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Old 03-16-07, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Please help test the GeForce 8 "nv" driver.

If you have a GeForce 8 and modular X.Org (and patience), and would be willing to help test the "nv" driver, I would be grateful.

Installation should be easy:
  1. IMPORTANT: Back up your existing nv_drv.so!
  2. Download xf86-video-nv-1.99.1.tar.bz2.
  3. Unpack: tar jxvf xf86-video-nv.tar.bz2
  4. Compile: cd xf86-video-nv-1.99.1 && ./configure --prefix=/usr && make install
  5. Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and change "nvidia" to "nv" in the Driver line.
  6. Start X.
Note that this driver does not support dual-head (i.e. TwinView) output, XVideo, or GLX. See the "nv" man page that comes with it for more information.

Please reply with feedback in this thread.

Edit: I released version 2.0.0 with some bug fixes on Sunday. Testing is still appreciated.
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Old 03-18-07, 03:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Please help test the GeForce 8 "nv" driver.

Give me a GeForce8 and I'll test it. :-)
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Old 03-19-07, 12:09 AM   #3
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Default Re: Please help test the GeForce 8 "nv" driver.

Does this driver have dual link support? I tried it with my 8800 at 1920x1200 and it said that max clock was 170MHz, and couldn't find a video mode. It works at 1280x1024.

Also tried with commit 8b2c7bc457d34b7ed59cd08719bec8754ebf6fb8
but it didn't change anything.

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fp@oscar1:~$ diff Desktop/nv{,+patch}.log
14c14
< (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sun Mar 18 23:40:13 2007
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> (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sun Mar 18 23:31:58 2007
503c503
< (II) NV(0): MMIO registers mapped at 0xb61ca000
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> (II) NV(0): MMIO registers mapped at 0xb6187000
505c505
< (II) NV(0): Linear framebuffer mapped at 0xa61ca000
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> (II) NV(0): Linear framebuffer mapped at 0xa6187000
Also included a log using nvidia driver.

Monitor specs: http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...P/en/about.htm
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File Type: log nv+patch.log (43.2 KB, 118 views)
File Type: log nvidia.log (26.6 KB, 113 views)
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Old 03-19-07, 12:33 AM   #4
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Default Re: Please help test the GeForce 8 "nv" driver.

Hmm, I don't see 1920x1200 being tried in your log. I don't think X.org 7.1.1 takes the EDID modes into account at all, actually. You could try adding a modeline for it:
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Modeline "1920x1200"  154.00  1920 1968 2000 2080  1200 1203 1209 1235 +hsync -vsync
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Old 03-20-07, 02:28 AM   #5
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Hi

Compiling and installing the driver works so far, but when I try to startx, xorg quits with "(EE) No devices detected. Fatal server error: no screens found". I turned off all features like glx.

Trying to configure a new xorg.conf with suse's (10.2) "sax2 -m 0=nv" doesn't work.
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Old 03-20-07, 03:08 AM   #6
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Default Re: Please help test the GeForce 8 "nv" driver.

Hi derbuffer,
Please attach Xorg.0.log.
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Old 03-20-07, 03:27 AM   #7
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Before I started "sax2 -m 0=nv" i moved my xorg.conf

here we go:
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Old 03-20-07, 03:29 AM   #8
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Default Re: Please help test the GeForce 8 "nv" driver.

From your log file, it looks like you're using xf86-video-nv 1.2.0, which doesn't support G80.
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Old 03-20-07, 03:49 AM   #9
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okay, i got it.

make install will copy the files into "/usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers". This is wrong, my xorg-modules are placed in /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers.

I copied the files into /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers (checked that they were compiled for x86_64).

After configuring xorg.conf using sax2 I can switch to runlevel 5, X Server starts, everything works fine for me except switching to bash via CTRL + alt + F*. If I try, I only get a blank screen (monitor doesnt receive signals). But I can switch back to X (alt + F7).
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Old 03-20-07, 11:05 AM   #10
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Default Re: Please help test the GeForce 8 "nv" driver.

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Originally Posted by derbuffer
okay, i got it.

make install will copy the files into "/usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers". This is wrong, my xorg-modules are placed in /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers.
Strange... it really ought to install to `pkg-config --variable=moduledir xorg-server`, but looking at the configure script, it looks like it defaults to "$libdir/xorg/modules" unless you use the --with-xorg-module-dir option. That looks like a bug in the autoconf macros.
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I copied the files into /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers (checked that they were compiled for x86_64).

After configuring xorg.conf using sax2 I can switch to runlevel 5, X Server starts, everything works fine for me except switching to bash via CTRL + alt + F*. If I try, I only get a blank screen (monitor doesnt receive signals). But I can switch back to X (alt + F7).
Do you get any error messages in the log file when it fails to restore the console? Also, do you know if your server was built with this commit?

http://gitweb.freedesktop.org/?p=xor...f3af992cd5741c
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Old 03-20-07, 03:17 PM   #11
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Hi

I will check it tomorrow, ok? Just got back from work and I'm a little tired now :-)
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Old 03-20-07, 04:20 PM   #12
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Default Re: Please help test the GeForce 8 "nv" driver.

Works fine for me, as far as general desktop performance goes. Better than the closed driver actually, since it doesn't to have the strange "UI lag" performance bug that the closed driver currently suffers from on my system.
My hardware is an ASUS 8800GTX on a dual Opteron 270 with 4 gigs of RAM. Distro is Fedora Core 6, 64 bit.

Now back to the laggy 9755 driver, because snappier UI-drawing notwithstanding, I do need the 3d and Xv... ;(

EDIT: Small addendum - console went black when exiting out of X. Fortunately, I'd edited my xorg.conf beforehand, and typing "startx" blind brought me back into X with the closed driver. Ctrl-Fx-ing now gives a readable console but with horisontal lines of random "noise".
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