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Old 04-28-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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X fails to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device

When I run startx after booting up my machine, X fails to initialise the nvidia device and does not start. I need to re-run the nvidia install package in order for X to start.

The package I run is

The end of the error log is:

(**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
(==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
(==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
(==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "TwinView" "0"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "MetaModes" "1680x1050 +0+0; nvidia-auto-select +0+0; 800x600 +0+0; 640x480 +0+0"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Enabling RENDER acceleration
(II) NVIDIA(0): Support for GLX with the Damage and Composite X extensions is
(II) NVIDIA(0): enabled.
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device!
(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
(II) UnloadModule: "wfb"
(II) UnloadModule: "fb"
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

When I re-run the package which recompiles the driver then I can launch the X window system.

Does anyone have any idea how this could be. I can't see what settings are being changed by re-running the package.

I had no problems until I tried to install the later version which I cannot get to work.

I'm a relative LINUX newbie but pretty computer savvy so keen to learn.

Old 04-28-2008, 09:07 PM   #2
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Re-installing the nvidia driver may not be necessary. As root, run the nvidia utility /usr/bin/nvidia-settings.

Note: nvidia-settings is in /usr/bin in my Suse distro. It may not be in the same location in yours.


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