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Old 12-14-06, 07:20 PM   #1
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Exclamation Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

Okay, I'd like for a developer to look at this, and I'd like to get a few things out of the way first...

1. GeForce 7300 GS OC (no further overclocking).
2. 1GB infineon CAS 2.5 RAM. memtest86 showed no error after 24hrs runtime.
3. Running Ubuntu Linux 6.10 Edgy Eft, with custom-compiled 2.6.19.1 kernel (stable). The only thing I've added is ndiswrapper to run my wireless card.
4. Motherboard: ECS RS480-M 1.0 ATI Radeon Express 200.
5. Processor: AMD Athlon64 3000+ 1.8Ghz.
6. Latest BIOS from 4/25/2006, version 1.2c (latest).

So that means, I've got the latest BIOS, and NVidia drivers. I've also got the latest stable kernel. My xorg.0.log is clean.

Nothing but APIC errors listed in syslog, that were there even when my machine was running STABLE for two days on the generic VESA driver. This problem only happens with the NVidia drivers.

Getting another card is not on option. This card works beautifully in Windows, but I no longer have direct access to Windows on this machine. I need the product I bought to work correctly, and I know it can because it does in Windows.

I have tried the kernel with pci=biosirq noapic noacpi acpi=off. I have also tried the RenderAccel option set to Off in xorg.conf. I still get the random lockups. Always when I move my mouse, never when I'm typing.

I will provide any assistance I can in the resolution of this problem, but please do not ask me to live without the 3D-accelerated features that I PAID for when I bought this card. I'm also having a problem with the TV-out showing up as all-blue once the NVIDIA drivers initialize, but I'm not worred about that. I'll live with no TV-OUT as long as I have a STABLE 3D-ACCELERATED SYSTEM in Linux, as I don't have $100.00 more to blow on another copy of Windows. Looking forward to your reply.
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Old 12-14-06, 07:49 PM   #2
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Smile Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

Oh one other thing:

After I updated my kernel, I uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers, so they are running from my latest kernel headers, FYI.
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Old 12-14-06, 08:43 PM   #3
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Default Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

See: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=46678
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Old 12-14-06, 09:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

E-mail sent, as the threads bared no fruit. I hope this gets solved quickly.
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Old 12-14-06, 09:42 PM   #5
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Post Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

Here are relevant files for quick perusal:
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File Type: log nvidia-bug-report.log (120.9 KB, 96 views)
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Old 12-14-06, 11:40 PM   #6
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Default Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

I have a few questions:
0) Does this problem persist with the 1.0-9742 driver?
1) Does this problem reproduce with an official Ubuntu kernel?
2) Does this problem reproduce if you've disabled the Composite extension?

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Old 12-15-06, 06:21 AM   #7
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Default Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

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Does this problem persist with the 1.0-9742 driver?
Don't know. I wasn't able to access 9742 from the drivers website at nvidia. How would I access it?

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Does this problem reproduce with an official Ubuntu kernel?
Yes it does. I gained more stability by updating to the latest kernel. Plus, I wanted to bypass some of the usual formalities and get the problem fixed, as the workstation this card is installed on is a development box using the 3d capabilities inherint in the hardware.

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Does this problem reproduce if you've disabled the Composite extension?
I will look into disabling it and find out. I won't be back at the workstation until late this evening, so I can't try anything until then.
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Old 12-15-06, 08:56 AM   #8
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Default Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

1.0-9742:
http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_do...etadriver.html

What stability problems were eliminated when switching away from the Ubuntu kernel?

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Old 12-15-06, 09:13 AM   #9
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Default Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

The stability problem wasn't eliminated, merely reduced.

For example, I could run glxgears for around 30-seconds on the vanilla 2.6.17 kernel before it locked up. Now under the 2.6.19.1 kernel, it stays up for much longer (around 8-10hrs). The lockup is totally at random though, and sometimes it happens 6 hrs after usage, or sometimes 30 seconds after bootup. Always when I'm moving the mouse. Never when I'm typing.
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Old 12-15-06, 06:59 PM   #10
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Post Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

Okay. I've got the 9742 beta drivers loaded.

You might want to check the driver install because when I installed the drivers, they muted all sound channels and set the volume to zero. I installed/uninstalled the drivers twice to verify that the drivers were doing it. That was a close one too because I thought the beta drivers had clobbered my ALSA drivers. :/

Anyway, I will run glxgears in the background while surfing and coding, and let you know if and when I get another lockup. I am leaving the Composite extension enabled for now, and I have all of the ACPI and APIC stuff back in my kernel, and the RenderAccel option set back to default (enabled, I hope), so we shall see.

*crossing fingers*

*edit*

If there is a better way to stress-test these drivers, please let me know and I will run a benchmark or something for the card. Thanks.
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Old 12-15-06, 07:31 PM   #11
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Angry Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

Okay, it wasn't 5 minutes after booting the machine with glxgears running in the background when I got a new screwup. The screen went totally black this time. I don't think the machine locked up, but the screen just went black and the monitor reported no signal.

I have power management set to turn the monitor off after 11 minutes. I know it wasn't 11 minutes before the screen went black, and I was in the middle of answering an e-mail when it happened. I had to hit the reset button (it's a good thing I installed with reiserfs).

I am currently running the VESA drivers, and I will use this machine as a glorified web browser until I hear back from you. I managed to run startx -logverbose 5 and nvidia-bug-report.sh, so here is a new copy of my installer log and bug report.

*edit*

I forgot about the no composite thing, so I hit runlevel 2 and nvidia-xconfig --no-composite. Will report back with results of no composite extension. I'm currently on the nvidia beta drivers.
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Old 12-15-06, 07:52 PM   #12
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Unhappy Re: Linux 2.6.19.1 i686 lockups with NVIDIA 9631 Drivers.

I'm baaaack!!

And this time it was only four minutes before the same darn thing happened again that happened above. I went back to runlevel 2, startx -logverbose 5, and ran nvidia-bug-report.sh. The output is attached. I'm back on VESA drivers with no composite on the NVIDIA drivers. Eagerly awaiting a reply.
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