Nvidia Driver - OpenGL - Compiz

Luke Dean LukeD at pobox.com
Wed Aug 13 15:36:44 UTC 2008

On Tue, 12 Aug 2008, Jeff Molofee wrote:

> Can anyone tell me why, how to fix, or even what is happening on my machine.
> I ran the 169.x driver for a long time with no issues at all. I decided to 
> upgrade to 173, and noticed instantly that any time I run an OpenGL 
> application X crashes instantly. The odd thing is that I am not seeing any 
> errors on the screen (maybe going off too fast), and I do not see any errors 
> in any of the log files. X shuts down instantly, my machine goes black, X 
> starts back up, and I sit here staring at the log in screen. If I go back to 
> the 169 driver, the issues does not occur.
> I'm not positive it's OpenGL applications, but it seems any game or GL 
> application I try crashes it instantly. Not even a second to acknowledge the 
> crash... screen goes black and that's it.
> I'm running FreeBSD 7.X (RELENG_7), nothing custom in the kernel, Intel 6600, 
> GeForce 8800, compiz, gnome, and nothing really fancy.
> I've had other tell me to roll back to 169, but no one can tell me why this 
> is happening, if it's a problem for everyone, if there is a fix, etc.
> Any bits of information would be greatly appreciated.

There should be some useful information in /var/log/Xorg.0.log just after 
X crashes.
If you restart X after the crash, I believe the old log would get 
rotated to /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old

Since x11/nvidia-driver is a binary driver that was linked against a 
specific version of OpenGL, it ships that version of OpenGL as a 
replacement for whatever's on your system at the time.
Maybe your OpenGL applications need to be rebuilt?
I'm not even sure if that suggestion makes sense, but it's something to 

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