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Old 07-21-2004, 06:07 AM   #1
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Problem with nVidia, GF3 Ti200 and X (Mandrake 10.0)

I have a very annoying problem in Mandrake 10.0 (fully patched version)

When I logout from X I can not see anything, the screen is black.
The result is the same regardless if I boot directly into X or not.
Starting without X = everything is OK.
Starting with X (with KDE)= Everything OK.
Logging out from X = black screen !/(&%!!
I do have the same problem if I start X and try to go to a console using ctrl - alt - F1.

The is the same regardless if I logout or if i use ctrl - alt. backspace.

Anyone who can help me (using "default" XFree settings except that I changed the "nv" to "nvidia"). Using latest drivers (1.0-6106).
Old 08-06-2004, 11:26 PM   #2
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Me, too

Mine is on a Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop. Mandrake 9.1 with the older drivers had exactly the same problem except that changing manager from kdm to gdm fixed that one.

If I find out anything, I will try to pass it on.
Old 08-08-2004, 02:10 PM   #3
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Bad drivers...

I have toyed with this for a day, and it is obvious the Nvidia drivers are busted. I tried the last three versions for 2.6 kernel, and all do the same thing.

I made a XF86Config-4 file for vesa, which some say we should use. It worked, sort of, causing a lot of crashes, so I finally reverted to Mandrake 9.1 and its older Nvidia driver, something like 4349.

Here is the XF86Config-4 for my Dell Inspiron 2650. As I said it crashed a lot, but did log out which is why I am blaming the Nvidia drivers for 2.6

It is sort of a kluge, since I had to fight to get it to work, it might be there are defects which make it not work. I had a version stripped of comments, but don't have time to post it now.

Section "Module"
# Load "GLcore"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
# Load "dri"
# Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"

# Option "AutoRepeat" "500 5"

# when using XQUEUE, comment out the above line, and uncomment the
# following line
# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"

# 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:nocaps"

Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"

# Option "XkbModel" "pc105"

Option "Xkbmodel" "acpi"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

# Option "XkbVariant" ""
# Option "XkbOptions" ""

# Sample for Redhat had keys swapped above

#Section "InputDevice"
# Identifier "Mouse0"
# Driver "mouse"
# Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
# Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
# Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
# Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
# Above mouse section was part of Redhat config, not needed by mine"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Monitor Model"
HorizSync 31.5-48.5
VertRefresh 59.0-75.0
Option "dpms"

# -- 1400x1050 --
# 1400x1050 @ 60Hz, 65.8 kHz hsync
Modeline "1400x1050" 129 1400 1464 1656 1960
1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync

# 1400x1050 @ 70Hz, 76.8 kHz hsync
Modeline "1400x1050" 151 1400 1464 1656 1960
1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync

# 1400x1050 @ 75Hz, 82.3 kHz hsync
Modeline "1400x1050" 162 1400 1464 1656 1960
1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync

# 1400x1050 @ 85Hz, 93.2 kHz hsync
Modeline "1400x1050" 184 1400 1464 1656 1960
1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync


Section "Device"
# no known options
# Identifier "NVIDIA driver (GeForce 2 Go)"
# Driver "nv" #this I added, Bruce
# Driver "nvidia"
#Guy on Yahoo said to use vesa
# Driver "vesa"
# Trying change to "nv" as experiment Bruce 8/3/2004
Identifier "VESA Framebuffer"
Driver "vesa"

VendorName "NVIDIA"
BoardName "NVIDIA"


# Section "Screen"
#Added next four lines for Vesa attempt

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen 0"
Device "VESA Framebuffer"
# Monitor "My Monitor"
Monitor "Monitor0"

# Identifier "Screen0"
# Device "NVIDIA driver (GeForce 2 Go)"
# Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "1024x768"


#Section "DRI"
# Mode 0666
#This part involves Direct rendering, which is not known to me.
Old 08-08-2004, 06:54 PM   #4
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I just received an email from yahoo groups Dell laptop. Two guys have Dell Inspiron 2650 running on Mandrake 10.0. They have the purchased package, not the free download. They sent me their XFConfig-4 files, which call out a FontPath with unix in it, that did not work for me.

I am guessing this different font might be the difference.

I will probably buy the commercial pack. I hated to do so, not because of the cost, but because I had no confidence in the pack since the free download did not work. However, now I may buy it, if I can't get my hands on SuSe 9.2 first.


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