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#1 2009-04-25 15:12:55

kierank01
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Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

Ive got a Medion laptop with a Nvidia 9300M graphics card in it, and have just installed arch on it.

I installed xorg, and the nvidia driver from the repositories, and generated an xorg.conf file using nvidia-xconfig.

When I test xorg, I get a nvidia splash screen, and then the display goes black, ctrl+alt+backspace does not kill/restart the xorg session.

I can switch to another terminal, and login there, so it has not hung the system.

If I plug an external moniter into the laptop, and reboot, and start xorg, the external display does NOT display anything.

If I switch to the vt7, and use the keystrokes to dim the display, and switch back to vt1/2 the display has dimmed, so something is happinging there.

I have looked at the nvidia setup page in the wiki, but the settings there do not seem to make much difference.

There is an HDMI port on the laptop, but I do not have a HDMI tv to test it.

I have used Xorg -configure, and another xorg.conf from a live cd, but none of these have worked either.

Does anyone have any ideas on what I could do

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#2 2009-04-25 15:15:08

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

Anything of interest in /var/log/Xorg.0.log?

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#3 2009-04-25 15:41:28

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

Hi Allan, Thanks for your reply.

Looking at Xorg.0.log, htere isn't anything that jumps out that might be wrong.

There are 2 possibilities,

when It is loading modules, it says that it is compiled for version 4.0.2, and the module version is 1.0.0

also it says that is has failed to connect to the APCI event daemon.

It says that the daemon is not running or the AcpidSocketPath option may not be set correctly.

I haven't looked at ACPI yet as I am just beginning to set the system up (and this is only the second time that I have installed arch and first time on a laptop).

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#4 2009-04-25 16:04:55

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

A search of the forums shows up a pile of solutions and non-solutions to your exact problems.  Alot of them tried running the "nv" driver instead of "nvidia" just to see if it was a video card issue.  There was also alot of mentions of making sure that the hal daemon was running as xorg uses hotplugging for keyboard and mouse unless you disable it.  There is also a setting for xorg to be able to use Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to kill X.  I can't recall that off the top of my head but its in a wiki somewhere.  Nvidia issues seem to pop up for people from time to time.  I've got a Geforce 6200 and can't get good performance with the new drivers so have to use legacy ones.  Try reading through some of the forum posts and if no solutions are still apparent, ask again.  Good luck. big_smile


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#5 2009-04-25 16:46:30

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

grep EE /var/log/Xorg.0.log

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#6 2009-04-25 17:56:29

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

Hi bgc1954, Thanks for letting me know about ctrl+alt+backspace being switched off by default. This is working now.
HAL appears to be working (it comes up as 'done' in the bootup screen)

Hi B, when I grep for EE's in Xorg.0.log, I get 2 groups of errors. One failed to load module "kbd", and the other failed to load module "mouse".

I have googled this, and changed kbd to keyboard, and re-tested, but this did not get rid of the kbd error. I am not sure why this would have happned, as there is now no refrence to kbd in my conf file.

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#7 2009-04-25 18:57:37

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

Can you post the errors please?


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#8 2009-04-25 20:10:04

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

These are the errors:

Current Operating System: Linux medion-arch 2.6.29-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Apr 17 14:14:28 CEST 2009 x86_64
        (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
(EE) Failed to load module "mouse" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) Failed to load module "kbd" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) Failed to load module "mouse" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) No input driver matching `mouse'
(EE) Failed to load module "kbd" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) No input driver matching `kbd'

also I installed apcid, and did not add apcid to rc.conf, and the apcid warning is not there anymore, so that means that HAL and apcid are ok.

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#9 2009-04-25 20:51:30

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

xf86-input-evdev is installed

and if I add:
Option "AutoAddDevices" "False"
to xorg.conf then the laptop does actially crash, I acnnot switch to another treminal, or kill X

there is no kbd_drv.so or mouse_drv.so in /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input.

did a bit of pacman -Qo ing, and installed xf86-input-mouse xf86-input-keyboard

now the above errors are gone, but still the same thing is happening ( I get the nvidia splash screen, and then it goes blank)

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#10 2009-04-25 20:54:15

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

Try without a configuration file, then build one with the nVidia stuff, putting in what you need (for starters the nvidia proprietary module).

Make sure you have xf86-video-vesa installed for inital ntesting.


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#11 2009-04-25 21:18:04

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

I renamed /etc/X11/xorg.cong, and started X as follows:

sudo X

This started up, and attempted to use the vesa driver, but did not work either:

Current Operating System: Linux medion-arch 2.6.29-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Apr 17 14:14:28 CEST 2009 x86_64
        (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
(EE) Failed to load module "nv" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) Failed to load module "fbdev" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) Failed to initialise GLX extension (compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)

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#12 2009-04-25 22:21:20

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

Did you install xf86-video-nv? From the output I'd say no, and X wants to use that for your card.


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#13 2009-04-26 14:51:10

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Re: Xorg not working on laptop [Resolved]

I didn't install nv, but it attempted to use the vesa driver.

But I was looking around other places, and I decided to run startx (not X -config /..., as is in the documentation), and X started and I got into a GUI with 3 terminal windows and a clock.

So I have installed KDE, and is starting fine with the nvidia driver.

I have some new problems, but I will google them first, and start a new thread if necessary.

Thanks for all ur help.

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