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Old 07-31-2004, 12:12 PM   #1
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Question Nvidia error on exiting X - screen scrambled


Hi all!

Just installed Slackware 10 and tried to install the new Nvidia drivers, I use an old card (TNT2) and had little difficulty setting up the card in 9.1.

The problem is two-fold. First and worst is the fact that whenever I exit X, the screen becomes scrambled and unreadable, even though I can still "shutdown now" and reboot. The drivers work fine when inside X, except;

(problem #2)....that I cannot seem to get the modes higher than 1024x768 to work. I have written them into the xorg.conf - file, but the only response I got was that my 1024x768 mode stopped working, and that 800x600 became the highest resolution available.

(and if you have the answer to these questions, perhaps you could tell me if there are any differences in how to install the TV-out plug in this version of Slack/Nvidia drivers?)

All input is appreciated.....(and correct output from my screencard even more so...

PS. I have followed (or at least tried to follow) the directions in both this site and the nVidia site to get this working, but I have simply discarded the driver, given that I use textmode without X a lot, and don't want to reboot everytime I exit X.
 
Old 07-31-2004, 12:41 PM   #2
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Why not use xterm?
 
Old 07-31-2004, 01:08 PM   #3
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Not the solution I was looking for..:)

I can run consoles form within X, but this was not my plan....also the other issues are wierd, and should not happen, according to my head....if nobody else is experiencing the same thing, I must have done something wrong somewhere....right?
 
Old 07-31-2004, 01:22 PM   #4
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My friend is experiencing something similar.. He runs slack10 w/ 2.6.7.. but ATI drivers. When he exit's X, this screen is compeltly scrambled (actually looks like just square grids or something), and the machine is totaly locked (No remote access, no input, no anything.. dead in the water). Does your screen become scrambled like that?
 
Old 07-31-2004, 01:28 PM   #5
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Hmm...guess I should have stopped somewhere...

Well, it would seem I should have stopped somewhere......tried to change the xorg.conf file to complete the setup and choose all the right settings, but then suddenly I had a system crash upon exit, which actually managed to fill my xorg.conf - file with a webpage from linuxquestions.org (amazing.. ) , and after this, even when I install the original xorg.conf-vesa file, everything hangs everytime I exit X...

Hmmm....anybody?
 
Old 07-31-2004, 05:49 PM   #6
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Scrambling

SomeGuy:

Yes, the screen scrambled, and appeared like when you try to show a image beyond the screen capacity, with squares and horizontal shapes. But the machine was alive, I could write, issue commands and shutdown the box with no problem. (well, apart from not seing anything...) The screen also changes when I write, but nothing sensible appears.

It appears I have now solved the problem though, now nothing is scrambled.....but everything hangs anyway, immediatly after I attempt to logoff, everything comes to a halt. I am using the Nvidia driver though, and hope I can find a sokution to the problem somewhere along the way. Will post here if I find out anything, or (hopefully) someone else will..

All ideas are welcome...
 
Old 07-31-2004, 05:51 PM   #7
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Try looking around for some patchs, as well as install 2.6.7.. some stuff like that might fix it. Worth a try I guess.
 
Old 08-02-2004, 03:44 AM   #8
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Thumbs up Aha....a solution?

Hey, installing the newest kernel did the trick.

I had some minor issues while doing it, but I guess that is because of my lack of competence in choosing all the right bits and pieces....now everything starts up fine though.

I also found that the problem was only when exiting KDE, not X. When I chose another window manager, everything went ok.

Now I only have one more issue, (for now), and that is that I compiled the modules I needed inside the kernel, instead of using the option of putting them as modules. Everything works, sound, picture and all, but I get error messages upon startup telling me that it cannot find the modules (agpart, some alsa-bits like seq and mix, and some other.) that used to be external from the kernel. I also installed the latest build of Alsa.

Is it safe to edit the startup to not include these modules, now that I have everything working anyway, or should I recompile the kernel with these modules as externals?

If I should remove them, where is the easiest place to do this?

Anyway, thanks for your help!
 
Old 08-02-2004, 12:13 PM   #9
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Ahh, well that's good then m8. agpart / alsa were embeded into the kerenel? Hummmm.... It should work fine. You can try putting them as a module, recompile + reboot and such, then running,

modprobe agpgart
modprobe alsa-modules-here....

Then to double check, run

lsmod

and it should show you if they are loaded.. and in use(alsa should be used... but agpgart / nvidia should not be in use untill X is started).
 
Old 08-02-2004, 05:28 PM   #10
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Ok, I'll give it a try, I have to recompile anyway....cdrom not working... (Guess i forgot some Ide_cd and such...)

Have to give it some tries until I get it right though....would be nice to have a good source of what to include and not to include form the kernel though, I'm not that sharp on what to embed and what to run as modules and whatnot....
 
Old 08-02-2004, 10:37 PM   #11
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Ahh, hehehe.. Awesome.

Well, basically, graphics / audio / perpherials i put as modules (This is just me, I don't have the best understanding either)... and motherboard / lower-level drirvesr into the kerenl (scsi support, etc..). But do as yah want, but try alsa as modules.
 
Old 08-03-2004, 07:28 PM   #12
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Hmm...

Ok, recompiled the kernel, and think it got better, at least...got fewer error messages, but I am still unsure about the ide_cd and ide_scsi modules, it cannot seem to find them upon boot, but I have yet to setup my cdroms correctly as well, so this could be because of me...but I did not see these error messages with the previous kernel...

I also get an error message stating that oss-compability has failed, but I excluded these modules, since the kernel help files stated that it was obsolete. Is it a good idea to compile these as well?

Guess I have a bit of tweaking to do... Will look for your answers though, and continue in another thread...guess I wandered a bit off subject here...

Thank you for all help so far!
 
  


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