Bug 85857 - nv driver crashes (gives a black screen)
Summary: nv driver crashes (gives a black screen)
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86-Servers
Version: phoebe
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Mike A. Harris
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-03-09 16:58 UTC by Philip Van Hoof
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-03-10 10:27:13 UTC

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Description Philip Van Hoof 2003-03-09 16:58:07 UTC
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Description of problem:
The nv driver hangs. I have been using the nvidia drivers from nvidia.com on my
RedHat 8.0 installation. When I upgraded to the current beta (Phoebe) and
(manually) set the driver from "nvidia" to "nv", I got a black screen and
everything hangs (going back to a console is impossible). My nvidia card is a
Geforce 2 MX.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install rh8.0
2. Install the nvidia drivers from nvidia.com (which is what a lot users do)
3. Install phoebe
4. Set "nvidia" back to "nv" in the XF86Config file
5. startx


Actual Results:  Black screen.. everything hangs

Expected Results:  X should have started with the opensource nvidia-driver

Additional info:

Comment 1 Mike Chambers 2003-03-09 19:27:08 UTC
Please attach your XFree config & log files.  Also, give the output of rpm -qa 
| grep kernel, rpm -qa | grep NIVIDIA and uname -a.

Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2003-03-10 10:27:13 UTC
Nvidia's drivers purposefully remove or rename files that are part of
our XFree86 packaging once they are installed.  As such, the only way
to ensure that you have the exact files installed that are part of
Red Hat Linux, is to reinstall the XFree86 package after removing the
Nvidia binary drivers.

Red Hat does not support systems which use Nvidia's binary drivers, nor
those which have had files modified or removed during the installation
of those drivers.

Furthermore, since Nvidia's technical specifications are not available
to the public, nor to Red Hat freely, nor under any form of NDA, there
is nothing that Red Hat can do to fix bugs in the "nv" driver, even if
it is nonfunctional on a clean installation.

If the "nv" driver continues to cause problems on a clean OS installation,
please report this problem to xfree86@xfree86.org, so that the driver
maintainer(s) at Nvidia whom have access to the hardware specifications
can investigate the problem and perhaps fix the bugs that may be present
in the "nv" driver.

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