, there are horizontal pixel errors for a very short moment and later, the display becomes black until I press a key, which will restore the display. This also happens when scrolling a lot in the terminal-manager 'screen') After a while, there will be vertical distortions on the screen which change periodically between a limited number of states. It wil affect single pixels but the text is still readable. Later the mouse and keyboard will freeze. However, I can still log in remotely and even restart X (xorg).

I also disabled acpi and apic support in the kernel with no change.
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