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    Angry 8.04 and nForce chipset

    The problem: I've tried every single driver I have been able to find for the nForce 750a SLI chipset - the most recent being 750a SLI. There's nothing on the nVidia website specifically, so that's no help. Whenever I install the most recent video drivers (through EnvyNG, or manually) here's what happens:

    1) Normal boot
    2) (Right as GDM starts) No login window - no output to monitor

    I cannot for the life of me get this to work. This is a new system, so I'm just now updating to the 2.6.24.19 kernel. I don't think that should be causing these problems, but just in case, I thought I'd try it.

    This is after editing my xorg.conf file several times, with absolutely no luck. After I have these problems I've been booting up in "safe mode" and resetting the xserver. When this happens, I can't go any higher than 1024x768 resolution.

    Something I've just noticed that's odd: Ubuntu reports that it is running at 1024x768, but my monitor reports that it is running at 1280x800. Any thoughts?

    Here's my hardware, PLEASE let me know of any incompatibilities or drivers I need. I'll let you know if I've already tried them or not.

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M750SLI-DS4 (nForce 750a SLI chipset)
    RAM: 2 x 2GB Corsair DDR2
    HDD0: Maxtor 250GB SATA (dual-boot Ubuntu and Vista Ultimate)
    HDD1: Seagate 750GB SATA (file storage)
    Monitor: Gateway XHD3000 30" (max resolution 2560x1600 with DVI)
    Graphics: XFX 8800GT
    CD/DVD: Pioneer Blu-ray ROM / DVD+-RW / CD+-RW
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

    Note: In order to get the system to install from the live CD (and to boot) I added these options to GRUB:

    Code:
    floppy=off all_generic_ide
    I found that without this the live CD gave me an "fd0 I/O error" and regular boot just went into BusyBox.

    Please help!

    Update: Here's the output of lspci:
    Code:
    00:00.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0754 (rev a2)
    00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 075d (rev a2)
    00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0752 (rev a1)
    00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0751 (rev a1)
    00:01.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0568 (rev a1)
    00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 077b (rev a1)
    00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 077c (rev a1)
    00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 077d (rev a1)
    00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 077e (rev a1)
    00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0759 (rev a1)
    00:07.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0774 (rev a1)
    00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 075a (rev a1)
    00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0ad0 (rev a2)
    00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0760 (rev a2)
    00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0569 (rev a1)
    00:10.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0778 (rev a1)
    00:14.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 077a (rev a1)
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    01:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
    02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 084d (rev a2)
    03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8800 GT (rev a2)
    04:00.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors Unknown device 7160 (rev 03)
    Here's the part specific to the graphics card:
    Code:
    02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 084d (rev a2)
    03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8800 GT (rev a2)
    One is obviously the 8800 GT, the other is the motherboard's onboard graphics.
    Last edited by gforcing; September 9th, 2008 at 06:16 PM. Reason: Bold didn't work

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    Re: 8.04 and nForce chipset

    Bump + Update: Updated to the newest kernel, still doesn't work. It seems like the problem comes whenever the nVidia logo is supposed to show up (before the login screen appears).

    I think the issue may be that the drivers I'm installing work for my 8800GT, but not for the motherboard's integrated graphics...anyone know how to disable a PCI card in xorg.conf? Or in general?

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    Re: 8.04 and nForce chipset

    remove it? Also, you can disable it in the BIOS.
    Whenever posting a question, don't forget to place tags on them.

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    Arrow Re: 8.04 and nForce chipset

    Couple of quick notes about the the XHD3000 (I just got one), running on Interpid:
    1. Make sure to use the 'nvidia' driver in your xorg.conf
    2. "nvidia-auto-select" in your display block will always max you out at 1200x800 on this screen, you'll need to explicitly specify resolutions higher then 1200x800 using 'Modes'.
    3. To get to max resolution of 2560x1600 you must be running a card that supports dual-link DVI as well using a dual-link DVI cable to carry the signal. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:g...ctor_Types.svg) - All of the DVI plugs on the cards look the same, but doesn't mean they do dual-link, I have a nvidia 7150i which doesn't and a 7600GT which does, if your cable has the group 27 pins it should be good.
    4. If you aren't using a dual-link card + cable, like my current desktop, then your max resolution is 1920x1200 which you must also explicitly specify using 'Modes'


    I was able to push the screen up to 2560x1600 using my 7600GT, so I know it can be done.

    Here's the relevant bits of my xorg.conf
    Code:
    Section "Monitor"
    	Identifier	"Generic Monitor"
    	Horizsync	30.0	-	70.0
    	Vertrefresh	50.0	-	160.0
    	Option		"DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"Generic Video Card"
    	Driver		"nvidia"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier	"Default Screen"
    	Device		"Generic Video Card"
    	Monitor		"Generic Monitor"
    	Defaultdepth	24
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	24
    #		Modes		"nvidia-auto-select"
    #		Modes		"2560x1600"
    		Modes		"1920x1200"
    	EndSubSection
    EndSection





    Quote Originally Posted by gforcing View Post
    This is after editing my xorg.conf file several times, with absolutely no luck. After I have these problems I've been booting up in "safe mode" and resetting the xserver. When this happens, I can't go any higher than 1024x768 resolution.

    Something I've just noticed that's odd: Ubuntu reports that it is running at 1024x768, but my monitor reports that it is running at 1280x800. Any thoughts?

    Monitor: Gateway XHD3000 30" (max resolution 2560x1600 with DVI)

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