NVidia driver stability?
bruce at cran.org.uk
Thu Jul 10 18:19:46 PDT 2003
On Thu, Jul 10, 2003 at 04:41:40PM -0700, Evan Dower wrote:
> The new nvidia-driver was unstable for me as well. So much so that I
> deinstalled it so I could get some actual work done. I never was able o get
> any specifics about it, as I don't have a serial console set up, and when
> it crashes it freezes the screen. I can tell you this much though.
> Sometimes when it locked up, I was able to ssh in from another machine, see
> that XFree86 was taking 98-99% of CPU time, kill XFree86, and continue on.
> Other times, I couldn't even ssh in, as the connection hung, so I had to do
> a hard restart. The timing of these crashes was entirely unpredictable.
> I have a GeForce 3 Ti 200 and FreeBSD 5.1-RELENG. I tried with both AGP's.
> Loading nvidia-driver into a debug kernel (INVARIANTS and WITNESS) still
> causes an immediate panic. I don't know how the Nvidia people can do QA on
> this without a debugging kernel. Just poorly I guess. I hope someone finds
> this helpful though I would be shocked if it did. I would be happy
> (ecstatic, actually) to run any experiments someone might be interested in.
I've found the nvidia driver to be very stable, using a new -CURRENT
build and the NVidia agp driver. I've got a GeForce 4200 Go, and the only
thing the nvidia driver doesn't seem to like is changing resolutions - I've
had a few problems including a reboot from that. Unloading the module
panics the kernel, with
possibly freeing with wrong type, but maybe not here.
I can get a backtrace, if anybody's interested.
I also get a few LORs from the driver, which trace back to the sources in
> Many thanks,
> Evan Dower
> Undergraduate, Computer Science
> University of Washington
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> >Yes, I can replicate the behavior you describe upon running glxinfo
> >repeatedly. I have not yet had any trouble with xvinfo. I have
> >also seen a couple of crashes (not repeatable) after running
> >some of the xscreensaver-demo examples and/or some of the GL
> >apps for xscreensaver directly.
> >I am running a freshly built 4.8-STABLE system, plus a GeForce3
> >Ti 200 PCI card and a rebuilt version of the nvidia-driver port.
> >Before I rebuilt the entire system and kernel the nvidia-port
> >driver caused the system to page fault immediately upon starting
> >I reverted to the standard nv driver for a while, then read a
> >couple of messages on one of the freebsd mailing lists about
> >the necessity of rebuilding everything due to a change in proc.h.
> >After the cvsup, rebuild process, the nvidia driver seems to
> >work, except for the problems mentioned above.
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