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Old 05-11-2004, 12:00 PM   #1
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Question system freezes after installing Nvidia driver

Hello! I'm new to Linux and I need some help. Recently I installed the Nvidia driver for my Nvidia TNT2. After rebooting, everything was Ok, Tux-racer worked fine. Then, after a few minutes the system freezed . I couldn't do anything but to restart my computer. After rebooting, the same problem:system freezes.... . I don't know what's happening... I followed the instructions form the README.txt from Nvidia site....My system respects the minimum software requirements listed in the ReadMe.txt
I searched for answers on forums, but nothing came up. Can anyone help me, pls?
PS: I'm using Fedora Core 1. Kernel version 2.4 .
Old 05-13-2004, 10:17 AM   #2
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OK, will try to suggest some things if your still having problems............

after bootup and login does the Nvidia logo show up on the screen??
are you using the drivers NvAgp or the Mobo's agpgart??
Old 05-13-2004, 01:34 PM   #3
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[after bootup and login does the Nvidia logo show up on the screen??
are you using the drivers NvAgp or the Mobo's agpgart??]

Yes, after bootup the Nvidia logo shows up on screen.

To the second question, i don't know what to answer(???) But if it helps you, this is my XF86Config:

# XFree86 4 configuration created by pyxf86config

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "InputDevice"

# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "COMPAQ S510"
DisplaySize 280 210
HorizSync 30.0 - 61.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 120.0
Option "dpms"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "RIVA TNT2"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666

Also, I get these warnings in the XFree86 log :

(WW) NVIDIA(0): Multiple displays connected, but only one display allowed;
(WW) NVIDIA(0): using first display
(WW) (1280x960,Monitor0) mode clock 108MHz exceeds DDC maximum 80MHz
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Not using mode "640x480" (height 960 is larger than
(WW) NVIDIA(0): EDID-specified maximum 768)
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Not using mode "576x384":
(WW) NVIDIA(0): horizontal sync start (589) not a multiple of 8
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Not using mode "360x200":
(WW) NVIDIA(0): horizontal sync start (378) not a multiple of 8

I don't know what it means...
So, that's it... I'll wait for a reply. Thanks!
PS: I'm still having the same problem

Last edited by alexmihai; 05-13-2004 at 01:39 PM.
Old 05-13-2004, 05:17 PM   #4
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According to nvidia instructions,it is stongly recommended agpgart module shouldn't be in the memory before the X servers is loaded.
What you need to know at this point is how/when the agpgart module is loaded into memory.
Open a vitual console
lsmod command will tell you if agpgart has been compiled as module or built in the kernel.
If in the output, agpgart is not listed,
there are two possibility
You are using PCI bus for the graphics
agpgart driver is built into the kernel
If it is in that list, it means it is compiled as module, so exit the X server, then as root
rmmod agpgart
startx or init:5 to restart the server.
If this make the X server stable, I suggest you post a further thead into Fedora section in order someone can help you to make this modification permanent, as I don't know how to do that with this distro.
Hope this helps
Old 12-04-2004, 08:14 AM   #5
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hmm... i have XF86Config for my monitor like this:

Section "Monitor"
HorizSync 25-40
Identifier "Monitor[0]"
ModelName "Initial"
VendorName "Initial"
VertRefresh 47-75
UseModes "Modes[0]"

i'm using Compaq S510 too (15"). and when i start SaX2 on my SuSE 9.1 the screen just turns black, and that's why i want to configure my monitor manually in XF86Config.

every time i start KDE, i'm being asked:
Your monitor is not configured. Would you configure it manually?

if i click Yes, the screen turns black and nothing happens.

how do i do the XF86Config configuration correct?


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