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Old 02-16-2005, 09:42 AM   #1
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Nvidia driver gives e strange results


I am using an HP Pavilionn ZV5000 laptop
I have a mobile Ahlon-XP 3000+, a GeForce4 420 Go video card, a display with a native resolution of 1280x800(sorry, i cant find more specific details for it). I am using Gentoo with the 2.6.10 kernel, and Nvidia's latest drivers( the 6229 i believe).
When i switch to the nvidia driver from the default drivers, I dont get a coherent display. I get a gray rectangle along the bottom of the screen, behind the gray rectangle the left 2/3 of the screen is blue, and the remainder is black. After KDE has had enough time to load the blue portion of the screen gets a bunch of grey lines running through it. Has anyone seen anything like this before?
 
Old 02-17-2005, 01:30 AM   #2
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Gee ..

thats scary. i believe the nvidia drivers need some special setting for working properly on a lcd or tft screen. did you also follow the instructions about removing load "DRI" from the x configuration files. try re-reading the instructions in text mode and see if there is any wel-hidden setting thats suposed to be set.
 
Old 02-17-2005, 03:52 AM   #3
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Hello,

I recently got a system with a Riva Tnt card, and procedded to install the nvidia drivers. I'm running debian sarge, anyways, I tried the debian way, at http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debian-nVidia/, everything thing went okay, however when I tried to start xwindows, fluxbox would come up, and the display would be all messed up, it wouldn't refresh right. So I read online that the new drivers are messed up for some cards, so I tried the drivers before the new one, and did a manual install of the old drivers and everything is okay.

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Old 02-17-2005, 04:23 AM   #4
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The new NVidia drivers don't work fine with TNT2 based cards. You will have to use the 6111 driver.
 
Old 02-17-2005, 04:46 PM   #5
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Same laptop series same problem, anyway I got display working properly after trying installing a Suse 9.2/ftp edition from a magazine coverdisk and messing around with the suse configuration programme and turning off "virtual resolution". Now I don't know if it was this or as mentioned previously, going back to the 6111 version of the driver that did the trick, but it's working now - widescreen and all.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 12:05 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I didn't have DRI loading. The monitor has worked all along with the default nv drivers, just not with the nvidia driver. Ive tried switching to the older 6111 but it doesn't seem to want to install on this system. Im currently looking over in the Gentoo forums to see if it does anything funky when it emerges the drivers that would cause the inability to install the old ones, and yes I did uninstall the new ones before trying to put in the 6111. Is there any information I could obtain that would help fgure this out.
In a sightly related note, whenever X is running my virtual consoles dont function properly. They look like an old TV picking up static with no vertical hold, though I can switch back to X without a problem. I get this even with Knoppix, but not the Gentoo LiveCD.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 12:30 PM   #7
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if you are using a 2.6.x kernel, you may need a patched version of the nvidia 6111 driver. just search on google and you are bound to find it.
 
Old 03-03-2005, 09:16 AM   #8
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options nvidia NVreg_Mobile=0

Put this line in /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia*
this is usually the fix if you're using vnvidia '6629 driver
This should detect the correct modeline for the display
 
Old 03-17-2005, 02:09 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the help everyone. I finally had time to try out some of your suggestions. Using a standard 6111 driver with a little tweaking of the default color depth got my hardware acceleration working perfectly.
 
Old 03-17-2005, 10:25 AM   #10
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The newest drivers 7167 work fine with TNT2 cards without any tweaks.
 
  


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