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i've done a full install of Slackware 10.2 and managed to install the latest Nvidia drivers without any issues. However, whenever i set my xorg.conf to use the Nvidia driver ...
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    Slackware won't run Nvidia driver


    i've done a full install of Slackware 10.2 and managed to install the latest Nvidia drivers without any issues. However, whenever i set my xorg.conf to use the Nvidia driver i get:

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    Caught signal 11. Server aborted.
    ...or something similar. The Nvidia logo appears but then i crash back to the bash prompt with the above. Setting the driver back to 'nv' allows me to run X just fine. Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this?


    i even tried borrowing a working xorg.conf from my working SuSE partition without success (the same error).
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    Try reinstalling the nvidia graphics driver

    is your card a 'legacy' card? if so , get the legacy nvidia drivers

    if you have a GF2 for example, the new non legacy nvidia gfx drivers WILL NOT WORK

    you need the legacy ones if thats the case.

    did the installer finish? did it produce any errors?

    what does modprobe -l | grep nvidia show?

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    These are the correct drivers for this card and it's on the 'supported' list (and i get the same problem with either the 6629 or 8178 drivers).

    i'll try reinstalling the driver (nope, no errors last time) and checking the modprobe command though.
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    post your /etc/X11/xorg.conf configuration file...


    make sure you disable the option "load dri" in the configuration file

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    Which card are you using?

    After reading through the various threads, there seems to be an issue with 6600 series and nVidia's Linux driver. I wonder if that is where the issue lies.

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    I have the same problem with a nVidia GX5500F and tried to install the 'correct' driver more than once with ho success - I kinda gave up since I could (somehow) set my 15" Sony screen to 1024 x 768(at least) - I also wrote the /etc/X11/xorg.conf configuration file and this is what it looks like now: (sorry i thought that the whole file would be too big and long to copy and paste so I just pasted the 'Graphic device' and 'screen' sections)

    Monitor section
    # ************************************************** ********************

    # Any number of monitor sections may be present

    Section "Monitor"

    Identifier "My Monitor"

    # HorizSync is in kHz unless units are specified.
    # HorizSync may be a comma separated list of discrete values, or a
    # comma separated list of ranges of values.
    # NOTE: THE VALUES HERE ARE EXAMPLES ONLY. REFER TO YOUR MONITOR'S
    # USER MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT NUMBERS.

    HorizSync 31.5 - 50.0

    # HorizSync 30-64 # multisync
    # HorizSync 31.5, 35.2 # multiple fixed sync frequencies
    # HorizSync 15-25, 30-50 # multiple ranges of sync frequencies

    # VertRefresh is in Hz unless units are specified.
    # VertRefresh may be a comma separated list of discrete values, or a
    # comma separated list of ranges of values.
    # NOTE: THE VALUES HERE ARE EXAMPLES ONLY. REFER TO YOUR MONITOR'S
    # USER MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT NUMBERS.

    VertRefresh 40-90

    EndSection


    # ************************************************** ********************
    # Graphics device section
    # ************************************************** ********************

    # Any number of graphics device sections may be present

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "VESA Framebuffer"
    Driver "vesa"
    #VideoRam 4096
    # Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
    EndSection

    # ************************************************** ********************
    # Screen sections
    # ************************************************** ********************

    # Any number of screen sections may be present. Each describes
    # the configuration of a single screen. A single specific screen section
    # may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
    # option.
    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen 1"
    Device "VESA Framebuffer"
    Monitor "My Monitor"

    # If your card can handle it, a higher default color depth (like 24 or 32)
    # is highly recommended.

    # DefaultDepth 8
    # DefaultDepth 16
    DefaultDepth 24
    # DefaultDepth 32

    # "1024x768" is also a conservative usable default resolution. If you
    # have a better monitor, feel free to try resolutions such as
    # "1152x864", "1280x1024", "1600x1200", and "1800x1400" (or whatever your
    # card/monitor can produce)

    Subsection "Display"
    Depth 8
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubsection
    Subsection "Display"
    Depth 16
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubsection
    Subsection "Display"
    Depth 24
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubsection
    Subsection "Display"
    Depth 32
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubsection

    EndSection

    by the way, I have tried to change the 'driver' in the graphic device section and guess what? it 's exactly that change to 'nVidia' that causes the crash! - right now i'm not that fussy anymore but I'll keep watching this topic cos I wouldnt mind to have the proper drivers installed rather than the default one
    If you get on the wrong train all the stations you will come to will be the wrong stations.
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    I'm running Slackware -current (always) with an XFX GeForce 7800 GS with 256MB RAM (AGP 8x). If I boot into runlevel 4, everything works perfectly. I see the nVidia logo come up when X first starts up and then I get my KDM login screen. So I log in and fiddle around, do what I need to do and when I'm all done, I log out or shut down and every time my machine locks up very tight. I cannot Ctrl-Alt-Bkspace to kill X or switch to VT6.. nothing. I think I might be getting a kernel panic, but I will never see it because I cant get to the console. This card is freakin cool. I get 11,100 frames per second. Very fast, but this logout/shutdown problem is really driving me nuts. Any similar experiences? How the hell do I fix this?

    I'm running the latest nVidia drivers and I've tried to reinstall them, but I always get the same results.

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    Hmmm... well, I'm confused. I created a test user to my system and did a log in and log out and everything looks fine. Maybe the other user had some bad KDE settings. Oh well, it's fixed.

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