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Re: nouveau: GPU lockup - switching to software fbcon

On 02/19/2011 01:55 PM, Stephen Powell wrote:
On Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:34:23 -0500 (EST), Rob Owens wrote:

On my Squeeze system, the nouveau driver isn't working.  dmesg shows
this message:

GPU lockup - switching to software fbcon

lspci shows my video card as this:

VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)

I do have an onboard video port that I'm not using.  Not sure if that's
messing things up or not.  Any advice?  I see several hits on Google,
but I haven't found a solution yet.

I'm trying to make nouveau work.  The proprietary nvidia driver will be
my last resort.

The nouveau driver is a work in progress, as even it's developers will
no doubt freely admit.  This is especially true for the newest chipsets.

If you want to use a free driver, and nouveau won't work for you, your
next best option is the nv driver.  But nv won't work for the newest
chipsets.  And if that won't work, then try the vesa driver.

The FX5200 is 8 years old, and even then was labeled "Entry Level".

I seriously doubt that nouveau will ever support it. That leaves nv or nvidia-173.14.27 (which is in Sid).

Also, I recommend filing a bug against xserver-xorg-video-nv (CCing d-devel) telling them why they should *not* remove it.

"The normal condition of mankind is tyranny and misery."
Milton Friedman

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