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View Poll Results: How do YOU run xorg?
Xorg and nvidia's drivers, no problem.
Xorg and the default drivers. 3d acceleration? What's that?
Still using Xfree86... and driving a c. 1980's volvo. But hey, it works.
I've struggled and strained and fought the good fight with the nvidia drivers on xfree... and eventually got them working. Sigh...
Because I love pain, i thought it would be a good idea to see what all this fuss is with xorg, and give it a shot. (but who am i kidding, i want a transparant xterm!)
---The short version---
Upgrading to xorg v6.7.0 won't load X with "nvidia" (drivers v1.0.6111) but will with the "nv" in xorg.conf. Xorg's error:
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics Device!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): ***Aborting***
(II) UnloadingModule: "nvidia"
(II) UnloadingModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
Fatal server error:
no screens found
---Stuff that probably doesn't matter, but who knows---
I have a geforce3, 64mb card. When last emerging world I accidentally downgraded my nvidia drivers (to 1.0.5336, which broke before) so i re-upgraded to 1.0.6111. The reason for not using the defaults is, or was, that the 5336's required turning off 4k stacks (or something) in the 2.6 kernel - the latest fixed that.
Anyway - So i just installed the latest nvidia-kernel-mod. I modprobed, env-updated and even opengl-updated, and everything seems fine. /dev/nvidia0 is there, and in the xorg output it seems like the module loads just fine.
and I have (almost) the latest xorg (v6.7.0-r1) installed fresh ala emerge. I've since env-updated and source /etc/profile (what exactly does that do anyway!? - and do i need to do it on each term seperately?). So X worked fine after setting it up with defaults in from xorgconfig. The only changes i've made to the .conf since are:
#Load "glx" -------------------> Load "glx"
2)and to change "nv" to "nvidia" in the "Device" section.
Identifier "NVIDIA is teh sux"
Driver "nv" ----now reads---> Driver "nvidia
... (commented out)
I might have just missed something, or forgotten a step, or needed to google one last time... but I feel like if this is a common problem with a pretty common setup (gentoo/xorg/nvidia) then it should be (but isn't!) documented all over the place.
A final note, X loads/work fine with "nv"(default drivers), so that seems to imply most things are good. Just wondering if anyone has had success with xorg and nvidia drivers (esp with a geforce 3), or if you have any other wisdom to share.
WE HAVE LIFTOFF!!
Got the nvidia screen at startup, everything looks peachy keen.
So yeah - disabling "Direct Rendering Manager" is a must if you want to run xorg + nvidia (though it seems xfree cared not).
Ok then, enough madness, now it's time for bio labs!