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Old 08-16-2009, 12:58 AM   #1
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latest NVIDIA 64bit driver Slackware64-current


I installed the latest x86_64 NVIDIA drivers (185.18.31) on my Sony Vaio SZ320CP. (GeForce Go 7400). I'm running Slackware64-current updated around 3rd August using slackpkg. I'm running Xorg 1.6.3.

The kernel module loads without any errors that I can find.

I modified an xorg.conf to switch from nv to nvidia drivers.

When I startx the screen blanks and from appearances the keyboard is not responding. I have to power off.

When switch back to nv or the intel graphics chip it works.

Anybody got a similar configuration working? I'm a bit stumped at the moment and looking for something to try. I'm still playing with options in xorg.conf.


Old 08-16-2009, 01:29 AM   #2
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185.18.29 runs fine on my laptop with Go7300 chipset.

as does 185.18.31 on a 6800 GT

Both running Slackware64-current.

You are not the only one to run into issues though.
Old 08-16-2009, 01:52 AM   #3
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You may want to try this :

run xorgsetup to generate xorg.conf based on the nv driver, keyboard layout etc.

Then modify xorg.conf to use Driver 'nvidia' under multiple sections of 'Device'.

Or reinstall the nvidia driver, it will prompt to modify xorg.conf automatically.

Also check if your kernel has enable msi-x, it should show in the config file at /boot.

If you do get into X successfully, use the nvidia utility to set the proper resolution & save to xorg.conf

Here's my xorg.conf

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder62) Tue Jul 28 19:51:18 PDT 2009

# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder62) Tue Jul 28 19:48:57 PDT 2009

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier " Configured"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"

# FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi"
# FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi"
ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/local"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/OTF"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/CID"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/local/share/fonts"

Section "Module"
Load "glx"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "dri2"

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "Xinerama" "0"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us(dvorak)"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "Philips 220EW"
HorizSync 30.0 - 93.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 76.0

Section "Device"

### Available Driver options are:-
### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
### [arg]: arg optional
#Option "SWcursor" # [<bool>]
#Option "HWcursor" # [<bool>]
#Option "NoAccel" # [<bool>]
#Option "ShadowFB" # [<bool>]
#Option "UseFBDev" # [<bool>]
#Option "Rotate" # [<str>]
#Option "VideoKey" # <i>
#Option "FlatPanel" # [<bool>]
#Option "FPDither" # [<bool>]
#Option "CrtcNumber" # <i>
#Option "FPScale" # [<bool>]
#Option "FPTweak" # <i>
#Option "DualHead" # [<bool>]
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Gainward"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 512MB DDR2 PCI-e"

Section "Device"

# VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
Identifier "Device0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
BoardName "GeForce 9500 GT"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Device0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "TwinView" "0"
Option "metamodes" "1680x1050_60 +0+0"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24

Last edited by pokipoki08; 08-16-2009 at 01:54 AM.
Old 08-16-2009, 02:53 AM   #4
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Also, a common problem with regards to the nvidia driver is that people forget an xorg-server or mesa update will render the nvidia binary driver (almost) unusable.
So, just make sure you haven't upgraded or reinstalled both xorg-server and mesa after installing nvidia's binary driver.
Old 08-16-2009, 03:57 AM   #5
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thx MRGOBLIN.... I reverted back to 185.18.14 and it worked..... cheers.


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