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Old 10-31-2003, 12:21 AM   #1
capstone737
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Linux and nVidia FX5600


I have RH9 and an nVidia FX5600 video card. It locks up on a regular basis. I have spent a LONG time (weeks) trying to get it to work, but to no avail. I have also found LOTS of others in the chat forums that have many different hardware and distribution combinations and have the same problem with lock-ups and together we have unsuccessfully tried a miriad of settings/options so it is very likely a driver problem.

See:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...0&pagenumber=1


nVidia tech support never replies to emails so I am at my end. Has anyone managed to get this card working under Linux?

Regards,
Grant
 
Old 10-31-2003, 12:58 AM   #2
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Could you please post your XF86Config file so I can take a look at it?

Have you tried re-compiling your driver from source? That usually fixes most conflicts. I'm running a Geforce 440 MX with no problems. So, lets see how I can get you up and running again. But first, quick question. How long have you been running RH9? Is your video card new, and who makes your video card?

If you want, you could try out SuSE 9.0. I'm using 8.2 right now, and I find that it runs much better than RH or Mandrake when it come to graphics especially running WineX programs. You might want to try switching distros, or download the SuSE trail CD and see if you get screen lockups.
 
Old 10-31-2003, 02:32 AM   #3
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I got no problems at all with my card.Besides of a fan that is going to die anytime soon.
Got a FX5600 with a biostar M7NCG.Installed gentoo on it and everything worked immidiately.Does your box lock up during gaming or just on a random basis?
 
Old 10-31-2003, 04:27 AM   #4
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XF86config...

Thank you for your replies. It is quite heartening to know that others more knowledgable than I are willing to help.

Here is my XF86Config:

=======================================================================
# XFree86 4 configuration created by redhat-config-xfree86

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
# Load "dri"
# Load "GLcore"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
#
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "BENQ P992"
DisplaySize 350 260
HorizSync 30.0 - 98.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 160.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
# Driver "nv"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection
=======================================================================

My PC locks up any time. Sometimes several times in succesion. Sometimes once every couple or days. Sometimes I can telnet in and reboot it in a somewhat orderly fashion. Often the reboot is via the Reset button.

I am reluctant to use another Linux distribution apart from RH, as that is what I use at work and that is what I know (well, to the best of my ability anyway.) :-)

Regards,
Grant
 
Old 10-31-2003, 04:42 AM   #5
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A kernel log from a lockup (only the last couple of lines) would be helpful - well maybe anyway.
 
Old 10-31-2003, 06:05 AM   #6
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Hi Capstone

Try a lower depth bit rate and resolution.. I have mine at 16bit 1024x768 and there is no noticable difference. I read somewhere you should do this first anyway and then try to change it from within your distro.
 
Old 10-31-2003, 12:30 PM   #7
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Thats exactly what I was going to say. A lower resolution might be better for your refresh rate. And drop it from 16Milliion colors to 65 thoushand (from 24 bit to 16 bit). There isn't really a big difference in those, besides, X can't do anything higher than 16 bit anyway. The 24 bit in simply emulated. I have problems sometimes when I use 24 bit.
 
  


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