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Old 06-01-2005, 09:06 PM   #1
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Nvidia and recent drivers failing for me.

Ok, I have 2 video cards in my machine. One is a SiS PCI 305, and the other is an Nvidia AGP GeFore MX 420. The nvidia is my primary video, operating system - SuSE 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3.

If I run the OS (any version) with the standard drivers (nv), then both cards, monitors show up with absolutely no problems. If I try to install the driver (fetch nvidia) from SuSE update, then I run into problems (see below). If I download the official driver from Nvidia, then I run into problems (see below).

The problem: I reboot the system (into init 3). At the prompt I log in as root. I install the driver exactly as told, step for step. Then I run command (sax2 -m 0=nvidia) and first the main screen lights up (attached to nvidia), shows a brief X, then drops back out to prompt with exclamation: "startup, please wait...". Then both screens go blank, flash, then the main screen goes back to the prompt only exclaiming: "ups card lost during probe".

Here is what I have tried so far:
1. In BIOS changing primary boot display between AGP & PCI (and back).
2. Manually editing the XF86Config/xorg.conf file(s) (wow this produced a great output, see below)!
3. Searching hi and low through the internet for similar problems (NONE FOUND, I hate being unique)!

***Great Output***
During this moment, I did manage to get the Nvidia logo/splash screen, BUT, it was not a perfect square, and it filled only about 2/3's of my screen, and it was down and to the right, but the greatest part of all (and I kid you not), it looked as though it was painted by hand with a paint brush! Now I can live with a funky splash screen if it went further than that, but it doesn't, the pc then just hangs, and the second monitor never even flickers.

I have tried this with all the above mentioned versions of SuSE, same results. I do remember a while ago, that I was using one of the older drivers (when it was new), can't remember which one exactly, I just remember that it had 2 packages, main driver and glx package seperate. But it also wasn't very fast. Newest driver with Nvidia card alone, runs superbly! I love it! but I need that second monitor. I don't want to "roll back" my driver to an older one, and I do like 3D, so I don't want to go with just a generic driver.

I know that I should just go and get a new dual head Nvidia card, but I can't afford that right now, I have to work with what I have, so therefore I need help, advice, pointers, anything!

Can someone PLEASE help me?!?!?!?!?!
Old 06-06-2005, 08:27 AM   #2
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Last time I was running dual cards (GeF2-MX200 and S3-GX) I ran into similar problems.

Basically, X does not yet support 3D / GLX in Xinerama mode, hence only the 'nv' drivers work. It is possible to use two different sets of drivers, but drivers with GLX extensions are not supported - ifyou're running dual head, you're in flatland. I was reading in the docs for Xorg that came with Suse 9.3 that they are planning 3D Xinerama mode soon....

You'll have to do the same thing I did, Make the decision as to whether you want twin displays or 3D.


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