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Old 07-20-2007, 11:23 PM   #1
kevinfishburne
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Unhappy is the XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX compatible with Ubuntu 7.04 and nVidia binary driver?


I tried posting in another forum and got no joy, so I thought maybe someone here would have some insight. I've been through a lot of stuff to make sure I'm doing it properly, and as soon as I post this I'm going to install (gag) Windows XP Pro on an external HDD on the same system just to make sure the card isn't broken. Basically X crashes and freezes the system, showing only a black screen at some point trying to load the NV_GLX extension. I've tried multiple versions of the nVidia binary driver and two ways of installing it. The complete sad story including log files is found here:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...49#post1315249

I hope I'm not breaking forum rules by posting that, but I didn't want to have to recreate the entire fiasco here. The bitter irony of the situation is that I just sold my ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512 MB for this card, because the drivers were so bad for it, and I foolishly assumed that any modern nVidia card would rock out on my Ubuntu installation. So far the nVidia card actually is far worse since I can only use the nv driver. :/ Thanks so much all.

Kevin
 
Old 07-21-2007, 12:47 AM   #2
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Unfortunately there is an infinite chain of links in those links which prevented me from spending the rest of my life reading them all. Those that I did view I only skimmed through them, so pardon me if I did not see anything relevant to my suggestion. I heard that you need to use the beta drivers for that card.
 
Old 07-21-2007, 04:11 AM   #3
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You are a funny guy. I was hoping you'd fall prey to my infinite loop trap but you were too clever.

I swapped out hdd's and installed Windows XP Pro, installed all "critical" updates, the latest nVidia driver from their site, Far Cry, Oblivion, and patched both games with the most recent update. Both games after about five minutes of play briefly froze and appeared to swap large blocks of vram. This happened several more times until the game froze completely, after which Windows reported the NV driver had an error. I rebooted and was able to recreate the problem. I know my RAM, BIOS, and PCIe slot are fine, so it looks like some asshole on ebay tried to pull a fast one on me. I'm speaking to XFX customer support about their warranty/RMA policy so hopefully they'll take care of it.

I have another problem though, why does this eventually crash when I run it in GWBASIC? I can't figure it out and it's driving me crazy. If I can figure it out I'm going to move up to QuickBASIC 4.5, I hear it's the bomb.

100 print "Hello World!!!"
110 gosub 100

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