NVIDIA driver causes kernel freeze
blchupin at iinet.net.au
Wed Aug 25 12:29:04 UTC 2010
On 25/08/2010 22:02, Thomas Olsen wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 12:48 PM, Thomas Olsen <tanghus at gmail.com
> <mailto:tanghus at gmail.com>> wrote:
> My PC recently died so now I'm running a very old box that has an
> nVidia Corporation NV35 [GeForce FX 5900] (rev a1) as reported by
> X default to using the nouveau driver that is extremely slow.
> I tried installing the binary driver using System/Hardware Drivers
> but this causes a kernel freeze as seen below. I had to boot up
> from the Alternate CD to manually remove the driver - and rename
> I can see that the kernel nicely suggests a way to get around it
> but I'm a bit unsure exactly which steps to follow. lsmod doesn't
> report any of rivafb, rivatv or nvidiafb as loaded when using the
> nouveau driver.
> Apparently it's a total no-go combo with this card and the binary
> drivers. I just spend 2 hrs. trying everything I could think of but
> the kernel freezes even before X starts.
> Thanks for all the help guys but I guess I'll have to find some other
Whoa! Don't be so hasty! :-) .
If you say that it is the FX5900 card then it is a PCI Express card -
and it is not THAT old! :-)
According to the nVidia site the driver for it is the 173.14.27 which
was only upgraded at the beginning of this month (4 August). The driver
(assuming that you are using a 32-bit system, otherwise look for the
For my money, if you are "freezing" even before X starts then there is
some other problem - but I am only guessing.
And you do know that the kernel was upgraded earlier today? Is your
Gumperson's Law: The probability of anything happening is in
inverse proportion to its desirability.
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