LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 12-28-2004, 05:29 PM   #1
kdogksu
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Kansas, United States
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 52

Rep: Reputation: 16
X windows not appearing, root window refresh problem


I just installed debian linux on an old K7 machine, and am having trouble getting X to work. My graphics card is an NV MX4000. I have downloaded and installed the most recent driver from nvidia, and updated the appropriate settings for the driver in XF86Config-4. I am using IceWM as my window manager. When I run startx, the NVIDIA splash screen appears and IceWM seems to start up okay; the toolbar appears, I can navigate the menus, and the clock runs. However, nothing on top of the root window appears to refresh. If I open the menu and then click elsewhere, the menu does not disappear. Running a windowed program (e.g. xterm) brings up the title bar for the program, but no window for the program. However, I am able to use the xterm (e.g. 'echo test > file.out' and check in console). The title bar itself has patches of pixel noise (i.e. seemingly random colored pixels in it). My .xinitrc file contains only 'icewm-session'. Any ideas? Sorry if this issue has been covered before... this is a hard issue to describe as a search string. Thanks!

Also:
XFree86 Version 4.3.0.1
Kernel 2.6.6
Debian - testing
 
Old 12-29-2004, 02:12 AM   #2
kdogksu
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Kansas, United States
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 52

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 16
Question

Still haven't figured this out.... I've tried lots of alterations in XF86Config-4 with no success. I've tried using vlwm and uwm window managers and both seem to have the same root refresh problem, so it's not the window manager. I can run graphical programs just fine: putting glxgears in my .xinitrc file (not running the wm) causes it to run on top of the nvidia splash screen that remains on the root window. It gets nearly 1000fps, which seems to indicate that 3d acceleration (and thus the nvidia driver) is working fine. I checked my kernel and framebuffer support is not compiled in, which is how it should be for nvidia drivers. I'm very much at a loss for what to do next. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
 
Old 12-29-2004, 05:40 AM   #3
beanerjo
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: New Zealand
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 40

Rep: Reputation: 15
I had the same problem with my NVidia TNT2. Strange is that I had no problem until one day I upgraded to X11R6.8, kernel 2.6, and to the latest nvidia driver. I changed kernel back to 2.4, but the problem was still there; I tried older nvidia drivers which used to work, but no avail. But I haven't tried with older X. I don't think it is related with window managers. (It worked slightly better with "Metacity+Gnome Panel" but was not perfect.) I rather think the problem comes from some shared libraries. (It may be the case I upgraded the libraries only partially.) Instead of spending more time and energy, I decided to simply use "nv" (in X) instead of "nvidia" (provided by NVidia) and give up some fancy features.

Last edited by beanerjo; 12-29-2004 at 05:46 AM.
 
Old 01-18-2005, 05:32 AM   #4
ncc1701
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
What nvidia drivers version are You using?
 
Old 01-18-2005, 06:39 PM   #5
beanerjo
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: New Zealand
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 40

Rep: Reputation: 15
At first 6106 was working, and then I tried 6629 but it didn't work. So I changed back to 6106 to find that it didn't work anymore! So I tried 5336 (I read about 5336 from some list, thanks), and now it is working.
 
Old 01-19-2005, 04:59 AM   #6
ncc1701
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
I had imilar problem with 6629, but 6111 is working fine.
 
Old 01-21-2005, 07:26 PM   #7
kdogksu
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Kansas, United States
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 52

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 16
6629 still gives me the same problem. I have tried 6111, but the kernel module will not install. It complains that __VMALLOC_RESERVE is an unknown symbol. This problem is noted in other places, and even has a patch. I tried the patch with no luck. It is a problem with 6111 and newer kernels. I have to use 2.6.9 or similar so that I can use the ivtv drivers for my capture card, so I can't use a different kernel. I also tried 5336, which is not supposed to have the VMALLOC_RESERVE problem, but I still get the same error. I have tried --extract-only and building myself, but still have the same problem. I have specified my source directory with --kernel-source-path, but that doesn't help. The driver builds fine (well, with lots of warnings, but no errors...), but cannot be installed. Any suggestiongs? Thanks!
 
Old 01-22-2005, 11:07 AM   #8
ncc1701
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
6111 compiled fine but there were two issues while loading module:
1. Unknown symbol __VMALLOC_RESERVE
2. Unknown synbol pci_find_class()
ad1.
edit nv.c and put there: unsigned int __VMALLOC_RESERVE
ad2.
edit nv.c and change all pci_find_class() to pci_get_class()

so extract, make changes and simply run installer.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dual Boot Problem: FC4 and Win XP; GRUB not appearing ZeroIdea Fedora - Installation 7 11-18-2005 10:50 PM
Dual Boot Problem: FC4 and XP Pro; GRUB not appearing sable.eminence Fedora - Installation 9 10-25-2005 11:49 AM
Switching window focus (like alt+tab in windows) and Ctrl+Alt+F1 X windows problem... DiZASTiX Linux - Software 3 01-20-2005 04:56 PM
Appearing in a windows DOMAIN 1racerx Linux - Networking 5 10-05-2004 05:23 AM
Problem opening windows as root Crashlander42 Linux - Newbie 5 04-02-2004 09:21 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:25 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration