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Old 05-15-2006, 08:43 PM   #1
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SuSe 10 64AMD Nvidia SLI mini guidance please


I am building a powerful game box with the following system specs:

AMD 939 chip 3800+ (yes that is the DC 64bit)
2G PC3200 SuperTalent Ram
Nvidia 6800 eXtreem 256M PCI-e SLI mode
Asus A8N-SLI Premium

SuSe 10 retail

I was reading on the Nvidia HOWTO for configuring SLI and came accross this link

http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/L...ppendix-w.html

It states I can run the following command, but i do not understand what it is telling me AND when/were to run it:

% nvidia-xconfig --sli=on

so do i have to be root, can i run that as user, do i run it 1 time, do i run it every time i want/need SLI?

some little guidance please and thank you.
 
Old 05-15-2006, 08:53 PM   #2
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"SLI is enabled by setting the "SLI" option in the X configuration file; see Appendix D, X Config Options for more details about the SLI option.

The nvidia-xconfig utility can be used to set the SLI option, rather than modifying the X configuration file by hand. For example:

% nvidia-xconfig --sli=on"

Seems pretty clear. Either edit x config file manually, or run "nvidia-xconfig --sli=on" to add that to the x config. Sounds like it's a one time operation.
 
Old 05-15-2006, 09:09 PM   #3
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Code:
 su -
Password:
linux:~ # % nvidia-xconfig -sli=on
-bash: fg: %: no such job
so i goofed someplace. i will go back and look at the CLI manual edit of the xorg.conf file. very new to SuSe (first day) and still semi new to Linux and very new with Linux and hardware and even more of a newbie when it comes to SLI. this is my FIRST time touching the stuff.

still i like how easy SuSe is to install and get up and running. i did have to edit the xorg.conf to get the graphics to work. for what ever reason SuSe left the vesa and other stuff in the xorg.conf i had to # those out and add the "nvidia" under drivers. once i did that i have a very wounderful looking screen giving me roughly 12k FPS with glxgears. now to get sli working *grins*
 
Old 05-15-2006, 09:23 PM   #4
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just to be on the safe side, as i have no clue YET if i have SLI configured properly. i have reset /etc/init.d/xdm restart so X has restarted after i made the changes to the xorg.conf file and here it is for review.

Code:
# /.../
# SaX generated X11 config file
# Created on: 2006-05-15T21:52:14-0400.
#
# Version: 7.1
# Contact: Marcus Schaefer <sax@suse.de>, 2002
#
# Automatically generated by [ISaX] (7.1)
# PLEASE DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE!
#

Section "Files"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/URW"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/PEX"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin7/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/baekmuk:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/japanese:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/kwintv"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/uni:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ucs/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/hellas/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/sgi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/xtest"
  FontPath     "/opt/kde3/share/fonts"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
  Option       "AllowMouseOpenFail"
EndSection

Section "Module"
  Load         "type1"
  Load         "dbe"
  Load         "freetype"
  Load         "glx"
  Load         "v4l"
  Load         "extmod"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "kbd"
  Identifier   "Keyboard[0]"
  Option       "Protocol" "Standard"
  Option       "XkbLayout" "us"
  Option       "XkbModel" "pc104"
  Option       "XkbRules" "xfree86"
EndSection


Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "mouse"
  Identifier   "Mouse[1]"
  Option       "Buttons" "5"
  Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option       "Name" "Logitech Trackball"
  Option       "Protocol" "explorerps/2"
  Option       "Vendor" "Sysp"
  Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection


Section "Monitor"
  HorizSync    28-48
  Identifier   "Monitor[0]"
  ModelName    "1024X768@60HZ"
  Option       "DPMS"
  VendorName   "--> VESA"
  VertRefresh  50-60
  UseModes     "Modes[0]"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
  HorizSync    30-40
  Identifier   "Monitor[1]"
  ModelName    "Unknown"
  VendorName   "Unknown"
  VertRefresh  43-75
  UseModes     "Modes[1]"
EndSection


Section "Modes"
  Identifier   "Modes[0]"
  Modeline      "1280x800" 80.58 1280 1344 1480 1680 800 801 804 827
  Modeline      "1280x768" 77.37 1280 1344 1480 1680 768 769 772 794
  Modeline      "1024x768" 61.89 1024 1080 1184 1344 768 769 772 794
  Modeline      "800x600" 36.88 800 832 912 1024 600 601 604 621
  Modeline      "768x576" 33.74 768 792 872 976 576 577 580 596
  Modeline      "640x480" 23.06 640 656 720 800 480 481 484 497
  Modeline      "1024x768" 65.0 1024 1048 1184 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
EndSection

Section "Modes"
  Identifier   "Modes[1]"
EndSection


Section "Screen"
  DefaultDepth 24
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      15
    Modes      "default"
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      16
    Modes      "default"
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      24
    Modes      "default"
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      32
    Modes      "default"
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      8
    Modes      "default"
  EndSubSection
  Device       "Device[0]"
  Identifier   "Screen[0]"
  Monitor      "Monitor[0]"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
  DefaultDepth 16
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      16
    Modes      "default"
  EndSubSection
  Device       "Device[1]"
  Identifier   "Screen[1]"
  Monitor      "Monitor[1]"
EndSection


Section "Device"
  BoardName    "Framebuffer Graphics"
  BusID        "1:0:0"
  Driver       "nvidia"
  Option        "SLI"   "1"
  Identifier   "Device[0]"
#  VendorName   "VESA"
EndSection

Section "Device"
  BoardName    "Framebuffer Graphics"
  BusID        "2:0:0"
  Driver       "nvidia"
  Identifier   "Device[1]"
#  VendorName   "VESA"
EndSection


Section "ServerLayout"
  Identifier   "Layout[all]"
  InputDevice  "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
  InputDevice  "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
  Option       "Clone" "off"
  Option       "Xinerama" "off"
  Screen       "Screen[0]"
  Screen       "Screen[1]" RightOf "Screen[0]"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
    Group      "video"
    Mode       0660
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
EndSection
now if i understand correct the option "SLI" "1" should turn on SLI, but do i need to do that for both cards, or just the 1st one in the list?
 
Old 05-16-2006, 12:35 AM   #5
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more problems *frowns* SuSe does not seem to be liking my vid cards. nothing is showing up as the correct card.


Code:
scanpci

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x00 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x005e
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x01 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x0050
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x01 function 0x01: vendor 0x10de device 0x0052
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x02 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x005a
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x02 function 0x01: vendor 0x10de device 0x005b
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x04 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x0059
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x06 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x0053
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x07 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x0054
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x08 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x0055
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x09 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x005c
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x0a function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x0057
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x0b function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x005d
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x0c function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x005d
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x0d function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x005d
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x0e function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x005d
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x18 function 0x00: vendor 0x1022 device 0x1100
 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x18 function 0x01: vendor 0x1022 device 0x1101
 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x18 function 0x02: vendor 0x1022 device 0x1102
 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge

pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x18 function 0x03: vendor 0x1022 device 0x1103
 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge

pci bus 0x0001 cardnum 0x00 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x00c3
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0002 cardnum 0x00 function 0x00: vendor 0x10de device 0x00c3
 nVidia Corporation  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0005 cardnum 0x0a function 0x00: vendor 0x1095 device 0x3114
 CMD Technology Inc  Device unknown

pci bus 0x0005 cardnum 0x0b function 0x00: vendor 0x104c device 0x8023
 Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)

pci bus 0x0005 cardnum 0x0c function 0x00: vendor 0x11ab device 0x4320
 Galileo Technology Ltd.  Device unknown
someplace in that list should be my 2 Nvidia GeForce 6800 eXtreem vid cards, but they are not there for me to see. to many Device unknown for my liking.

how do i get around this, get Linux to see and detect my cards correctly and go from there?
 
Old 05-16-2006, 11:26 AM   #6
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an other thing i want to note. for some reason my mouse can leave the screen on the right hand side. it can get lost over there in fact it is as if i have more screen, but nothing apears over there and i am not having to side scroll to see my full task bar (for lack of a better term) in KDE.

my clock is in the bottom right hand corner as it should be as is the > to minimize that bar, but my mouse can go off the screen over there...

is that part of the issue?
 
Old 05-16-2006, 11:28 AM   #7
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might as well add my lsmod to this list of info:

Code:
lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
iptable_filter         19968  0
ip_tables              39936  1 iptable_filter
parport_pc             62192  1
lp                     30912  0
parport                61324  2 parport_pc,lp
udf                   106016  0
freq_table             22912  0
edd                    28704  0
snd_pcm_oss            87328  0
snd_mixer_oss          38272  1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_seq                88920  0
snd_seq_device         27152  1 snd_seq
snd_intel8x0           57376  0
snd_ac97_codec        133828  1 snd_intel8x0
snd_ac97_bus           19584  1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_pcm               137608  3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
snd_timer              47240  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd                    96768  8 snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore              28448  1 snd
snd_page_alloc         29456  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
af_packet              59532  2
joydev                 28672  0
st                     60584  0
sr_mod                 36260  0
ipv6                  367808  264
nls_utf8               18944  0
hfsplus               102408  0
vfat                   32768  0
fat                    75312  1 vfat
subfs                  26752  1
button                 24992  0
battery                28552  0
ac                     22920  0
usbhid                 67616  0
ide_cd                 62624  0
cdrom                  57528  2 sr_mod,ide_cd
nvidia               4393184  20
floppy                 91656  0
sk98lin               222060  0
ohci1394               54092  0
ieee1394              137976  1 ohci1394
skge                   59408  0
shpchp                117928  0
pci_hotplug            48528  1 shpchp
ohci_hcd               40196  0
forcedeth              39424  0
ehci_hcd               54280  0
generic                22148  0 [permanent]
usbcore               159796  4 usbhid,ohci_hcd,ehci_hcd
i2c_nforce2            24960  0
i2c_core               42112  1 i2c_nforce2
dm_mod                 83024  0
ext3                  170768  3
jbd                    94272  1 ext3
fan                    22408  0
thermal                34316  0
processor              50568  1 thermal
sg                     60080  0
sata_sil               28036  0
sata_nv                28036  4
libata                 74376  2 sata_sil,sata_nv
amd74xx                32304  0 [permanent]
sd_mod                 37376  5
scsi_mod              181176  5 st,sr_mod,sg,libata,sd_mod
ide_disk               36096  0
ide_core              179256  4 ide_cd,generic,amd74xx,ide_disk
not sure if that will help, but there it is...

and here is more info telling me that suse does not know what my card is *frown*

Code:
cat /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/1
Model:           Unknown
IRQ:             82
Video BIOS:      05.41.02.48.06
Card Type:       PCI-E
ray@linux:~> cat /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0
Model:           Unknown
IRQ:             233
Video BIOS:      05.41.02.48.05
Card Type:       PCI-E
what more info do you need to help you help me.

thanks.
 
  


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