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Old 08-17-2004, 11:50 AM   #1
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Angry Grrr! Xorg / Nvidia issues again (Tears hair out in clumps)

Ok, here goes...

Kernel 2.6.5
Headers 2.6.3
glibc 2.2.3 + NPTL
Xorg 6.7.0
libsdl CVS

Some (and only some) X/SDL apps bomb out when going full-screen with:
X Error of failed request:  BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation) 
   Major opcode of failed request:  105 (X_ChangePointerControl) 
   Value in failed request:  0xffffead2 
   Serial number of failed request:  55 
   Current serial number in output stream:  59
Which apps (list below) do this seems dependent on which version of the nvidia drivers I am using, but always too many to count as bugs in the individual programs...

Issues with: freecraft, doomlegacy, doomsday, synaesthesia, aleph-one, tuxracer, gl-117, stratagus, twilight and zsnes.

All of these use SDL in full screen mode, and most use OpenGL.

Mplayer also does strange things, but gives no error - just refuses to go full screen using sdl.

Switching back to Xorg's opengl (opengl-update xorg-x11)
lets all these programs run fine, but of course i get no acceleration

Tried ALL available Nvidia driver releases, some are better, some are worse. 5336 seems to give the least trouble, but still not good enough

Recompiled Xorg twice - no joy.

Recompiled every offending app. Same result.

Tried libsdl 1.2.7 and CVS.

I can't find any mention of my error on the 'net in general, and I'm about ready to throw my monitor out a third story window (frustration and caffine does that to people).

The real problem here is that I don't play games that often, so by the time I noticed this I had already: moved to a 2.6 kernel, moved to 2.6 headers, updated glibc, moved to xorg, updated nvidia drivers and recompiled the ENTIRE system to use new CFLAGS... which could make narrowing this down a bit difficult.

Please, anyone, bright ideas??


Old 08-17-2004, 01:20 PM   #2
Andrew Benton
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I find setting any CFLAGS can make X and apps which use X crashy. If I optimise things I don't notice any increase in speed but I do notice things crash. I don't like crashes so I don't optimise anything. Mind you, many applications (Mplayer, for example) optimise themselves. Maybe the developers use optimisation where it makes a difference and don't bother where it doesn't matter.


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