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Old 09-14-2010, 04:37 PM
Thomas Olsen
 
Default NVIDIA driver causes kernel freeze vol. II

The continuing story about my troubles with the NVIDIA binary driver.

Today I spend a couple of hours trying again to make it work.

I removed the nouveau driver:

sudo aptitude purge xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

Blacklisted some modules as they had given me probs in earlier tries.

/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf:

blacklist vga16fb
blacklist nouveau
blacklist rivafb
blacklist nvidiafb
blacklist rivatv

I had had no success using the Hardware Drivers (jockey-kde) app so I booted into
rescue mode and installed nvidia-173 for my GeForce FX 5900:

aptitude install nvidia-173

That went OK and installed driver, kernel modules etc.

I the ran nvidia-xconfig and rebooted and the computer froze totally after loading
the module. Excerpt from kernel.log:

Sep 14 13:18:25 tanghus kernel: [ 0.000000] Linux version 2.6.32-24-generic (buildd@palmer) (gcc version 4.4.3 (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5) )
#42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Aug 20 14:24:04 UTC 2010 (Ubuntu 2.6.32-24.42-generic 2.6.32.15+drm33.5)
--[snip]----------------
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 19.138218] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 19.138228] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 20.490704] alloc irq_desc for 19 on node -1
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 20.490711] alloc kstat_irqs on node -1
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 20.490725] ENS1371 0000:00:08.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 20.490840] alloc irq_desc for 16 on node -1
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 20.490843] alloc kstat_irqs on node -1
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 20.490850] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
Sep 14 13:18:27 tanghus kernel: [ 20.494142] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module 173.14.22 Sun Nov 8 20:26:31 PST 2009
Sep 14 13:18:36 tanghus kernel: [ 29.092013] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
Sep 14 13:28:25 tanghus kernel: [ 618.673830] usb 3-1: usbfs: interface 0 claimed by usblp while 'usb' sets config #1
Sep 14 13:29:37 tanghus kernel: [ 690.333360] vgaarb: device changed decodes: PCI:0000:01:00.0,olddecodes=io+mem,decodes=nonew ns=io+mem
Sep 14 13:29:37 tanghus kernel: [ 690.335717] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module 173.14.27 Tue Jul 13 20:39:52 PDT 2010
Sep 14 13:36:38 tanghus kernel: Kernel logging (proc) stopped.

Then I purged nvidia-173 and wanted to install the latest from
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-display-ia32-173.14.27-driver.html

The installation and compilation went OK and the installation log showed nothing strange
but the result was the same:

Sep 14 13:38:35 tanghus kernel: [ 18.919499] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
Sep 14 13:38:35 tanghus kernel: [ 18.919507] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
Sep 14 13:38:35 tanghus kernel: [ 19.750696] eth0: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex, lpa 0x45E1
Sep 14 13:38:36 tanghus kernel: [ 20.445792] alloc irq_desc for 19 on node -1
Sep 14 13:38:36 tanghus kernel: [ 20.445799] alloc kstat_irqs on node -1
Sep 14 13:38:36 tanghus kernel: [ 20.445813] ENS1371 0000:00:08.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
Sep 14 13:38:36 tanghus kernel: [ 20.445927] alloc irq_desc for 16 on node -1
Sep 14 13:38:36 tanghus kernel: [ 20.445930] alloc kstat_irqs on node -1
Sep 14 13:38:36 tanghus kernel: [ 20.445936] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
Sep 14 13:38:36 tanghus kernel: [ 20.445950] vgaarb: device changed decodes: PCI:0000:01:00.0,olddecodes=io+mem,decodes=nonew ns=io+mem
Sep 14 13:38:36 tanghus kernel: [ 20.449374] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module 173.14.27 Tue Jul 13 20:39:52 PDT 2010
Sep 14 13:38:46 tanghus kernel: [ 30.404012] eth0: no IPv6 routers present

And the freeze...

Any ideas because I am out of them...?

BTW: X just produced a 0 byte Xorg.0.log file on both attempts.

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Old 09-15-2010, 02:10 AM
NoOp
 
Default NVIDIA driver causes kernel freeze vol. II

On 09/14/2010 09:37 AM, Thomas Olsen wrote:
> The continuing story about my troubles with the NVIDIA binary driver.
>
> Today I spend a couple of hours trying again to make it work.
>
> I removed the nouveau driver:
>
> sudo aptitude purge xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
>
> Blacklisted some modules as they had given me probs in earlier tries.
>
> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf:
>
> blacklist vga16fb
> blacklist nouveau
> blacklist rivafb
> blacklist nvidiafb
> blacklist rivatv

I'm confused why you are blacklisting these. I do not have a 173 card (I
use 96) and my modules show:

$ modprobe -l | grep nvidia
kernel/drivers/char/agp/nvidia-agp.ko
kernel/drivers/video/backlight/mbp_nvidia_bl.ko
kernel/drivers/video/nvidia/nvidiafb.ko
updates/dkms/nvidia-96.ko

$ modprobe -l | grep riva
kernel/drivers/video/riva/rivafb.ko

$ modprobe -l | grep vga
kernel/drivers/video/vgastate.ko
kernel/drivers/video/svgalib.ko
kernel/drivers/video/vga16fb.ko
kernel/drivers/usb/misc/sisusbvga/sisusbvga.ko

$ modprobe -l | grep nouveau
kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/nouveau/nouveau.ko

Were I you I'd purge all nvidia bits (including
/home/<user>/.nvidia-settings-rc if present, restore your blacklist, put
nouveau back (as it doesn't hurt anything if you are not using it
anyway), rename your /etc/X11/xorg.conf to xorg.conf_dontwork, reboot,
and reinstall the nvidia driver suggested in
System|Administration|Hardware Drivers, and reboot. Then go back to
System|Administration|Hardware Drivers and ensure that the driver is
enabled and being used.

No critisism intended, but I think that you've basically borked your
drivers by mucking about so much.



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Old 09-15-2010, 10:57 AM
Thomas Olsen
 
Default NVIDIA driver causes kernel freeze vol. II

On Wednesday 15 September 2010 04:10:31 NoOp wrote:
> I'm confused why you are blacklisting these. I do not have a 173 card (I
> use 96) and my modules show:
>
> $ modprobe -l | grep nvidia
> kernel/drivers/char/agp/nvidia-agp.ko
> kernel/drivers/video/backlight/mbp_nvidia_bl.ko
> kernel/drivers/video/nvidia/nvidiafb.ko
> updates/dkms/nvidia-96.ko
>
> $ modprobe -l | grep riva
> kernel/drivers/video/riva/rivafb.ko
>
> $ modprobe -l | grep vga
> kernel/drivers/video/vgastate.ko
> kernel/drivers/video/svgalib.ko
> kernel/drivers/video/vga16fb.ko
> kernel/drivers/usb/misc/sisusbvga/sisusbvga.ko
>
> $ modprobe -l | grep nouveau
> kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/nouveau/nouveau.ko
>
> Were I you I'd purge all nvidia bits (including
> /home/<user>/.nvidia-settings-rc if present, restore your blacklist, put
> nouveau back (as it doesn't hurt anything if you are not using it
> anyway), rename your /etc/X11/xorg.conf to xorg.conf_dontwork, reboot,
> and reinstall the nvidia driver suggested in
> System|Administration|Hardware Drivers, and reboot. Then go back to
> System|Administration|Hardware Drivers and ensure that the driver is
> enabled and being used.
>
> No critisism intended, but I think that you've basically borked your
> drivers by mucking about so much.

Thanks for the suggestions.
To start with I did as you suggested: I had a clean installation and installed
the proposed NVIDIA 173 through Hardware Drivers. This caused the same freeze
and some lines in kern.log from the nvidia module loading saying that rivafb
or nvidiafb being loaded first could be the cause of this.
I googled this and found several suggestions on blacklisting these modules
too.

As a side note I just noticed that I still had nouveau blacklisted even though
I'm using the driver now..? Guess I just don't really grasp how KMS is
working. Confused.

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Old 09-15-2010, 02:53 PM
Thomas Olsen
 
Default NVIDIA driver causes kernel freeze vol. II

On Tuesday 14 September 2010 18:37:54 Thomas Olsen wrote:
> The continuing story about my troubles with the NVIDIA binary driver.

I guess it ends here.

Now I've put in an ven older card that lspci reports as "nVidia Corporation
NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] (rev b2)".

It's slow but usable. Nouveau doesn't crash when watching Flash and there are
no problems with binary drivers because jockey-kde reports there are none ;-)

Thanks for trying though.

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