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#1 2004-05-18 05:52:32

franzfranz
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From: indiana
Registered: 2004-05-15
Posts: 13

X problems with an nvidia MX 440

Hey guys, I ran pacman -S kde, configured x (including modifying .xinitrc) and got the nvidia drivers installed, but when I try startx, I get

Fatal server error:
Cannot run in framebuffer mode.  Please specify busIDs      for all framebuffer devices

I'm running the lastest version of arch with 4.4.0 and kernel 2.6.6.  Any ideas what could be going on.  I tried google and all the forums I could think of to no avail.  thanks for any help!!

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#2 2004-05-18 05:57:50

tpowa
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From: Lauingen , Germany
Registered: 2004-04-05
Posts: 2,260

Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

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#3 2004-05-18 16:18:56

franzfranz
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From: indiana
Registered: 2004-05-15
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Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

yeah, those are the directions that I followed

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#4 2004-05-18 16:31:34

wdemoss
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From: WV - USA
Registered: 2004-01-18
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Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

post your XF86Config file


Hobbes : Shouldn't we read the instructions?
Calvin : Do I look like a sissy?

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#5 2004-05-18 17:16:23

franzfranz
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From: indiana
Registered: 2004-05-15
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Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

I've been trying to do that, but I can't seem to get the whole file on to a floppy (which would probably be the easiest way to do this).  I'll work on getting my xf86config up, just bear with me!  thanks guys.

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#6 2004-05-19 08:06:52

tpowa
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From: Lauingen , Germany
Registered: 2004-04-05
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Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

The device section should look like this that's all
you need to load the nvidia module before you start X
rc.conf is a good place for that
add it to modules section

XF86Config:
Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Card0"
        Driver      "nvidia" (that's the important part!)
        Card        "GeForce4 Ti 4200" (for  you probably something else)
        Option      "NoLogo" "1"
EndSection

Have you tried my nvidia installer?
It's in the staging repo
name is nvidia-version.pkg.tar.gz

ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/tur/staging

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#7 2004-05-19 08:18:40

franzfranz
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From: indiana
Registered: 2004-05-15
Posts: 13

Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

thanks I'll give that a shot in the morning!  now it's time for sleep!

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#8 2004-05-19 08:24:29

tpowa
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From: Lauingen , Germany
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Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

well with the installer you have to add this things too
but this is mentioned while installing

it does only run the nvidia installer in a way that pacman can be used :-)

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#9 2004-05-19 15:59:10

franzfranz
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From: indiana
Registered: 2004-05-15
Posts: 13

Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

whoops, that's the installer i used to install it initially.  My assumption now is that because my gcc version has changed I'm having issues, so I'm just going to run the installer again on a fresh system.  Hopefully this will work!

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#10 2004-05-19 23:25:53

skoal
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Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

franzfranz wrote:

Hey guys, I ran pacman -S kde, configured x (including modifying .xinitrc) and got the nvidia drivers installed, but when I try startx, I get

Fatal server error:
Cannot run in framebuffer mode.  Please specify busIDs      for all framebuffer devices

Have you ever been able to use the nvidia driver with the framebuffer successfully for your card? 

The only stable combination using the kernel framebuffer is with a driver native to X, such as "nv".  You can check the nvidia forums for various models and machines having problems with Nvidia's driver binary while using the kernel framebuffer, even while just using the VESA framebuffer.  * Don't use the `riva' framebuffer.

I remember about a year ago in the nvnews.net forums, Andy Mecham addressing this issue and telling people not to use the framebuffer with their driver.  I don't know how much things have changed since, but use of the framebuffer seems to be a hit and miss thing with different people.  It does not work with my TI-4600 while using the Nvidia binary.  I know and read about several people who do get their's working with no effort, so good luck in your case.  This may or may not be the issue you are having, but I thought I'd make you aware of a known problem.  Driver version version 4363 seems to work fine with the framebuffer.  However, since you are using the 2.6.x kernel, you will need to use the patch at www.minion.de.

Try using the Nvidia binary with NO framebuffer and see if you have any problems that way.

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#11 2004-05-20 02:09:14

franzfranz
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From: indiana
Registered: 2004-05-15
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Re: X problems with an nvidia MX 440

Thanks for all the help guys.  I eventually just did a fresh arch install and made sure that i got the newest version of gcc before I did anything else, then updated my kernel and then ran the nvidia installer;  i've got a nice little x session going now.  Thanks again!

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