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Old 01-01-07, 05:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy GeForce 6600 GS:Debian/unstable: X is hungry

Motherboard: Abit NF7-S
PS: 300 W
Video card: GeForce 6600 GS
OS: Debian/unstable
PS: Aurora PN/350W
  1. Downloaded and ran NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9746-pkg1.run.
  2. modprobe nvidia. No problem reported.
  3. Changed the driver in xorg.conf to "nvidia".
  4. startx
  5. Console went black (as normal) but never became unblack (not normal)
  6. ssh'd into the machine.
  7. Noticed the machine was very sluggish.
  8. From top, I found that X was taking 99% of the CPU load.
  9. Tried to kill startx, xinit, and X. startx and xinit were killed. X couldn't be killed even when sent a sigkill.
  10. Had to reboot machine to get console back.

Did a search of this forum. Based on recommendation in past threads, I:
  1. Added "RenderAccel" "no" to xorg.conf.
  2. Passed noapic to the kernel.
  3. Passed acpi=off to the kernel.

Unfortunately, none of this made a difference. I'm attaching the output of nvidia-bug-report.sh (I used "startx -- -logverbose 6") after I added the RenderAccel option to xorg.conf and passed "noapic" and "acpi=off" to the kernel.

I'm all out of ideas. Help?
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Old 01-01-07, 05:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: GeForce 6600 GS:Debian/unstable: X is hungry

In your bug report, I see:
(II) NVIDIA(0): The NVIDIA X driver has encountered an error; attempting to
(II) NVIDIA(0): recover...

and then X appears to hang. Please test the following:
0) Verify that you're using the latest BIOS for the motherboard
1) Set NvAGP to 0 in xorg.conf
2) Test with a more recent kernel.

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Old 01-06-07, 06:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: GeForce 6600 GS:Debian/unstable: X is hungry

Sorry for the delay. I was running an old kernel, downloaded 2.6.19, and of course after a "make old config" it didn't work. Went through all the options with a fine toothed comb. Couldn't find the problem (although I knew it had something to do with my SATA drives).

So I went from 2.6.12 to 2.6.13. And then from 2.6.13 to 2.6.14. And then from ... yadda yadda yadda. Figured it was easier for "make oldconfig" to go between neighboring versions of the kernel. It appears that major restructuring of SATA happened between 2.6.18 and 2.6.19. Of course I have work (which puts a roof over my head), so it was a slow process.

In 2.6.18, I noticed that X would work, but froze very frequently.

Just compiled 2.6.19. X worked. I played a game of quake3. It's been so long. Felt really good. I should prolly replay HL2 or Doom3. It appears to be stable.

All I did was upgrade the kernel. I didn't touch BIOS or the NvAGP option (I was going to do those next after upgrading the kernel).

However, there is one issue. I noticed that the announcer's voice in quake3 is subtly higher in pitch. In fact, I think everything is ever so slightly higher in pitch. Another game I'm very familiar with, StepMania, is pretty much the same. It's very slight though.

My kernel has RTC support, and ALSA makes use of it (as well as the mixer). It would be nice to think that my card is so blazin fast that the sound has to get faster to keep up with video, but that's silly.

Has anyone experienced anything similar?

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