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    X problems when upgrading to Ibex

    I just upgraded from Hardy to Ibex. Everything seemed to go quite well but after I rebooted I got an error saying "(EE) Default device is not PCI"

    I fiddled with the settings a lot and finally found some threads to help me (used another computer).
    What I did was apt-get remove --purge Nvidia* after which I downloaded the latest Nvidia drivers 180.29 and installed them.
    From lspci | grep VGA I got an address 2:0:0 which I added to my xorg.conf as busid "PCI:2:0:0" after which starting X gave me a login screen that flickered in black and white occasionally showing me the login screen behind it. I couldn't enter my login details.

    After some more googling I changed the HorizSync and VertRefresh to reflect those of my monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 226BW). Starting X after that showed my background and it tried to load gnome-panels which disappeared soon. I saw a mouse cursor that turned into a loading clock every once in a while and some outlines of windows were flickering on the screens. This went on for quite a while.

    Then I Ctrl-Alt-F1'd into tty and got a message saying something about module type1 not loaded. With some google advice I commented module type1 out from xorg.conf and rebooted.

    After this the black and white blinking on my login screen happened again. No matter what I did (even copying over my xorg.conf with the settings that got me to desktop earlier) I couldn't make it go away and I'm still getting this blinking.

    Any advice on what to do here?

    EDIT: tty is giving me 4 lines saying "no block devices found"
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    Re: X problems when upgrading to Ibex

    What model video card are you using? Some of the older Nvidia and ATI cards aren't supported by the new version of Xorg in Ibex.

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    Re: X problems when upgrading to Ibex

    Finally an answer. Thanks!

    I'm using Club3D's Geforce 6600 GS.

    I read that some people with really new cards had similar problems though, at least to the "remove every Nvidia thing and fetch the VGA address from lspci info" part.
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    Re: X problems when upgrading to Ibex

    After a bit of googling, I found this post on the Nvidia forums. Short story is that even though it's listed as being compatible with a certain driver, there may a bug which inhibits the card from functioning properly.

    Try a different driver version.The posting mentions 180.37 and 185.13 as working with 6600s

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    Re: X problems when upgrading to Ibex

    No go. I've fiddled around with the settings a lot and seem to have experienced nearly every error message there is.
    Can't do othan than try and try.

    EDIT: Latest info:
    I can get to login screen, I can see the Nvidia logo before that, resolution seems to be ok, BUT I'm seeing a black screen for 1 second, then a really quick white screen followed by even quicker view of my login screen after which again 1 sec black screen and over again.

    Choosing the right HorizSync and VertRefresh rates on xorg.conf corrected this earlier but now that I look at them they're still the right ones and this keeps happening.
    Last edited by Mayfairy; March 22nd, 2009 at 09:35 PM.
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    Re: X problems when upgrading to Ibex

    Finally managed to get my box working. As the most radical measure I did a clean install of Ibex on top of my old install without formatting it.
    Good thing I kept my /home on another partition.
    Took a bit fiddling around after that to get things working but in the end it turned out ok.

    One thing I noted though is that I couldn't make desktop effects work with my Nvidia 6600GS card no matter what I did.

    Luckily I had already ordered a new Nvidia 9800 GT card which I installed and voila, when I logged in I had desktop effects working really nicely.
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