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Old 11-04-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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Debian Etch Nvidia driver issues Quadro nvs290 is the video card

I have debian version Etch kernel 2.18-686. the newest one.

I installed Debian using net-install. I chose to install standard system only.

I then followed verbatim instruction from this website on how to install nvidia drivers.

After i finished following those instruction i then installed GNOME and reran the dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg.

After i rebooted, there is no nvidia logo.. the screen goes blank and nothing. No error about the xserver. I can only SSH into the computer.

Please help. If someone wants to give me a how to starting from the very beggining i will be glad to follow it. I can reinstall linux with no problem. i just need "nvidia" driver to work. There is nothing that needs to be saved on the HD. Let me know if you want other information. Oh and i am new so please tell me how to get it as well. Example get me the xserver log. I wouldnt know how to do that. But you can say go to /etc/X11...etc and copy the log.. that i can do.

Thank you so much all for the future help.

debianryan:~# lsmod |grep nvidia
nvidia 4549908 4
agpgart 29896 1 nvidia
i2c_core 19680 2 nvidia,i2c_i801
Here is the result of LSPCI:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Quadro NVS 290 (rev a1)
Here is the dpkg -l of NVIDIA:

ii nvidia-glx 1.0.8776-4 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x driver
ii nvidia-glx-dev 1.0.8776-4 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x / Xorg driver deve
ii nvidia-kernel-2.6.18-6-686 1.0.8776-4+2.6.18.dfsg.1-23 NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.18
ii nvidia-kernel-common 20051028+1 NVIDIA binary kernel module common files
ii nvidia-kernel-source 1.0.8776-4 NVIDIA binary kernel module source
Here is the xorg.conf:

Section "Files"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"
# path to defoma fonts
FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"

Section "Module"
Load "bitmap"
Load "ddc"
# Load "dri"
Load "extmod"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx"
Load "int10"
Load "vbe"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "CoreKeyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
Driver "nvidia"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic Monitor"
Option "DPMS"
HorizSync 28-64
VertRefresh 43-60

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Card"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
Old 11-05-2008, 12:10 AM   #2
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Using a Mandriva Live CD to Find the Driver

Sometime ago while testing some Mandriva live CD's I happened upon a utility that finds the correct driver for Nvidia cards. Check the Mandriva forums for the exact utility, it was 'Drake something of course, but I forget exactly what it was. Burn a live CD, run it, and note the driver it gives you and then install in on your problematic OS.

Good Luck, Michael
Old 11-06-2008, 03:52 PM   #3
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Well finally found a cure. woohoo.

I used this how to:

The link it shows you is actually obsolete now but just google envy* and you should find the file and download it and continue with the rest of the installation information.

Thanks so much.



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