Problems with PCI-express video card

Danny Pansters danny at
Sat Apr 9 16:22:17 PDT 2005

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Is this is a brand new board/box (eg first time trying FreeBSD with it)? If 
so, try physically installing first the RAM then the pci-x card. They want a 
memory adress pool allocated and that should be "above" your RAM allocated 

You don't need agp in your kernel, in fact better not if you use 

You might also have a basket case situation where your allocated addresses for 
the nvidia overlap with those for another PCI card, but I think usually the 
OS will handle this. My first bet would be on the "RAM chipping" that might 
occur as explained above.

Also note (perhaps superfluous) that you shouldn't be running X when 
(re)loading nvidia.ko.

But perhaps it just isn't supported. Does using X' nv work or not?



On Thursday 07 April 2005 04:12, Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote:
> I have a nvidia PCI-express 6600 video card on an Intel SE7525GP2
> motherboard.  I am running a fairly recent version of RELENG_5.
> I am having great difficulty getting the video card to work.  On an
> older version of Xorg it would try to use the vesa driver.  It did put
> up some video, but it was illegible.
> The most recent version of Xorg tries to use the nv driver.  I have also
> tried out the very recent nvidia driver that just came out on the nvidia
> website a few days ago.  In these cases startx simply doesn't work, and
> I get the error messages:
> (EE) NVIDIA(0): No valid FB address in PCI config space
> I might add that when the nvidia.ko is loading, it puts out messages
> like this:
> pci3: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib3
> nvidia0: <GeForce 6600> mem
> 0xdd000000-0xddffffff,0xf0000000-0xffffffff,0xd80000
> 00-0xdbffffff at device 0.0 on pci3
> nvidia0: NVRM: NVIDIA MEM resource alloc failed.
> nvidia0: NVRM: NVIDIA driver alloc failed.
> device_attach: nvidia0 attach returned 6
> I have tried also messing with the AGP settings to no avail, but I guess
> that is irrelevant anyway (is AGP totally unrelated to PCI-express?)
> I don't know if this is a video card issue, or a motherboard issue, or
> what.  It works beautifully with Windows XP.  I might try it out with
> Linux also, but I haven't got that far yet.
> Thanks, Stephen
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