Bug 507497 - compatibility issues with 2.6.29 kernel and some nvidia cards
compatibility issues with 2.6.29 kernel and some nvidia cards
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2009-06-22 21:03 EDT by Paul Paukstelis
Modified: 2010-06-28 09:14 EDT (History)
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Description Paul Paukstelis 2009-06-22 21:03:06 EDT
Description of problem:

Attempted DVD update of Fedora 10 system with nvidia 8600 GT. Could not get X to start no matter what drivers I tried to use. Tried a clean install, and anaconda would fail to start X. I was able to start X with vesa driver. Even doing a clean install would not get X to start with nouveau, only vesa. Tried to install nvidia drivers, but got the error message that the drivers were not compatible with the card (

There appears to be some issue with memory assignment that is preventing 2.6.29 from recognizing certain video card configurations. This was not an issue with 2.6.27. see http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=133129. This likely requires a kernel patch. I flashed my bios but still couldn't get it to work. Going back to Fedora 10 at this point.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
2.6.29 (from DVD iso)

How reproducible:
Very, for me.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 11
2. X won't start
3. X won't start
Actual results:

No X, no video driver loading

Expected results:

Video driver load, X start
Additional info:
Comment 1 Chuck Ebbert 2009-06-29 12:15:10 EDT
Did you try the nv driver?
Comment 2 Paul Paukstelis 2009-06-29 13:24:21 EDT
Yes. I initially modified a basic xorg.conf manually to switch driver to nv. Nothing. Unfortunately, I wasn't saving logs after everything I tried (was getting irate). I've gone back to Fedora 10 at this point as I can't be without this machine. If you check the links from the nvidia forum, it is pretty clear that it isn't from their end.
Comment 3 Paul Paukstelis 2009-07-07 12:47:29 EDT
Update: I went ahead and installed Fedora 10 packages from koji, and these seem to work fine.
Comment 4 Paul Paukstelis 2009-07-24 13:05:15 EDT
Update: after a yum update, the kernel I installed stopped working. It gives me the same errors I was getting in dmesg previously. Namely that the nvidia driver is not compatible with my video card.
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