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Hi. I'm an end user with delusions of modest competence. I had debian 3.0 with linux 2.4.18 kernel set up on a hard disk from an old machine, and recently moved it over to a new machine: Shuttle XPC SN45G Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2500, 1.87GHz, 333MHz FSB Mainboard/Chipset: FN45, NVidia nforce2 ultra 400 ATX RAM 1GB (2x512MB 184pin DIMM, DDR 333, PC2700) Primary Master (hda, root on hda1): 2GB hd Primary Slave: Samsung ATAPI 20x CDROM Secondary Master (hdc, home on hdc1): 8GB hd one PCI slot: Creative 56k v.92 PCI modem (controllerless) one AGP slot: ASUS GeForce4 MX440 ...

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    Default NVidia drivers, X troubles (Debian 3, linux 2.4.18)


    Hi.

    I'm an end user with delusions of modest competence.

    I had debian 3.0 with linux 2.4.18 kernel set up on a hard disk from
    an old machine, and recently moved it over to a new machine:

    Shuttle XPC SN45G
    Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2500, 1.87GHz, 333MHz FSB
    Mainboard/Chipset: FN45, NVidia nforce2 ultra 400 ATX
    RAM 1GB (2x512MB 184pin DIMM, DDR 333, PC2700)
    Primary Master (hda, root on hda1): 2GB hd
    Primary Slave: Samsung ATAPI 20x CDROM
    Secondary Master (hdc, home on hdc1): 8GB hd
    one PCI slot: Creative 56k v.92 PCI modem (controllerless)
    one AGP slot: ASUS GeForce4 MX440 8x AGP, 64MB
    onboard LAN, Firewire, USB

    This thing is pretty obviously designed for windows, but I seem to
    have gotten Debian back up and running in a minimally usable state,
    although at present the kernel is compiled with the processor type set
    to 486 instead of Athlon/K7 (having trouble with modules, especially
    the hcfpci modules for the winmodem, when I recompile and/or simply
    insert the K7 image with apt-get).

    Here is my main problem: I've downloaded and installed the NVidia
    drivers/modules for the Asus video card I have in the AGP slot, but
    when I reconfigure xserver-xfree86, choose the nvidia driver then
    startx, I get a "EE: no device found" error. When I do lspci -vvn I
    get the following entry for (what I think?) is the video card:

    03:00.0 Class 0300: 10de:0181 (rev a2)
    Subsystem: 1043:8063
    Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop+ ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
    Status: Cap+ 66Mhz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
    Latency: 5 min, 1 max, 32 set
    Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 10
    Region 0: Memory at de000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
    Region 1: Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
    Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled] [size=128K]
    Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2
    Flags: PMEClk- AuxPwr- DSI- D1- D2- PME-
    Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
    Capabilities: [44] AGP version 3.0
    Status: RQ=31 SBA+ 64bit- FW+ Rate=21
    Command: RQ=0 SBA- AGP- 64bit- FW- Rate=

    but the first item returned by lspci also mentions AGP, but with I/O-
    rather than +. I used setserial -d 10de:01e0 command=1, thinking this
    would enable this device, but it doesn't seem to make a
    difference. Here is the entry:

    00:00.0 Class 0600: 10de:01e0 (rev c1)
    Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
    Status: Cap+ 66Mhz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
    Latency: 0 set
    Region 0: Memory at d8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
    Capabilities: [40] AGP version 3.0
    Status: RQ=31 SBA+ 64bit- FW+ Rate=21
    Command: RQ=0 SBA- AGP- 64bit- FW- Rate=1
    Capabilities: [60] #08 [2001]

    I also notice that, when I try to insert the agpgart module into the
    kernel, it fails. I'm at wit's end here and I've long since passed the
    boundaries of my already frail grasp of this stuff.

    Is there something obvious I'm missing in trying to get video (and thus
    X) up and running on this machine?

    Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

    L.
    [email]lorenkingalum.mit.edu[/email]




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    Default Re: NVidia drivers, X troubles (Debian 3, linux 2.4.18)

    > Here is my main problem: I've downloaded and installed the NVidia
    > drivers/modules for the Asus video card I have in the AGP slot, but
    > when I reconfigure xserver-xfree86, choose the nvidia driver then
    > startx, I get a "EE: no device found" error.
    Have you tried "modprobe nvidia"? Any errors when you do? Or, when you run
    lsmod, does nvidia show up in the list?


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