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Re: nvidia (graphics) driver pain



I'm not sure I understand.  The kernel itself must be patched
for the driver to work?  This is not mentioned in the README
files.

no the /usr/src/nvidia-kernel-source.tar.gz
untargz it, then apply the patches, retar then run module assistant

PLEASE NOT THIS ISNT IN THE NVIDIA README. and rdonald hasnt included
the patches. however, to get support from nvidia, they will want you
to apply the 5 or so patches listed for the 1.0-7676. those patches
are *normally* applied but grabbing the fedora-centric nvidia installer
then telling it to decompress, patching the source, then running the
installer.

however

because we are debian. you just install all the rest, go
patch the kernel module source, retar it up to fool module-assistant
then build the kernel module (with our good friend module-assistant)
and viola. done.

built the debian way and with nvidias latest patches.

ive begged rdonald to add the patches to the 1.0-7676 source
(1.0-7676-2 or something) but no response.

anyway

Neither do I with that version (loading problem was with 1.0.7174).
It's just that the screen goes blank ("No signal"), but no error
(EE) is reported in the "Xorg.0.log" file.

ok so everything is fine with 7174? well heres the thing. 7174 is way
old. infact it doesnt support my 6600gt very well at all. it crashes
alot and only sees 128mb or its memory (out of 256mb)

from the specs below your card is newish and likely needs the newer
driver.

so is 7676 working?

Although, there are some worrying warning (WW) lines:

[...]
(II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU detected as: GeForce FX 5200
(--) NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 04.34.20.13.00
(--) NVIDIA(0): Interlaced video modes are supported on this GPU
(II) NVIDIA(0): Detected AGP rate: 8X
(--) NVIDIA(0): VideoRAM: 131072 kBytes
(II) NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s): DFP-0, TV-0
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Multiple displays connected, but only one display allowed;
(WW) NVIDIA(0):      using first display
(--) NVIDIA(0): Detected TV Encoder: NVIDIA
(--) NVIDIA(0): TV-0: maximum pixel clock: 650 MHz
[...]
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Not using mode "1280x1024" (not a valid TV mode)
[... many other warnings about "not a valid TV mode ... ]
(**) NVIDIA(0): Validated modes for display device TV-0:
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "1024x768": 78.8 MHz, 60.1 kHz, 75.1 Hz
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "800x600": 49.5 MHz, 46.9 kHz, 75.0 Hz
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "640x480": 31.5 MHz, 37.5 kHz, 75.0 Hz
[...]
(**) NVIDIA(0):      Default mode "320x240": 12.6 MHz, 31.5 kHz, 60.1 Hz (D)
(II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 1024 x 768
(++) NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (100, 100)
[...]

Maybe ths can ring a bell for someone knowledgeable?

time to hit the nvidia linux support forum. its linked from the nvidia
linux drivers page on the nvidia website. they arent great, but they
will tell you how to force the card to output correctly

also, if you monitor isnt plugged in at boot, they tend to default
to the video out. which can be handy if tv out cant be triggered by
linux. i found this usefull on my voodoo 3 3.5k and also on nvidia
cards playing dos games (xcom was awesome on a television).

Dean
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