Any ideas on X freezing up with NVIDIA drivers?

Chris Readle patterner at
Mon Oct 20 12:17:59 PDT 2003

Fellow newb here, but I've also been working on X issues with my GForceFX
in Linux *and* FBSD so I might (and I stress might) be able to help.

First things first, can you post your /etc/X11/XF86Config file?

Are you using *dm (xdm, kdm, gdm, etc) or are you booting to CLI and doing
startx?  I've had more issues with kdm and my FX than with CLI + startx.

As for AGP and kernel config, I've gotten mine working with AGP in the
kernel and compiled with no optimizations other than CPUTYPE.

Once I get a look at your files (and compare them to mine at home) I might
have some more suggestions.


--- Don Whitteker <kindredmnementh at> wrote:
> Hello all and thank you in advance...first off I am
> still a bit of a
> newbie with FreeBSD (and *NIX in general) but am
> learning more every
> day = ) I hope I got this on the correct list but feel
> free to point
> me in the right direction if I did not
>'s the problem. I have an A7N8X board
> (deluxe) and am trying
> to use the nvidia driver with my GeForceFX. I've
> installed 5.1-Release
> (I tries 4.8 too but the 5.1 just seemed to flow
> better with me) and
> have ACPI turned off in my BIOS and in FBSD. However
> no matter what I
> do all I seem to be able to get when I start up X is
> the nvidia logo.
> I lose all keyboard function and thus have to do a
> hard reboot. I have
> been working on this particular little problem for a
> number of weeks
> now to no avail. I have searched any relevant docs I
> could find
> (nvidia, handbook,XFree86 site, nforce2 site) to no
> avail. I have
> googles so much I have trouble remembering which
> keyword combination I
> used to get to a particular page. Basically I am
> clueless on what to
> try next. I have tried make setup with the
> in the kernel, tried the WITH_FREEBSD_AGP with it not
> in the kernel
> but as a module, I have tried with no agp in kernel or
> agp.ko and
> using the cards AGPGART. I have even tried
> combinations between them.
> I have compiled and recompiled with optimizations
> (-march=athlon-xp
> CHFLAGS= -o -pipe) and without but nothing seems to
> change.
> The only errors I am getting in my XFree86.0.log is a
> couple of
> warnings about some resolution I don't use anyway not
> working with my
> monitor and of course it not being able to verify AGP
> usage when I am
> using freebsd's agpgart. Other than that everything
> looks peachy keen.
> Everything works fine with "nv"
> Looking back I probably would not have gotten such a
> problematic
> chipset if I had known I was going to be giving up
> windows and moving
> to something a little more fun = )...btw besides the
> whole video
> driver thing I am loving this OS.
> oh yeah....if you need me to post my dmesg or config
> file or log or
> anything just let me know
> = )
> Don Whitteker
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