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Re: [SLE] nVIDIA Problem
  • From: Curtis Rey <crrey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 13:34:21 -0500
  • Message-id: <200304161334.47440.crrey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Tuesday 15 April 2003 07:32 am, Stephen P. Molnar, Ph.D. wrote:
> I've been having a devil of a time getting nVIDIA to work on my SuSE 8.1
> system. Both NVIDIA_kernel and NVIDIA_GLX install without any problems,
> but when I run startx the screen goes dark and the only recovery seems to
> be to reboot.
> Here's a section of the output from 3Ddiag:
> Verifying 3D configuration based on XFree86 4 for 3D board
> "nVidia Corporation GeForce2 GTS (10de@0150)":
> Tests for package "NVIDIA_GLX":
> package ... done.
> package files ... done.
> Tests for package "NVIDIA_kernel":
> package ... done.
> package files ... done.
> Tests for correct OpenGL libraries/GLX extensions:
> Symbolic Links ... failed!
> I suspect this may be the problem. What are the proper symbolic links?
> Thanks in advance

Here is a list of the lilbGL in /usr/lib that I have on my system. See if
yours resembles this:

crrey@Crusher-1:~> la /usr/lib/libGL*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2003-04-01 00:38 /usr/lib/
- ->
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 27 2003-04-01 00:38
/usr/lib/ -> GL/
- -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4412898 2002-09-10 10:57 /usr/lib/libGLU.a
- -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 780 2002-09-10 10:57 /usr/lib/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 13 2003-04-01 18:42 /usr/lib/
- ->
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 13 2003-04-01 18:40
/usr/lib/ ->
- -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 680548 2002-09-10 10:58
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 21 2003-04-01 00:38
/usr/lib/ ->
- -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 4897592 2003-03-28 03:49

Also, in the /usr/share/doc somewhere there's the NVIDIA readme that has some
other info as to how to check the symlinks and similar for the driver config.
Another thing to consider is, by my experience, That if you have kernel
problems when upgrading from an earlier version to the most current version,
the kernal mod doesn't always get installed correctly, One thing that many
have done (including myself) is to use the tar.gz for the kernal and rpm the
GLX drivers. The README for nvidia has advice about methods for getting this
done as well.

Lastly, I have noticed that often times if the drivers, kernel mods, and
symlinks are setup right, there's still issues related to the way the monitor
and the vid card interact. I have often had to reconfig the monitor settings
after upgrading, especially of late. This might be the problem with a black
screen. It has somthing to do with the monitor timings in regards to both
timing modes and V/H refresh rates.

HTH. Curtis.
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