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X works fine with the kernel 2.6.5 supplied driver "nv".
But I want to use 3D modelling programs and play games.
So I installed:
and changed my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 accordingly (it is listed below).
When I write "startx" everything is fine, the Nvidia logo is displayed and X starts.
After some time though, the screen freezes/locks - but music continues in the background.
Has anybody got a clue on what to do ??
Thanks a bunch!
# XF86Config-4 (XFree86 X server configuration file) generated by dexconf, the
# Debian X Configuration tool, using values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the XF86Config-4 manual page.
# (Type "man XF86Config-4" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xfree86 package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xfree86
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following commands as root:
# cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.custom
# md5sum /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 > /var/lib/xfree86/XF86Config-4.md5sum
# dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
FontPath "unix/:7100" # local font server
# if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
I am running X.org or Xfree on gentoo with a similar problem, my X would consume 95-99% of system
(from top) shortly after starting X. nv did NOT lock it up.
nv however does not support dual head cards, only multiple single cards ( or so I read on another forum)
Anyhow, here is the config change that I believe solved the problem:
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "31.0-80.0"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "51.0-76.0"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "RightOf"
Option "MetaModes" "1600x1200,1600x1200"
BoardName "5900SE AGP"
Option "NvAGP" "0" #*** Here seems to be the magic, turning off AGP***
I also did the following which I believe was unnecessary:
Turned off ACPI and APIC support from kernel command line. Moved from XFree to
X.org, switched from gnome to kde, re-emerged glib ( stderr reported a critical error in glib, which apparently was unrelated), upgraded my kernel from 2.4 to 2.6.7, with minimal config options. Added agpart to kernel, removed all modules from XF86config except glx, removed complaining font paths, changed my mouse config.
You get the idea, I tried everything I could think of, so I hope that you can afford to turn off the AGP. You could also play with the level of option, see README that you get when you download driver from nvidia. I personally have no
interest in games or the like on this system only large spreadsheets.
Hope this helps. Please update thread with your results.
What section of the BIOS did "optimal values" apply to? I'd like to try this in my BIOS if I have a similar feature.
I'm running on an old ASUS MB with a 900MHz Thunderbird, so I doubt my BIOS has the exact same setting, but if directed maybe I can find my BIOS's equivalent.