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Old 08-30-2002, 05:11 PM   #1
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VIrtual Console Garbled


I was using the standard kernel that comes with rh 7.3 (2.4.18-5) until I last night when I built and booted a kernel with NTFS support built in. I used the standard config file and changed *just* the NTFS(read-only) option to 'y'. Now I can mount my winxp hard-drive and all is well and good.

The way I enter X is thru startx - (xinitrc). Now when I try to go to any virtual console other than the one I'm in, the screen turns into a garbled fuzz . (Even tty1 where I logged in from to start the X server.) It restores my one graphical console ( where X is running ) fine though.

Think the kernel would've done it?
 
Old 08-30-2002, 05:44 PM   #2
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It may be because of the kernel, but it's hard to say. Have you used make modules; make modules_install? Have you changed the version number of your new kernel (to differ from the old one)?
But I think it's something with XFree configuration (it may be related, a problem with DRI module can cause problems). BTW What graphic card driver do you use? Compiled with your kernel or a separate one (from NVIDIA, for example)?
 
Old 08-30-2002, 06:03 PM   #3
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Here's what I used

make clean
make xconfig
make dep
make
make bzImage
make modules
make install
make modules_install
lilo - to make the map point to the new kernel.

yes. my new kernel is named 2.4.18-5custom and accesses the freshly built modules under /lib/modules/2.4.18-5custom

My card is NVidia GeForce2 MX. I have always used the driver in the kernel modules.

Here are the relevant portions of my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-buffering
Load "GLcore" # OpenGL support
Load "dri" # Direct rendering infrastructure
Load "glx" # OpenGL X protocol interface
Load "extmod" # Misc. required extensions
Load "v4l" # Video4Linux
# Load "record" # X event recorder
# You only need the following two modules if you do not use xfs.
# Load "freetype" # TrueType font handler
# Load "type1" # Adobe Type 1 font handler
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "My Monitor"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "Unknown"
HorizSync 31.5 - 82.0
VertRefresh 50-100
Modeline "1280x1024" 135.00 1280 1316 1460 1684 1024 1025 1028 106
6 +HSync +VSync
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
Driver "nv"
BoardName "Unknown"
VideoRam 65536
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Linux Frame Buffer"
Driver "fbdev"
BoardName "Unknown"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
Monitor "My Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection


Do you think I should try the NVidia driver?!
 
Old 08-30-2002, 07:28 PM   #4
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I am getting it sometimes too, I haven't found a solution other than blindly typing reset in tty. I don't know what can cause this - the system underwent a couple of kernel incarnations(I guess six, from stock RH7.2 - 2.4.7-10 to 2.5.20) , and I am using NVIDIA drivers all alone. I only can say that it is happening after a week or so of uptime, but fresh consoles (with login prompt) are not affected though.
 
Old 08-30-2002, 09:04 PM   #5
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Yup. I'd tried resetting the terminal. That didnt do it for me.

Neo .. can you send me your XF86Config-4? Just curious to see if we can find a coincidence.

Also, is there a way we can find some info about the card from the X server ( without disturbing the current conf files, if possible ) to see if they match what we know about the card?

Last edited by nxny; 08-30-2002 at 09:08 PM.
 
Old 08-31-2002, 09:50 PM   #6
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I was playing around with my XF86config-4. I removed the VideoRam 65536 and that seems to have fixed it ( the virtual consoles are no longer garbled) I'm still using kernel drivers.

Neo, Thanks for sending me your config file. I suspect that the problem you're having is from the NVidia Driver set. Do you want to try just using the kernel drivers?

The only entry under my /proc/driver is rtc. That seems unrelated.
 
Old 08-31-2002, 10:11 PM   #7
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I am using an NVIDIA card in my another machine which runs gentoo - without any problems whatsoever, I really would like to keep hardware accelerated drivers provided by NVIDIA, so it is not a big deal for me to reset tty's once a week or so. As for the /proc entries I assumed you've installed NVIDIA drivers, obviously, I didn't read thorough your post, sorry.
 
  


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