[ubuntu-za] nvidia drivers giving big issues

Reenen Laurie rlaurie at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 23:35:00 BST 2009


I googled *The EDID read for display device CRT-0 is invalid
*This got me to someone who got a response out of a knowledable expert... So
suddenly I understood my problem.

Apparently Xorg goes very conservative if it doesn't ID the monitor.  (Why
it used to, and then not anymore, is probably nvidia driver's doing)

So adding
 HorizSync 31.5 - 90.0
 VertRefresh 60.0 - 60.0
to my xorg.conf file made Xorg less paranoid, and displayed my resolutions
as I needed it.

*sigh* (of relief).

Regards,
-Reenen

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM, Reenen Laurie <rlaurie at gmail.com> wrote:

> Well, I've learnt a lot, but still haven't resolved it... Google will help
> me, and I'll come back if I find a solution...
>
> I've learnt to read the logs!  (bold looks pretty imposing at 640x480)
>
> (II) NVIDIA(0): Creating default Display subsection in Screen section
>     "Default Screen" for depth/fbbpp 24/32
> (**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
> (==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
> (==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
> (==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
> (**) NVIDIA(0): Enabling RENDER acceleration
> (II) NVIDIA(0): Support for GLX with the Damage and Composite X extensions
> is
> (II) NVIDIA(0):     enabled.
> *(WW) NVIDIA(GPU-0): The EDID read for display device CRT-0 is invalid:
> the
> (WW) NVIDIA(GPU-0):     checksum for EDID version 1 is invalid.
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Raw EDID bytes:
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):   00 ff ff ff ff ff ff 00  0e 98 00 37 00 00 00 00
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):   00 0a 01 01 1d 24 1b 6e  e8 8a 82 a0 56 47 96 24
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):   0f 48 4f bf ff 80 31 7c  45 7c 61 68 71 68 81 99
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):   a9 4f 01 01 01 01 10 0e  80 c0 20 e0 1d 10 20 30
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):   13 00 5e 04 11 00 00 18  f9 15 20 f8 30 58 1f 20
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):   20 40 13 00 5e 04 11 00  00 1e ea 24 00 60 41 00
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):   28 30 30 60 13 00 5e 04  11 00 00 1e 00 00 00 fd
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0):   00 32 a0 1e 5f ff 00 0a  20 20 20 20 20 20 00 04
> (--) NVIDIA(GPU-0): *
> (II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce FX 5500 (NV34) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)
> (--) NVIDIA(0): Memory: 262144 kBytes
> (--) NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 04.34.20.69.00
> (--) NVIDIA(0): Interlaced video modes are supported on this GPU
> (--) NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s) on GeForce FX 5500 at
> PCI:1:0:0:
> (--) NVIDIA(0):     CRT-0
> (--) NVIDIA(0): CRT-0: 350.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
> (II) NVIDIA(0): Assigned Display Device: CRT-0
> (==) NVIDIA(0):
> (==) NVIDIA(0): No modes were requested; the default mode
> "nvidia-auto-select"
> (==) NVIDIA(0):     will be used as the requested mode.
> (==) NVIDIA(0):
> (II) NVIDIA(0): Validated modes:
> (II) NVIDIA(0):     "nvidia-auto-select"
> (II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 640 x 480
> *(WW) NVIDIA(0): Unable to get display device CRT-0's EDID; cannot compute
> DPI
> (WW) NVIDIA(0):     from CRT-0's EDID*.
> (==) NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (75, 75); computed from built-in default
> (==) NVIDIA(0): Enabling 32-bit ARGB GLX visuals.
>
>
> On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:26 PM, Reenen Laurie <rlaurie at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> I've been restarting my PC for more than the past 24 hours. (50 times?
>> more?)  Anyway, here is my tale, and I hope that someone could help me!
>>
>> I always had an on-board intel graphics card, which well... was ok, but
>> kinda struggled with games.  So I got a 2nd hand 3d card off
>> gumtree.co.za which happens to be nvidia fx 5500 AGP. My pc is still old
>> enough, so it had AGP slot.
>>
>> Everything worked great!  I slotted it in, and when the PC rebooted, I got
>> a lovely 2048x1536 resolution (on my 21" monitor - CTX - don't really know
>> the brand), which high refresh rate.  Awesome!
>>
>> My 3d games first pass worked (Half Life 1 - Counter strike, Open Arena,
>> and some others).  However... Starcraft ran hugely slow. 2-3 fps. I couldn't
>> follow my mouse cursor, it was so slow. Played around with settings (wine
>> regedit current user directdraw = "opengl" or "gdi" etc.), which needed
>> reboots - Starcraft didn't play well...
>>
>> So, I checked for updates. Yes! Nvidia updates, as well as a kernel
>> update, as well as wine! Cool!  Ran updates, and restarted (for kernel).
>>
>> When I had to log on, I was greeted with a 640x480 login screen where the
>> e's of my name didn't have a little hole... Since then, well I haven't been
>> able to use the PC, I have just been trying to fix it.
>>
>> I've done several stuff... (in no particular order):
>> * sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
>> * installed new drivers, old drivers, vesa drivers (I got 800x600 with
>> them)
>> * uninstalled all nvidia drivers
>> * added resolutions to /etc/X11/xorg.conf (and other xorg.conf edits and
>> attempts)
>> * added some modules not to be loaded in
>> /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common
>> * Xorg -configure (from a non graphical shell)
>> * rebooted in recovery mode, asked to try to fix X
>> * played around with envyng
>>
>> Some of the symptoms:
>> * My monitor is crt-0, where it used to have some name (can't recall what)
>>
>> * dmesg | grep nvidia outputs:
>> [   16.402126] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
>> [   17.057709] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 21 (level, low) ->
>> IRQ 21
>>
>> * glxinfo | grep render outputs:
>> direct rendering: Yes
>> OpenGL renderer string: GeForce FX 5500/PCI/SSE2
>>
>> * xrandr outputs:
>> Screen 0: minimum 320 x 240, current 1024 x 768, maximum 1024 x 768
>> default connected 1024x768+0+0 0mm x 0mm
>>    640x480        50.0     52.0
>>    320x240        51.0
>>    1024x768       52.0*
>> (note: the 1024x768 is a "panning" setting used to at least be able to use
>> the PC, the monitor is still at 640x480)
>>
>> * lshw -C video outputs:
>> WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
>>   *-display
>>        description: VGA compatible controller
>>        product: NV34 [GeForce FX 5500]
>>        vendor: nVidia Corporation
>>        physical id: 0
>>        bus info: pci at 0000:01:00.0
>>        version: a1
>>        width: 32 bits
>>        clock: 66MHz
>>        capabilities: bus_master cap_list
>>        configuration: driver=nvidia latency=248 maxlatency=1 mingnt=5
>> module=nvidia
>>
>> I'm not a linux expert, and I've tredded in waters and places many an
>> expert hasn't gone yet. No avail. Why can't they make 3d capable open source
>> drivers?!
>>
>> So now, even if I try to get back onto vesa drivers I'm stuffed.  I could
>> still go to my intel on-board, but even that doesn't reach the same
>> resolutions it used to in the past.  How did nvidia screw up my PC so badly?
>>
>> Sorry, I am truely frustrated... could someone give me a similar
>> experience with a better result?
>> Regards,
>> -Reenen
>>
>> --
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