Bug#749264: No nvidia-driver working

Karsten Malcher debian at home.decotrain.de
Sat Sep 20 11:51:13 UTC 2014

Hello Vincent,

maybe i always find the combination of hardware that is not running?
For this PC the FX5200 is directly connected with DVI to the monitor.

I tried to get a running X with the nouveau driver - but it does not work!
For me it seems that a FX5200 is simply not supported:
[  1362.592] (II) NOUVEAU driver for NVIDIA chipset families :
[  1362.592] 	RIVA TNT        (NV04)
[  1362.592] 	RIVA TNT2       (NV05)
[  1362.592] 	GeForce 256     (NV10)
[  1362.592] 	GeForce 2       (NV11, NV15)
[  1362.592] 	GeForce 4MX     (NV17, NV18)
[  1362.592] 	GeForce 3       (NV20)
[  1362.592] 	GeForce 4Ti     (NV25, NV28)
[  1362.592] 	GeForce FX      (NV3x)
[  1362.592] 	GeForce 6       (NV4x)
[  1362.592] 	GeForce 7       (G7x)
[  1362.593] 	GeForce 8       (G8x)
[  1362.593] 	GeForce GTX 200 (NVA0)
[  1362.593] 	GeForce GTX 400 (NVC0)
[  1362.593] (--) using VT number 7
[  1362.921] (EE) [drm] failed to open device
[  1362.921] (EE) No devices detected.

So i booted Knoppix 6.7 and it works directly perfect!?
What is the secret of Knoppix using Debian as underlaying distribution?
I attached the log and xorg.conf from Knoppix.

When i tried the Knoppix xorg.conf in Wheezy the screen cannot be found.

The last thing i can try is to install the original driver from NVidia ...
(Or simply use Knoppix).
But before i will open a new bug against the legacy driver.


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# /etc/X11/xorg.conf
# Created by KNOPPIX # Delete this line if you don't want KNOPPIX to overwrite your /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     "XFree86 Configured"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	# Since evdev, manual keyboard/mice entries are mostly ignored:
	# Keyboard auto-probed
	# Touchpad auto-probed
	# USB mouse auto-probed
	# Serial Mouse auto-probed
### AIGLX for compiz 3D-Support with DRI & Composite
### This option doesn't hurt even if it's not supported by the individual card
        Option         "AIGLX"     "true"

Section "ServerFlags"
	Option "AllowMouseOpenFail"  "true"
	Option	"DPMS"	"true"

Section "Files"
	ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc:unscaled"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi:unscaled"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi:unscaled"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Speedo"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/PEX"
# Additional fonts: Locale, Gimp, TTF...
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic"
#	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/latin2/75dpi"
#	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/latin2/100dpi"
# True type and type1 fonts are also handled via xftlib, see /etc/X11/XftConfig!
	FontPath     "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/truetype"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latex-ttf-fonts"

Section "Module"
# Comments: see http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=346408
	Load  "dbe" # Double Buffering Extension, very important.
	Load  "dri" # This shouldn't be available choice if user has selected driver vga, vesa or nv.
	Load  "glx" # GLX Extension.
	Load  "freetype" # Freetype fonts.
	Load  "type1"  # Type 1 fonts
	Load  "record" # Developer extension, usually not needed
	Load  "extmod" # This is okay, but if you look into "man xorg.conf" you'll find option NOT to include DGA extension with extmod, and for a good reason.. DGA causes instability as it accesses videoram without consulting X about it.
	SubSection      "extmod"
		Option          "omit xfree86-dga"
#	Load  "speedo" # Speedo fonts, this module doesn't exist in Xorg 7.0.17
# The following are deprecated/unstable/unneeded in Xorg 7.0
#       Load  "ddc"  # ddc probing of monitor, this should be never present, as it gets automatically loaded.
#	Load  "GLcore" # This should be never present, as it gets automatically loaded.
#       Load  "bitmap" # Should be never present, as it gets automatically loaded. This is a font module, and loading it in xorg.conf makes X try to load it twice.

Section "Extensions"
	# compiz needs Composite, but it can cause bad (end even softreset-resistant)
	# effects in some graphics cards, especially nv.
	Option "Composite" "Enable"

# Monitor section auto-generated by KNOPPIX mkxorgconfig

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	ModelName    "Generic Monitor"
#	HorizSync    28.0 - 78.0 # Warning: This may fry very old Monitors
#	HorizSync    28.0 - 96.0 # Warning: This may fry old Monitors
#	VertRefresh  50.0 - 76.0 # Very conservative. May flicker.
#	VertRefresh  50.0 - 60.0 # Extreme conservative. Will flicker. TFT default.
	Option "MonitorLayout" "LVDS,AUTO"


Section "Device"
	### Available Driver options are:-
# sw_cursor is needed for some ati and radeon cards
        #Option     "sw_cursor"
        #Option     "hw_cursor"
        #Option     "NoAccel"
        #Option     "ShowCache"
        #Option     "ShadowFB"
        #Option     "UseFBDev"
        #Option     "Rotate"
	Identifier  "Card0"
		# Specified driver (chipset)
	Driver      "nouveau"
	VendorName  "All"
	BoardName   "All"
#	BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"

# compiz, beryl 3D-Support with DRI & Composite
	Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"
	Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
	Option "EnablePageFlip" "true"
	Option "TripleBuffer" "true"

# Tweaks for the xorg 7.4 (otherwise broken) "intel" driver
#	Option "Tiling" "no"
	Option "Legacy3D" "false"

# These two lines are (presumably) needed to prevent fonts from being scrambled
        Option  "XaaNoScanlineImageWriteRect" "true"
        Option  "XaaNoScanlineCPUToScreenColorExpandFill" "true"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Card0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "true"
	Option "DisableGLXRootClipping" "true"
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     1
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     4
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     8
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     15
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     16
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     24
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     32

Section "DRI"
	Mode 0666

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