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Old 08-17-2006, 11:16 PM   #1
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NVIDIA Driver Problem

I recently bought a GeForce MX 4000 Graphics card and I really love it. I install the NVIDIA drivers in linux and it works wonderfully. Under glxinfo it reports that direct rendering works and all 3d is on.

My problem lies here. Sometimes when I restart X all of a sudden I lose all 3d and OpenGL. glxinfo reports no direct rendering and everything is slow. I've tried using the nvidia-xconfig and everything preinstalled to fix the problem. But to no avail it doesn't change I still have no 3d.

The only solution to the fix is to go back redownload the nvidia drivers, and reinstall them. I'm thankful that my problem has a easy temporary fix but I would rather just not have the problem. Does anybody have any suggestions? (Besides never restarting X.)
Old 08-17-2006, 11:42 PM   #2
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When you say you are restarting X, how are you restarting it and how long is it down? I haven't restarted X on my machine with a nvidia card in awhile, but I've noticed the same thing on my machine with an ati machine and the reason was because the hardware wasn't yet freed from the previous X session.
Old 09-24-2006, 09:56 PM   #3
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how did you free it from the previous session.

I restart X in two ways, I log out of kde in a regular situation and sometimes kde slows down so much a fresh restart of X helps. Sometimes I switch to a new terminal and killall X. neither case really makes a difference in whether the video card works or not. It's kind of a random problem. One interesting thing I've noticed however is that I now have been getting into the fade and drop shadow effects of kde. And it seems as soon as I started playing with that I have not lost my direct rendering in a while.


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