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Old 10-12-2003, 10:46 AM   #1
wahwah
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Question NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 / Suse 8.2 question


OK, I looked in all the forums, but alas.

Can anyone help me here?
I've got a NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 (SuSe 8.2 pro) and cannot get the HW acceleration to work. I've downloaded AND installed all the drivers form nvidia, but the problem seems to be in the card detection, even before I try to activate HW acceleration.

Looking on sdb.suse.de/en/sdb/html/wessels_sax247.html, I follow the instructions:
$ /sbin/lspci
gives <snip>
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x] (rev a2)
So far, so good.
But then:
$ sax2 -p
gives
xauth: (argv):1: bad display name "/unix:0" in "extract" command
xauth: (argv):1: bad display name "/unix:0" in "extract" command
Chip: 0 is -> NVidia 0x0181 01:00:0 0x10de 0x0181 AGP nv

--> I notice there's no slot description(!) like 1:0:0 or whatever.

which (0x0181) is the same as I see in Yast2 but NOT the same as with lspci! Changing de card definition with Yast2 to 'GeForce4 MX 440" (which IS listed) and subsequent testing the server crashes the system completely. I've also edited XF86Config manually (like it says in the NVIDIA readme), but alas!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
Old 10-13-2003, 05:22 PM   #2
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Talking SOLVED!!!


I looked a little further on the internet and finally found a solution on the SuSE mailinglists!
A VERY nice genleman had suffered the same problem and tried to find a solution for nine days. He finally found that adding the option
Option "NvAGP" "0" to the XF86Config file

<like so>

Section "Device"
BoardName "GeForce4 MX 440"
BusID "1:0:0"
Driver "nvidia"
Identifier "Device[0]"
Option "NvAGP" "0" <------------------------
Screen 0
VendorName "NVidia"
EndSection

solved the problem. He still has trouble getting in the text consoles though (like, with ctrl-alt-F1), but that's not the case here. Everything _works fine. He has a different nVidia card, perhabs that explains it ???

The point is, he told me that he hasn't got a clue on *how* this works. It seems very counter-intuitive (like in quantum mechanics , switching *off* AGP, but well ...
See the whole solution on URL:
lists.suse.com/archive/suse-linux-e/2003-Sep/1505.html

thanks, Jan!

WahWah (now going off for a trip to Saturn with Celestia)
 
  


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