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Re: 3d hardware / nvidia driver problems

On Fri, Sep 20, 2002 at 11:38:05AM +1000, Sam Haldane wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've just been using Debian for a week or so now and I am trying to get my
> Asus GeForce 2 MX to handle 3d graphics.
> Everything seems to work fine in 2d but as soon as I try to run something
> that requires some acceleration things slow down to about 0.5 fps (P2 400,
> 256 Mg RAM).  Even the _title screen_ of 'tuxracer' is this slow.

If you are using XFree86 "nv" driver, you won't be able to run
tuxracer. You have to use the nvidia drivers.

> I tried installing / uninstalling the XFree86 Mesa library and the non XF
> one also, this fixed up a problem with Java3d (not crashing X).  I have
> installed the GLUT, and also installed the nvidia driver packages (all
> through the package manager).
> When I change the video card driver in XFConfig-4 from "nv" to "nvidia", I
> get an error saying that the nvidia module cannot be found.

Did you compile and install the modules using the instructions is in
/usr/share/doc/nvidia-kernel-src/README.Debian.gz and

Read about using driver in

After installing, change your XF86Config-4 to use "nvidia" driver,
modprobe NVdriver, restart X. Rather than modprobe, you could reboot.

I've seen a number of messages recommending turning off APM in
BIOS. Also, if restarting X results in a black screen and locked-up
computer, try adding 'Option  "NvAgp"  "1"' to section "Device" of

> Do I have to recompile the kernel in some way to fix this?  If so, I
> cannot find my kernel source (should be bf2.4) anywhere.
> Help!
> Cheers,
> Sam


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