Suse 9.1 increasingly ustable: NVIDIA & Alsa
I installed SuSE 9.1 on a freshly formatted (Reiser) partition. Had a heck of a time installing the Nvidia drivers for a TNT2 M64 AGP card. At first I couldn't get Yast Online Update to work, so I downloaded the most recent Nvidia driver for the 2.6 kernel and installed it myself from runlevel 3, and changed XF86Config to reflect the new driver. Just like I always have done in Slackware.
It worked fine until I logged out of X, when the system froze completely. No keyboard, no TTYs, nothing. Rebooted OK, except no Nvidia splash screen and Yast showed 3D as disabled. I tried to uninstall the driver but got an error message that the driver didn't exist (or something to that effect.) Eventually I downloaded the driver and installed it through Yast and Sax. Got 3D enabled finally. All was good, until I logged out of X. Hard crash again. Ctrl+Alt+F1 shows a screen full of colorful vertical lines. Can't get to the commandline. All the other consoles are just black and blank. If I started from Runlevel 3, I can't get back into X with Ctrl+Alt+F7. If I started from Runlevel 5, I CAN do a Ctrl+Alt+F7 to get back to the KDM screen.
While all this is going on, I can't save the Alsa settings for my husband's user account. They save OK in my user account, though, and we have the same permissions and setup. And for awhile, I could play music CDs in my account, but not in his. Now, my account can't see the /dev/cdrom, either.
I read somewhere that using different compilers for Alsa or Nvidia from the one used to compile the kernel can cause instabilities. Is all this stuff connected in some way? This week has been no fun. I'm ready to go back to Slack, and hope I can set it up to see his Windows98 partitions.
I'm using a VIA KM266 Chipset, As-Rock K7VM2 MoBo with a Duron 1300 CPU. TNT2-M64 AGP. Tell me what to post and I will. Thanks!