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  1. #1

    nVidia Quadro FX500/600 on fedora 16

    Hi there,

    I've been given a fairly old piece of equipment at my university. It had RHEL3 installed already but it was proving impossible to get a decent browser and email client (among other things) installed, so I decided to upgrade to fedora 16.

    Problem I'm having is that I am encountering a problem with the nVidia driver after I've installed. My X server won't start. I provide the below information in order to assist troubleshooting.

    Driver package:

    lspci | grep VGA
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34GL [Quadro FX 500/600 PCI] (rev a1)
    The above driver is necessary for the above hardware as far as I know.

    Error from X logs

    [    26.226] ================ WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING ================
    [    26.226] This server has a video driver ABI version of 11.0 that is not
    supported by this NVIDIA driver.  Please check
    [NOURL] for driver updates or downgrade to an X
    server with a supported driver ABI.
    [    26.226] =================================================================
    [    26.252] (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver  173.14.31  Sun Jul 17 22:20:25 PDT 2011
    [    26.257] (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
    [    26.257] (++) using VT number 1
    [    26.266] (II) Loading sub module "fb"
    [    26.266] (II) LoadModule: "fb"
    [    26.266] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/
    [    26.267] (II) Module fb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    [    26.267] 	compiled for 1.11.2, module version = 1.0.0
    [    26.267] 	ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
    [    26.267] (II) Loading sub module "wfb"
    [    26.267] (II) LoadModule: "wfb"
    [    26.268] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/
    [    26.284] (II) Module wfb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    [    26.284] 	compiled for 1.11.2, module version = 1.0.0
    [    26.284] 	ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
    [    26.284] (II) Loading sub module "ramdac"
    [    26.284] (II) LoadModule: "ramdac"
    [    26.284] (II) Module "ramdac" already built-in
    [    26.284] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/
    [    26.284] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/
    [    26.284] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/
    [    26.285] (==) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (==) framebuffer bpp 32
    [    26.285] (==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
    [    26.285] (==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
    [    26.285] (==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
    [    26.287] (**) NVIDIA(0): Enabling RENDER acceleration
    [    26.287] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the GLX module; please check in your X
    [    26.287] (EE) NVIDIA(0):     log file that the GLX module has been loaded in your X
    [    26.287] (EE) NVIDIA(0):     server, and that the module is the NVIDIA GLX module.  If
    [    26.287] (EE) NVIDIA(0):     you continue to encounter problems, Please try
    [    26.287] (EE) NVIDIA(0):     reinstalling the NVIDIA driver.
    [    27.015] (II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU Quadro FX 500/FX 600 (NV34GL) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0): Memory: 131072 kBytes
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS:
    [    27.015] (II) NVIDIA(0): Detected AGP rate: 8X
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0): Interlaced video modes are supported on this GPU
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s) on Quadro FX 500/FX 600 at
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0):     PCI:1:0:0:
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0):     Samsung SyncMaster (DFP-0)
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0): Samsung SyncMaster (DFP-0): 135.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0): Samsung SyncMaster (DFP-0): Internal Dual Link TMDS
    [    27.015] (II) NVIDIA(0): Assigned Display Device: DFP-0
    [    27.015] (II) NVIDIA(0): Validated modes:
    [    27.015] (II) NVIDIA(0):     "nvidia-auto-select"
    [    27.015] (II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 1600 x 1200
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (99, 98); computed from "UseEdidDpi" X config
    [    27.015] (--) NVIDIA(0):     option
    [    27.028] (==) NVIDIA(0): Enabling 32-bit ARGB GLX visuals.
    [    27.028] (--) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp
    [    27.028] (EE) NVIDIA(0): This video driver ABI is not supported.
    [    27.028] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Use the -ignoreABI option to override this check.
    [    27.112] 
    Fatal server error:
    [    27.112] AddScreen/ScreenInit failed for driver 0
    [    27.112] 
    [    27.112] 
    Please consult the Fedora Project support 
    	 at [NOURL]
     for help. 
    [    27.112] Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.
    [    27.112] 
    [    27.114] Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.
    Just FYI, that was from "/var/log/Xorg.0.log".

    I know that fedora 16 is new, and that the driver version I'm installing is really old, but can I work around/fix this, or is my only option to downgrade fedora/X?



  2. #2

    I have no idea if it would work or not, but did you try the nvidia drivers that come with F16? I know you said that driver is necessary, but I don't hurt to try.

    The driver packages are:


  3. #3

    I meant that it was the necessary official driver from nVidia in that a newer release from nVidia is not suitable for this hardware.

    The reason I am trying to install the nVidia binary drivers is because nouveau is not working correctly for my machine. If I try to boot with the nouveau driver it fails because the kernel command line in grub has nomodeset, however, if I enable kernel mode setting, the machine boots (I can only assume), however, the VGA device stops outputting a signal to the monitor, and so the system is unusable. Unfortunately, kernel mode setting is necessary for the nouveau driver, so my X server fails to start when nomodeset is enabled.

    I do not know how to use the nv driver, but I would assume that changing

    Driver "nouveau"


    Driver "nv"

    would enable it? What are the prerequisites for the NV driver? Failing this, can anybody provide any assistance with getting a large display resolution out of the vesa driver? That is my principal reason for trying to install the nVidia binary drivers, in addition to a problem whereby if the monitor is "turned off" by the auto lock screen, the signal does not come back to the monitor when I resume.




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