X.org 6.9 doesn't work with NVidia 7800 GTX (fwd)

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Thu Jan 26 11:09:20 PST 2006

On Jan 26, 2006, at 7:50 AM, Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote:

> Mike O'Brien wrote:
>>     I sent this to "freebsd-x11" and didn't hear a peep back,
>> so I'm widening the net.
>>     I'm running FreeBSD 6-STABLE, cvsupped as of last night.  I  
>> upgraded
>> the ports collection to X.org 6.9 at the same time.  Under the X
>> that ships with 6-RELEASE, in the ISO image, and under X.org 6.9,
>> the symptoms are the same.
>>     The hardware is an Athlon 4400+ CPU on an Asus motherboard and an
>> NVIDIA 7800 GTX video card.
>>     I'm not running the NVidia FreeBSD driver (yet), preferring to  
>> see
>> the VESA work first before stirring the pot.  If I run X -probeonly,
>> I get a message that "module fbdev cannot be found".  This message
>> is, however, almost unreadable because the probing of the video
>> card causes the console contrast to drop almost to zero.  The room
>> has to be almost pitch-black before the remaining dim text can be
>> read.  I have to reboot the machine to make the console brightness
>> and contrast normal again.
>>     Any takers on either of these problems?
>> Mike O'Brien
> It might be worth trying the nvidia drivers even if VESA isn't  
> working.  My personal experience with the very recent FreeBSD  
> nvidia drivers is that they are awesome.

	He should use the official drivers since they allow the end user to  
experience the chipset (graphics accelleration, rendering,  
compositing) much better than the non-official drivers do.
	As for the problems with the drivers... investigate getting a new  
monitor or returning the existing card via RMA if this problem  

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