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Old 06-05-2003, 10:48 AM   #1
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NVidia/X windows problem, and not the normal one

hey everyone

Ive done quite a bit of research on this one, very few people have this problem.

I installed the latest nvidia drivers, followed the readme, start x, and everything is gorgeous. both ut2k3 and rtcw:et work fantastic, at least as good as windows. my problem is that when i try and exit X, everything locks, and i just get this black screen. and i mean LOCKS, numlock doesnt even work any more.

im using slackware with their default 2.4.20 kernel that comes with slack 9, with the latest I32 drivers from nVidia, and an asus GeForce 4 Ti 4200.

if anyone can even tell me where to start looking, i would be greatful, ive looked at the logs, nothing there. a friend of mine said try re compiling the kernel, ill give that a shot tonight. i love linux, i love slack, but i gotta fix this. i mean, i gotta hit the off button every time i want to exit X, or even turn off my computer.
Old 06-05-2003, 10:57 AM   #2
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I would examine the user .xsession-errors file to start, then if that didn't help, I would examine /var/log/messages for any hints.

Perhaps you could switch to a virtual console and kill the x session that way.

control-alt-F<N> (N=1-6)

alt-F<N> (N=1-6) will switch to 6 different virtual terminals, alt-F7 takes you back to X

In one terminal as root (or an x terminal if in x) command

tail -f /var/log/messages

That will allow you to monitor errors real time.

Last edited by fancypiper; 06-05-2003 at 11:02 AM.
Old 06-05-2003, 12:21 PM   #3
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Did you edit your XFree86Config file after installing the drivers?......
cause if you didnt it may still be using the old drivers.....
Old 06-05-2003, 12:23 PM   #4
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thanx for the advice man, ill check out those logs and try out the virtual terminal thing after work today. and yup, i edited my XF86Config file, changed the driver to nvidia, removed all the stuff it said to, etc.


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