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Old 04-25-2004, 01:24 AM   #1
odin123
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nvidia FX5200 and SuSE 9.0 Problems (latest driver)


Hi all,

Just installed SuSE 9.0 and downloaded the latest IA32 NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run file.
To run level 3, sh the file, all is fine.
When I rebooted I had the Nvidia logo and everything's ok, games are running in 3D.

But two things have happened since:
1. The "silent" boot mode has disappeared (the button is there, though), and I don't have the nice blue SuSE logo with the progress bar;

2. More seriously, whenever I restart/reboot/shutdown, the "black screen" scrolling fonts are HUGE, like 10 words max per screen and also garbled.

Any suggestion/help?
Thanks!
 
Old 04-27-2004, 05:26 AM   #2
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Hi,

My GeForce FX5200 had *huge* problems with the new NVIDIA drivers. On both MDK 9.2 and 10.0 (using hacked drivers for Kernel 2.6), 3D wouldn't, and other weird stuff happened.

In the end, I found that the NVIDIA beta 4496 drivers are the only ones that really work with my card chipset. Give them a shot -- it may be that the later drivers just don't like FX5200s.

(The 4496 work just as well as the later ones -- you shouldn't have performance issues or non-working features just because the 4496 drivers are a few months old.)

Cheers,
Tim
 
Old 04-27-2004, 07:17 AM   #3
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4996 just as bad!

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the reply!

Unfortunately, I tried the 4496 (not the beta, though), and it's even worse than the new drivers! The 5336 at least allowed me to "recognize" some of the HUGE fonts when back to console; with the 4496 I only see "snow"!

Cheers,
Odin
 
Old 04-27-2004, 08:24 AM   #4
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Ouch.

I don't use SuSE, but I read through a lot of NVIDIA driver documentation when I was wrestling with the drivers (that's before I worked out 4496 worked best for me), and I did read a lot of stuff about how the drivers cause problems in SuSE.

Are you using the NVIDIA drivers, or the SuSE NVIDIA package? Maybe that's the problem.

Sorry, that's just a shot in the dark.

Good luck!
Tim
 
Old 04-27-2004, 10:23 AM   #5
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Using the Nvidia drivers from nvidia.com

I've just updated my motherboard BIOS, a rather risky business, in case it changes anything, but no, still snowing when I exit X!

Will keep trying: I love SuSE 9.0, and I can't bring myself to abandon it just for this reason!

Thanks!
Odin
 
  


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