[pkg-nvidia-devel] Bug#521699: nvidia-glx: Segfault immediately after NVIDIA logo when starting gdm

Ben Marsh blm at woodheap.org
Sun Mar 29 14:57:15 UTC 2009

Package: nvidia-glx
Version: 173.14.09-5
Severity: grave
Justification: renders package unusable

Hi,  After installing nvidia-glx and nvidia-kernel-source my X does not start when Xorg.conf tells it to use the nvidia driver.

When I start gdm the nvidia logo is displayed and then I get a textmode blank display with a cursor in top left hand corner.

When I look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log there are no (EE) lines except relating to amissing font dir.  This error message is present when I start X fine with the nv driver. The backtrace at the bottom of Xorg.0.log is missing when X does not start up.  However, I noticed that when I type in dmesg I get a new line every time X attempts to start:
Xorg[5210]: segfault at fffffffc ip b7fb99de sp bffc6f08 error 4 in ld-2.7.so[b7fac000+1a000]

The only thing that changes is what I guess is the PID eg 5120.

X starts up if I change the driver to the nv (open source?) one.  This sucks because after a period of use X slows to a crawl with the nv driver and I cannot play video files at all.

The video card details are below.  It is a Dell XPS 1330 laptop.

-- Package-specific info:
uname -r:
Linux mahogony.woodheap.org 2.6.26-1-686 #1 SMP Fri Mar 13 18:08:45 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

Linux version 2.6.26-1-686 (Debian 2.6.26-13lenny2) (dannf at debian.org) (gcc version 4.1.3 20080704 (prerelease) (Debian 4.1.2-25)) #1 SMP Fri Mar 13 18:08:45 UTC 2009


01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8400M GS (rev a1)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_AU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_AU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages nvidia-glx depends on:
ii  libc6                  2.7-18            GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libgcc1                1:4.3.2-1.1       GCC support library
ii  libgl1-mesa-glx [libgl 7.0.3-7           A free implementation of the OpenG
ii  libx11-6               2:1.1.5-2         X11 client-side library
ii  libxext6               2:1.0.4-1         X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii  nvidia-kernel-2.6.26-1 173.14.09+3       NVIDIA binary kernel module for Li
ii  x11-common             1:7.3+18          X Window System (X.Org) infrastruc
ii  zlib1g                 1: compression library - runtime

nvidia-glx recommends no packages.

Versions of packages nvidia-glx suggests:
ii  nvidia-kernel-source         173.14.09-5 NVIDIA binary kernel module source
pn  nvidia-settings              <none>      (no description available)

-- no debconf information

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