Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 27194
problems with Nvidia GeForce 2 Pro during install
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
1) the card is detected properly as an "NVIDIA GeForce 2 (generic)" during
the X configuration phase. However, it says it only has 256KB of memory
when it has 64MB.
2) If I test the configuration during the install (1024x768x16 -- the
standard/default) the screen goes black then returns to a partially drawn X
screen (hard to describe); pressing any key from this point repeats this
process (black then partially drawn screen). There is no way to exit this
and a reboot is needed.
Ctrl-Alt-F1 shows this:
Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :9
Gdk-ERROR **: Fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server :9.
text install ...
I am unable to successfully test an X config during the installation phase
.. it always says that an error occurred. Other virtual consoles did not
enlightenment as to the problem. If I still the X config and reboot into
the OS then startx works fine without any modifications or without running
1) Using a similar card ("NVIDIA GeForce 256 (generic)"), my card is detected @
4Mb instead of 32Mb ... :(
2) did you test your X configuration from a cdrom based install? If so, are you
able to see the same behavior when testing X from a network based install?
(There may be issues with slow cdrom io in fisher that causes nastiness at the
If I remember correctly all installs were NFS installs.
The memory issue doesn't bother me (I don't even see memory listed anywhere in
the config file and it appears to be autodetected fine when I startx); it just
The test issue does bother me... with 3 different video cards (Radeon 64MB,
Voodoo5 5500 AGP, and the GeForce 2 Pro) I have yet to get a successful video
test during an install. (I've opened separate problems for the other 2 video
I have a Radeon 64MB in my test machine at work and the Radeon problems have
been resolved. I'll look into the Voodoo5 and GeForce issue. Did you try the
'nofb' option? Also, try passing vga=788 at the boot prompt. In Fisher, the
vga mode is being incorrectly set to vga=787, which causes problems with some
one thing about the Voodoo 5 test during the install: it isn't that I have a
problem when I test it--it is that there is no option to test it
I'm checking the vga=788 suggestion now
at the boot prompt I issued linux vga=788
this gave marginally better results: when I select test the screen flashes a few
times, then returns me to the original screen (the one with the test button) --
the system isn't frozen, but I can't get a decent test either
'nofb' option gives same result as passing vga=788
I went back and tested this under RHL 7--there were no problems (this was with a
graphical install off a CD-ROM)
I think in RHL 7 that we did not draw the 'Test' button if a Voodoo card was
detected because they almost always locked up the machine. I haven't gotten my
hands on a Voodoo card at work yet. From your last few posts, it's not clear
which card you are using. Can you clarify?
sorry for the confusion -- all tests were done with the GeForce card. I just
mentioned the Voodoo 5 and the Radeon as an aside to indicate that I had
problems with those as well. If I get a chance soon I'll test the GeForce card
this bug is fixed in Wolverine. The amount of memory on the card is correctly
identified and the video card test works.