NVidia driver stability?

Evan Dower evantd at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 10 16:41:41 PDT 2003

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.
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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