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Old 10-18-2003, 05:43 AM   #1
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Problems with Slackware 9.1 and Nvidia driver


Excuse me for my poor enlish, I'll try my best :

I recently installed Slackware 9.1 with XFree86 on my Intel P4 with a GeForce2 64Mb card (Inno3D), with the 2.4.22 kernel
that comes with Slackware 9.1.

I downloaded the latest nvidia driver (.99 or something) from and installed it without complaints, modprobed nvidia.o without problems, and it shows up in lsmod.

I changed settings in my /etc/X11/XF86Config according to nvidias help files,

Load "glx"
and "nvidia" instead of "nv", I made sure I didnt have GLcore loaded, and that Load "dri" was commented out.

When I tried startx, the screen went totally black and the computer froze (no lamps on the keyboard was responding etc).

I read somewhere that one should wait a while and see if it comes up, I waited about 40 minutes without any result, så I rebooted (with the power switch).

After the reboot my /var/log/XFree86.0.log was totally screwed up, it was in binary format, and when I used strings on it, it showed my /etc/X11/XF86Config file!

Also, my XF86Config file was screwed up, strings showed alot of paths to library files.

I tried to uninstall the nvidia drivers, recompile my kernel with some other settings etc etc, same result each time I tried startx (

I've gotten the nvidia drivers to work previously (about a year ago) with this same card...

anyone knows why this is?

Old 10-18-2003, 06:15 AM   #2
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man ure in deep shit..

Last edited by dzt; 10-18-2003 at 06:17 AM.
Old 10-18-2003, 04:27 PM   #3
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Originally posted by dzt
man ure in deep shit..

If you dont have any knowledge about this at all, why bother posting a reply? please, if someone has more clue than dzt, please post them.
Old 10-18-2003, 10:22 PM   #4
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well ok its prolly no good to see a post like mine when u have a prob like this here i'll save u from the deepnes of the issue: )

first .. the error was prolly that "no screens were found"..
or "screens found but none have usable configuration"...

make sure that you define the correct resolution. since you have 64 mb u can easily have at least a 1600x1400 res.

after u install the driver and than edit the config file right reboot...
then try starting x..
if that doesn't work;
as root run "xf86config"

go thru the steps define ur monitor specs and resolutions etc..
when it asks if u want to look at the card database say "y"
then choose NVIDIA GEFORCE it is 349 if I am not mistaken... push enter until you see it.
then write the XF86Config

now your XWindow is going to work but with the "nv" driver

what you have to do is go back to the XF86Config file and then delete the
"Generic VESA Framebuffer" screen.. it is the first section under Devices...

or you can just comment them out. make sure you comment out from the beginning of "Start Section" to "End Section"

down there you will see "device configured by xf86config"

there change your driver from "nv" to "nvidia"
make sure you have the "load glx" under modules section
save the config file and startx

there you go you should be seeing your beautiful NvidiaSplash screen and a crystal sharp whatever resolution you defined in the XF86Config...

make sure you define the resolution for the "Default Color Depth " you chose...
which is prolly gonna be either 24 or 32.. since you have a 64MB video card...

and let me know
Old 10-18-2003, 11:07 PM   #5
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i had a very similar problem to this with the nvidia driver and an nforce2 motherboard. I ended up fixing it by chance, as it corrected itself after four bios flashes. not that this is necessarily your problem, only update your motherboard's bios if you know what you are doing, and in most cases as a last resort.
Old 10-18-2003, 11:53 PM   #6
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prolly u wont need it


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