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Old 15th November 2008, 04:56 PM
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Nvidia kernel update leaves X inoperable

I'm running F9 on a Geforce FX5900. When I updated to kernel 2.6.27.5-37 and rebooted, I get to a text mode log in screen, then the screen flickers for a few seconds, and X doesn't start. Uninstalling the nvidia drivers solves the problem, but as soon as I reinstall them, the problem recurs. Any advice appreciated.

xorg.conf
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# Xorg configuration created by livna-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "AIGLX" "on"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# keyboard added by rhpxl
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
ModelName "LCD Panel 1280x1024"
HorizSync 31.5 - 64.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 65.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nv"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection
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Old 15th November 2008, 05:00 PM
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After every kernel update, you need to re-install the Nvidia drivers. After that, problem solved (for me)
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Old 15th November 2008, 05:10 PM
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Yes, but reinstalling the drivers (the appropriate version for the new kernel) breaks X again
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Old 16th November 2008, 01:04 AM
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1. Make sure you have the nvidia module loaded (modprobe nvidia).
2. Make sure X uses the correct driver, you should replace the "nv" driver with "nvidia".

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Old 17th November 2008, 09:22 AM
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May be try installing nvidia drivers manually from nvidia website. After updating nvidia drivers, enable akmods and it should take care of rest.
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Old 17th November 2008, 11:04 AM
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I had this problem yesterday with my old kernel.I updated my kernel to 2.6.27.5-37.fc9.i686.And then just installed kmod-nvidia.My problem is solved.
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Old 22nd November 2008, 09:08 PM
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For the record, the problem was caused by a custom udev rule for the nvidia /dev node. Removing it solved the problem.
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Old 23rd November 2008, 10:06 PM
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i have the same problem with the text mode log in screen, i can only log in with root but only text mode so as a new person to fedora how do i go about this problem?

thanks in advance
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Old 23rd November 2008, 10:26 PM
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What NVidia driver version are you trying to install? The 173.xx flavor is now the latest to support GeForce 5xxx series chipsets....

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Old 23rd November 2008, 10:39 PM
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well what i remember i installed 173.??? and when i activated my second screen and set up all seemed well until i shut down my computer and later rebooted. and then text login screen.
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Old 23rd November 2008, 10:46 PM
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Here's a nvidia guide for the new rpmfusion nvidia packages .

http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=204756


P.S I recommend the akmod nvidia install instructions .

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Old 23rd November 2008, 10:52 PM
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so i just do this all text based just like in fedora with a terminal screen?
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Old 23rd November 2008, 11:22 PM
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ok so i tried to follow in command lines from leigh123 post

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfr...ble.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/...ble.noarch.rpm

and it says this:

retrieving http://...............
error: skipping http............... transfer failed - unknown or unexpected error

after reading some other post, other user have the same problem so i looked at when fedora boots and does the system check and its all green "ok" so i don't think their is anything wrong with fedora 9 i think its the nvidia driver that might be preventing me from the kernel

so how to i revert back to the original basic driver

thanks again new fedora user
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Old 24th November 2008, 03:00 AM
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[hanging head and weeping]
I was living merrily in fedora-land. Life was grand. Soon it would be f-10; but I had two kernels with working wifi and nvidia.

Then, I did something stupid. I tried updating to the latest kernel. Now, I have nothing. Except windows Vista, from which this is being entered. Flickering screen? yes that's me (akmod-nvidia notwithstanding). Not only did it not work with the latest, it wiped out what I had spent so many hours getting to work. I had three previous kernels; all were working, none are now.

It's just not fair [sniff, sniff....]
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Old 24th November 2008, 03:06 AM
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I'm sorry, I really don't understand why all the problems with NVidia drivers. If you guys want to try the DKMS-based NVidia driver like FreshRPMs used to offer, I've got nvidia-x11-drv-177.80-1.fc9.i386.rpm laying around which I'll upload for you to try, if you want. No guarantees, no updates.

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