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Old 01-13-05, 10:09 PM   #37
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Default Re: If you have a problem, PLEASE read this first

Originally Posted by Andy Mecham
If you have a problem, and would like help, please follow the following steps:

1) Please start a new thread about your problem. It's really hard to track issues if you ask for help in one of the generic threads (like "1.0-4349 released").

2) Please attach a copy of your /etc/X11/XF86Config(-4) and /var/log/XFree86.0.log files where appropriate. If you're not sure if they're appropriate, attach them anyway. The forums now accept attachments with .log endings, so you don't have to append .txt anymore.

2a) If you're having problems with resolutions, color depths, or other display related issues, a verbose X log is much more useful than a regular log. To get a verbose log, start X with

startx -- -logverbose 5
and attach it to your newly created thread.

3) Other information that's useful:

- your video card
- your driver version
- your distribution
- your video bios revision (look in /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0 while X is running)
- your processor
- your motherboard model (especially if you're having lockups)

This information will help us help you.



Forum now accept a file ending in LOG: Wrong, try it!
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Old 01-14-05, 06:42 AM   #38
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Default Re: If you have a problem, PLEASE read this first!

@Tspuhler: I believe the forum has been upgraded since that message was posted.
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Old 01-29-05, 08:41 AM   #39
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There is a critical step that must be performed before proceeding with the nVidia-installer-HOWTO.

As background you are about to build a kernel module driver and support libraries against and insert into a live running system. Therefore you will need to have the kernel sources installed on your system. If this is done using YAST then the additional tools such as make etc. will also get installed. Also be very sure to install the package kernel-syms as this is not installed by default.

For starters exit X and bring the system into run level 3. This is required as X may not be running in order to install the new driver.

Cd to /usr/src/linux and as root run the following command "make cloneconfig". This will configure the kernel sources against the currently installed and running kernel. You may now proceed with the rest of the instructions laid down in the nVidia-installer-HOWTO.

My own suggestion here is to choose change configuration when sax2 starts up. Take a good look at the options available and test the configuration before commiting it.

Sax2 writes it's output to /etc/X11/XF86Config. However under Xorg when the xserver starts it looks for a file /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Therefore ensure that xorg.conf is a soft link pointing to XF86Config.

Also take note that the above will need to be repeated if you upgrade any of the following in the future:
1. the video driver
2. the xserver
3. the kernel.

Further sax2 may not yet have a definition for your card. Attached is my config to be used as a template. You will need to modify it in accordance with the contents of the README on the driver download page. Please also note that it is probably to your benefit to upgrade your Xserver packages. These can be found in the supplementary folder on most SuSE ftp mirrors.

I hope this dispells a lot of confusion.
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Old 02-05-05, 11:55 AM   #40
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You will need to upgrade your Xorg to version 6.8.2RC3. The files can be found on most SuSE ftp mirrors in the supplementary folder. This only applies to the 6629 driver as this is the first driver with support for these cards. Please keep in mind that support for these cards will improve with future releases of both Xorg and nVidia drivers.
Also note that Xorg 6.8.2RC3 will replace the xorg.conf file in /etc/X11. However sax2 stores it's settings in /etc/X11/XF86Config. Therefore it is required to remove xorg.conf and replace it with a soft link to XF86Config. For those new to GNU/Linux this can be done from the command line thusly:
cd /etc/X11
rm xorg.conf
ln -s XF86Config xorg.conf

As of 02/11/05 SuSE has made available Xorg version 6.8.2. You are stongly advised to upgrade all required packages.
I see that many are still having extreme problems installing and upgrading both Xorg and nVidia drivers. I would like to add the following steps to try. Download all required files. Bring the system into runlevel 3. Install the Xorg packages with "rpm -Uvh --nodeps --force *.rpm". Cd to /etc/X11 and "rm XF86Config". Then "cp xorg.conf XF86Config". Then "ln -s XF86Config xorg.conf". Now edit XF86Config and in the device section edit the driver to read "nv". Now run the nVidia installer (6111 or 6629 depending on which you have installed) with the --uninstall suffix. Rather than brining the system back to runlevel 5 just type "startx". This should start the X server. Now run the yast online update and reinstall the 6111 driver. Right afterwards start yast and go to "hardware" and select "graphics card". This is the same as starting sax2 from the command line. I have found that this step for some reason is required to get things initialized. There should be no need to try to setup parameters for your card yet. Now logoff of X. Run the nVidia installer for the 6629 driver and then run sax2. With any luck things will come right up for you
That's it. Have Fun.
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