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New Asus, iffy drivers.

Postby Edward on Mon May 04, 2009 7:10 pm

Hi!
Got myself a new Asus LapTop (X71SL-7S066C) and I installed Linux Mint6 on it (with a side order of WinXP). Now I have some problems around this new LapTop when it comes to drivers. I tried to activate the Restricted Graphics Drivers to make it fancy, but Linux froze 10 seconds after the X started and it took me forever to undo that (NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver v.173 & 177). :( But despite it not being operational, I still get the full resolution and some fun things working visually.
The other thing that doesn't work on LM6 on this LapTop is Sound. Husse suggested I edit alsa-base according to this topic, but after I did that and restarted Linux froze 10 seconds after the X started. Went back to recovery mode, pressed a couple of options, and managed to get Linux working again, but still without sound. Here is my lspci:

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00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 671MX
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS968 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 01)
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] (rev 01)
00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 191 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev 02)
00:05.0 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SATA Controller / IDE mode (rev 03)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:0d.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05)
00:0d.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
00:0d.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
00:0d.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 12)
00:0f.0 Audio device: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Azalia Audio Controller
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 9300M GS (rev a1)
02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)


Please help me find something that you can guarantee won't freeze Linux again. If you need more odd info around my LapTop I shall give that which the Widnows dxdiag can offer.

/Edward
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Re: New Asus, iffy drivers.

Postby Husse on Tue May 05, 2009 9:18 am

I find a lot of old Foxconn motherboards with this chip [SiS] 671MX
Linux froze 10 seconds after the X started

This is in common for both problems - please look in the logs to see if you find something (System logs in the menu)
It's rather uncommon for this to happen and in all honesty I don't know where to start
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Re: New Asus, iffy drivers.

Postby Edward on Wed May 06, 2009 7:46 am

Ok, I found the logs, but I'm not sure what it is I'm looking for. I know it was sometime after midnight the crash happened (according to chat logs) so I have a date, just not sure which of the 8 logs to look in or exact time. I notice that 4 are in bold but I can't decipher what or where the problem may be. Can you maybe give me a few pointers, or shall I post the entire log of that day here?
I am half a nub since my father did most of the configs for me, but seeing as he died the 24th of April I have to rely on you people now. :S

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Re: New Asus, iffy drivers.

Postby Husse on Fri May 08, 2009 7:58 am

Sorry for your loss - that is way more than a half functional laptop
Anyway start with xorg.0.log
Use Ctrl+F to search and look for error(s) and warning(s)
I have a funny problem found in this log - my USB headset is detected and supposedly configured as a keyboard and there is no warning for that so you may need to look around
And it's a very long log so please don't post it
For both sound and video look in "messages" for error(s) and warning(s) and also segfault
It's easy for me to say "anything that looks strange" because I have a hunch about that...
All logs except xorg.0.log have time marks so you can look at the approximate time
This is really hard to solve
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Re: New Asus, iffy drivers.

Postby Edward on Fri May 08, 2009 11:21 am

Ok, I did a Filter for warnings and errors in Xorg.0.log and I got the following:
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.

I cleared the filter and only one other line came up:
(==) NV(0): Using hardware cursor


Now I do the searches in messages:
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^Filter: error
May  5 01:36:44 Artimus kernel: [ 3911.973595] nautilus[7040]: segfault at 84000018 ip b76cdc46 sp bf9e32e0 error 4 in libgconf-2.so.4.1.5[b76ad000+2e000]

^Filter: warning
May  5 00:25:50 Artimus kernel: [   17.057336] warning: `avahi-daemon' uses 32-bit capabilities (legacy support in use)
May  5 00:28:28 Art...          [   17.458305] <same warning>
May  5 00:32:31 Art...          [   59.044328] <same warning>

^Filter: segfault
<same as error>


Also did a search in auth.log:
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^Filter: error
May  5 00:22:27 Artimus gdm[2377]: Autolaunch error: X11 initialization failed.

^Filter: warning
nada

But it doesn't seem that strange because it occurs 3 times per second on 5 different days, 3 different times during May 5th, and 2 different times during May 6th.

Hope this is enough. If not, maybe I could make a package of the logs and attach it. I can say that the problem occured sometime between 00:15 and 00:30 May 5th.

/Edward
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Re: New Asus, iffy drivers.

Postby Husse on Fri May 15, 2009 6:17 am

I'm sorry I don't think I can help you
You have a SIS chipset and that at least used to be a big warning sign but if that's still the case I don't know
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