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Old 01-23-2004, 11:44 AM   #1
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Nvidia freezes on some distros but works on others

Consistent crash with some distributions of Linux
NV card- 5200 FX with 128 meg ram (svideo out and dvi ports not used), Processor-AMD 2600 XP Barton, Memory- 512 meg pc3200 ram, Hard Drive- 180 gig hd ata 100, Motherboard- DFI LanParty KT400A.
Some distributions crash when the Nvidia logo should show up. Other distros work fine.
I will use different live cds for my example since the settings are static.
With PCLinuxos (both of the newer versions 4 and 5) and Gentoo live cd, I can read that the Nvidia card is recognized but when the Nvidia logo should load I get random colors or characters. Control alt f1 does nothing. Control alt esc does nothing. I have to hard boot.
The Strange thing is that with Morphix live cd using xmodule=nvidia(any current version) and Aurox live CD I have no problem. They both boot to the Nvidia logo and have 3d enabled.
My problem is not exclusive to live cds. Suse 9 has the hard crash while the Debian distro I installed from Morphix works fine
I know that there should be more that I should post but I am not sure what. Iím still kind of new to Linux

I cross posted this to an Nvidia forum because I wasn't sure if this is a Linux problem or an Nvidia problem. I hope that that is appropriate
Old 01-23-2004, 11:56 AM   #2
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well all distros install stuff that others don't and some don't install stuff that others do .... so its kinda hard to make an assumption to what the problem could be by coming to the conclusion the the drivers work outta the box on one distro but not the other... you don't really have an argument there ..
you sometimes have to enable certain things in your config like NvAGP or IgnoreDisplayDevices just for examples ... them options exist for a reason, and the nvidia readme file is HUGE for a reason also ... there's even times you have to make sure about assign irq to vga is enabled in the bios .... so just stating that the nvidia drivers freeze on one distro and not the other, kinda dont' work .. you'll have to troubleshoot the problem ....
Old 01-23-2004, 12:43 PM   #3
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Dr.Ozz thanks for your reply
How would I enable a config NvAGP on a live CD is that something I need to do before I burn the ISO to the cd? Is there a cheat code? Will IgnoreDisplayDevices make the Nvidia display come up?
I have been trying to determine what is different between the live cds that work and the ones that don't so that when I do install I will know what drivers and settings to use and which ones to avoid.
I do see that my vga irq is shared


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