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    NVIDIA (Score: 1)
    by ex-bart on Saturday, March 30 @ 14:41:15 GMT
    (User Info)

    I had that Problems with NVIDIA (Riva TNT II) also. I don’t remember how I worked around it, I think it was something like disabling frambuffer support when compiling the kernel.

    That card caused me so many troubles, I’m now using an older Matrox instead…

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    • Re: NVIDIA by Anonymous on Saturday, March 30 @ 15:15:53 GMT

    Re: Take the plunge, the water is nice and warm (upgrading t (Score: 1)
    by mwright (mwright, a sourceforge user.) on Saturday, March 30 @ 16:15:14 GMT
    (User Info)

    I used to use the NVidia drivers (with a GeForce2), and have a crash (complete computer crash; not even the SysRQ keys would work) about every week or two. I’ve since switched to an ATI Radeon, and don’t have these problems anymore. So, I’d assume it’s the NVidia drivers (yeah, this is a totally unscientific way of measuring it, but apparently, a lot of people have problems with them).

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    Re: Take the plunge, the water is nice and warm (upgrading t (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, March 30 @ 17:05:37 GMT

    Have you tried enabled the Magic SysRq key? X locks

    up on me a lot when I use GL apps (try about every

    time an OpenGL program exits), and it seems like you

    would have to reboot since the keyboard and mouse

    aren’t working…except you don’t. Alt-SysRq-K kills

    X for me every time. The only problem is that it

    destroys my consoles (when I switch to another vt

    I see what was last on my screen), so you have to

    use a display manager or you can’t start X again.

    You can always start X like this of course:

    while :; do startx; done, but the display

    manager works better (at least for me).

    If you don’t know how to enable the Magic SysRq key:

    choose your favorite kernel config method, go to

    the “Kernel Hacking” section, enable “kernel debugging,”

    and enable “Magic SysRq Key.” Read the docs on it first;

    if other users can use your system, there may be

    some security issues with it.

    – unknown_lamer (no email/website now, hackedtobits

    is gone so I need a new home)

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    Re: Take the plunge, the water is nice and warm (upgrading t (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, March 31 @ 02:28:24 BST

    People automatically jump to the conclusion that any crash of X or the whole system with an nvidia card that it is the closed source drivers. I remember during the 2.4.9 kernel my X would freeze and lock up the entire system. First people told me”that’s impossible linux doens’t crash, you must just be stupid”, then less zealous people who realize that yes linux can crash then said “oh it’s those evil closed source drivers of course, so you deserve it for using nvidia” then of course time goes on and it comes to light that they where all full of shit and that there was a bug in the SB Live driver that caused the whole system to lock up…and as someone else stated there where some strange AMD issues lurking around cuasing trouble. So naturally everyone will blame the closed source driver but usually these attacks are unfounded. I have been using the binary nvidia driver and for the last 6 months at least it has been perfectly stable. Of course you can switch to the open source nvidia driver, yes X comes with a perfectly fine set of drivers for nvidia cards that are on par with any other open source drivers. The binary drivers are even better though, and now are quite stable. I’m not defending closed source drivers, of course that is undesirable and we all know the problems with closed source…but don’t let people put politics ahead of finding the real root of the problem, which may have absolutely nothing to do with the nvidia drivers whatsoever.

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