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VESA drivers not working when installing NVIDIA - workaround

Postby barker1977 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:00 am

Hi,

Just thought I'd post some info about a failed attempt to install the nvidia drivers on LMDE 64bit. I've since got it working following "the debian way"
http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers#Installation-1

I'm guessing my problems were some hardware compatibility issue, as to exactly what I'm not sure. But here's my specs anyway:
Asus GTX570
Two monitors using DVI
* ViewSonicVX2235
* Samsung SyncMaster

First I thought I'd just download and install the latest nvidia driver and follow their instructions
http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/280.13/README/
I've installed the nvidia drivers manually in the past on other systems and never had any major issues. However, since nouvea is the default driver in LMDE and the nvidia drivers won't install with it in use, you need to disable it. So did so, restarted and was logged into X. This was all fine until I had to shutdown X. Tried switching to another teminal (CTRL+ALT+F1) and just got a black screen, same on the others. Switching back to 7 returned me to my desktop. At this point I figured I'd done something wrong in disabling the nouveau drivers, so I undid my changes and downloaded sgfxi http://smxi.org/

So booted into a terminal without X running, ran sgfxi which was all good until I was told nouveau had to be disabled to finish installing the nvidia driver (can't remember exactly what stage the nvidia installer was at when this happened). I was asked to reboot and run sgfxi to finish installing. So rebooted, got past grub, saw about 10 lines pop up on screen, then got a black screen, same as before.Switching to other terminals, still a black screen. I could login, execute commands and reboot, I just couldn't see what was going on.

The following was turning up in the syslog which appeared to be the only thing relevant:
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Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: ] mtrr: type mismatch for c0000000,10000000 old: write-back new: write-combining
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    5.950743] [drm] MTRR allocation failed.  Graphics performance may suffer.
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    5.950983] [drm] Supports vblank timestamp caching Rev 1 (10.10.2010).
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    5.950984] [drm] Driver supports precise vblank timestamp query.
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    6.347671] No connectors reported connected with modes
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    6.347673] [drm] Cannot find any crtc or sizes - going 1024x768
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    6.357526] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 128x48
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    6.358791] fb0: inteldrmfb frame buffer device
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    6.358792] drm: registered panic notifier
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    6.358797] No ACPI video bus found
Sep 22 22:41:38 roy kernel: [    6.358847] [drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20080730 for 0000:00:02.0 on minor 0


A couple of hours googling returned nothing particularly similar to my problem, or threads which are way over my skill level. Just as I was about to post a thread asking for help, I came across this thread mentioning the debian method through synaptic
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=191&t=78844&p=458763&hilit=vesa#p458763

Which in turn led me onto the aforementioned "How to install NVIDIA 3D drivers, the debian way"
http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers#Installation-1

Followed these instructions to a tee and had no issues whatsoever. Just thought this may come in handy for others out there.

Cheers,
Matt
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