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I'm running Debian Sarge with Linux 2.6.8, KDE 3.2.3, and XFree86 4.3.0 on a system with a GeForce FX 5500. When I installed NVidia drivers (using Andrew's Debian-nVidia HOWTO), glxgears worked and appeared accelerated; however, every other OpenGL application I tried either displayed a black screen or wouldn't start at all. In addition, the entire system would freeze -- mouse movement worked, but that was it -- after just a few minutes of being turned on. What might be going on here?
Wow never read that HOWTO. Seems like a long way of doing it to me. I got my NVIDIA drivers working by simply recompiling the kernel and then installing the NVIDIA driver using the bog-standard NVIDIA installer from the NVIDIA website. Not had a single stability issue.
I've got the same set-up as you too (KDE 3.2, XFree 4.3, Kernel 2.6.8.
I had the same problem I was caused by agpgart loading the wrong drivers, check your /etc/modules (post it just in case), you should have agpgart and nvidia-agp
thats the combination that worked for me
Thanks for the help, everyone. I tried adding nvidia-agp and agpgart to /etc/modules, but that didn't seem to help.
Just in case, here's /etc/modules:
# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
# This file should contain the names of kernel modules that are
# to be loaded at boot time, one per line. Comments begin with
# a "#", and everything on the line after them are ignored.
What version of nvidia driver did you installed? It seems the latest version has problems with 2.6 kernel series.
I've succesfully installed nvidia-ver-6111 on my freshly installed Debian (2.4.27). The problem I found is the driver did not compile because of a "bug" in the Debian kernel. After a simple patch on the nvidia driver it is working properly.
I've also added the line
just after agpgart in my /etc/modules.preload.
Hope this helps
i got 1-0-6629 nvidia drivers for 6600gt agp card.
My issue is that GLX seems to fail on X startup
I just got kernel modules nvidia, agpgart and sis-agp to work (thru 'cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/status'). All libGL files seems to be inplace. But X will not load (through 'startx). It will load if i comment "glx" out of the modules section of /etc/X11/XF86config-4
So i figure there is a problem with GLX. glxinfo wont run (coz it never initialises). X crashes with 'caught signal 11' and no helpful EE messages in X log.
I had kernel 2.6.5-1-686 testing and have upgraded to 2.6.8-1-686 which fixed the agp to work.