Re: Xorg - nv - 8600GT blank screen problem.

Ramasubramanian Ramesh wrote:
I am having issues with my new video card MSI 8600GT. Xorg fires up properly and everything is fine as long as I am within X. The moment
I try to switch one of the VCs (c-a-f1/2 etc) or exit X, all I get is blank screen and no response from KB/mouse etc. Soon the monitor goes into power save. The only way to fix is reboot. Occasionally, I will see blank screen with X running having very similar syptoms.

I have noticed that Xorg runs with almost 100% cpu utilization whenever blank screen event happens. Also, with my prior card I did not have this problem (prior card was EVGA nvidia 7600GS)

I run stock etch kenel from amd64 distribution latest xorg with nv driver. Here is exact info

uname -a: Linux lata 2.6.18-4-amd64 #1 SMP Fri May 4 00:37:33 UTC 2007 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Package: xserver-xorg-video-nv : Version: 1:2.0.3-1
Package: xorg: Version: 1:7.1.0-19

You probably need to think about a different driver. The nvidia-* packages might be a place to start.

Or, if you want to be a bit risky, the nvidia driver from NVIDA's web site works well. The risk is that it is not installed "The Debian Way", and future Debian updates may break it, possibly causing a problem, or causing you to need to reinstall it. Also, it is finicky about which version of gcc used to compile the kernel interface (NVIDIA's driver comes as a a binary blob, and it's non-free in the Debian sense, because there is no source). You need to keep the version of gcc used to compile your current running kernel, to use it. It must be reinstalled with every kernel ABI change, as well. But it works pretty well.

Mark Allums

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