GeForce 8200

  • jmccanna
Posted: Wed, 04/29/2009 - 20:58
Hi All, I just upgraded to a smoking fast quad-core board with a GeForce 8200 nVidia chip/video set. I installed WinXp successfully and on a separate partition installed 64Studio successfully but upon reboot to the harddrive I see the system load up but then it goes black and sits. I checked the xorg.conf file from the root shell and it is the standard one that exists. I tried to fix broken packages in the recovery mode, tried rebuiding the X server but it did nothing. I tried to upgrade from the shell but it did not work either. So, I have uninstalled and will reinstall but thought I would ask ahead of time if there was anything else I can do? Hmmm, I thought the upgrade would help. Fancy that. James

Sidux & Ubuntu kernels

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Sat, 05/02/2009 - 15:08
Hi James, Sidux mentions a kernel-rt but I've yet to find it. I think you're quite close to completion with your kernel build! You've done loads in this last couple of weeks, so take it easy:) To build the real time kernel you have to take it slowly, download the source & patch. Research how to apply the patch & Research google: Makefile One step at a time, slowly is the key. The build takes time and it's not nice when it fails because you've missed a step out of the configure process. If ubuntustudio is working for you at this time, complete your setup and installs on ubuntustudio first. Then move on to the next task. Cheers! Dave.

Stock rt Kernel?

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Sat, 05/02/2009 - 14:52
Hi, Maybe that is the problem. I went and grabbed the vanilla and rt-kernel from kernel.org per one of the tutorials you linked to. Do you think Sidux has its own rt-kernel? From what I could tell it did not. My head is beginning to hurt a bit. As to Ubuntu, I have got it running pretty well but am working on upgrading the Ardour and jack installs. Default is Ardour 2.7 and Jack .116. Also, it does not seem to automatically install the Alsa-firmware package I need for my Echo Mona card. So, there is a bit of work to do. The video works great though. I really do not like the screen backdrop at all - - very mechanistic. A minor point I know but Ubuntu usually has great art. James

distro variations

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Sat, 05/02/2009 - 08:45
Hi James J> error: File system is ext2fs, partition is 0x83 and then an Error 15 I need to look more into this error message. Many distros use their own patches etc., on their kernels so IMHO it's better to stick with a stock kernel build. The sidux dev's are the best ones to understand what's gone wrong but my initial thought is that grub is pointing to the wrong place, but I'm not sure without more info on the build. 2.6.29-rt10 (Quentin's.config) is working nice here on 64studio, on with another build today 2.6.29-rt11, when I'm happy I'll try installing the kernel-rt on my sidux install. It sounds like you're going about the 64studio xorg.conf issue with the right frame of mind and I wish you the best of luck, you're doing a good job and getting to grips with testing. This issue really needs sorting. I had a look at UbuntuStudio 9.04 myself and thought it was very nice. The kernel was ok but many users are reporting kernel problems on installs. How is the kernel working on your install? Keep up the good work:) Cheers! Dave.

Not fixed

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Fri, 05/01/2009 - 22:29
Hi, It is not fixed because I do not know what it means. The error when I try to boot the rt-kernel is above, that the file system is etc2 etc. As a reminder, this is on the Sidux install. Now, if I misconfigured it how can I uninstall it to start over? I still cannot get any cheat codes to work at all with the 64Studio Beta install. I can get to the recovery mode but then it just goes black when I reboot. One last thing I will try is stealing the xorg.conf file from either/or/both the Sidux sys or the Ubuntu sys and see if they will work under the Beta. BTW, this is being typed on the new UbuntuStudio 9.04 which installed like a charm and with the nVidia drivers installed. Thanks, I am continuing to progress I guess. James

Menu list & kernel build

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Fri, 05/01/2009 - 17:32
Hi James, If you didn't get this boot error fixed. Can you post back your menu list? Your kernel build time will be massively reduced when you stop building all the drivers\modules you don't need, all this will come in time, and with practice. Cheers! Dave.

No luck

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 19:31
Hi, RT build looked successful but I mis-edited the Grub file. I get this error File system is ext2fs, partition is 0x83 (pretty sure file system is ext3) and then an Error 15. Hmmm. Well I am going to install Beta now and see what happens. James

Build is still building

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 18:57
Hi, This takes a while I guess. I have a quad-core system with 4gig of RAM and it is still going. So far no hiccups as far as I can tell. Now, Beta3 already has rt built in which is obviously a huge advantage. But, it does not help if I cannot get it to boot. More later. Thanks, James EDIT I guess once it is done, I am unsure of what comes next. I am following one of the guides you linked me to. Do I simply reboot?

Re: Build is ongoing new

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 18:31
Hi James, The build should work ok, if not don't be too upset. You're definitely going down a good path, it gets easier, and is well worth the time involved. Respect:) Dave.

build an rt-kernel

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 17:36
Hi James, build an rt-kernel: Great news:) I'm just putting a little howto together for browsing your kernel configs. I take it the cheat codes didn't work? Cheers! Dave.

Build is ongoing

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 18:22
Hi, The rt-kernel build is under Sidux (I have no idea if it will work) so I have not had a chance to reinstall the Beta3 yet. I will do so and insert the cheat code and see what happens later. Thanks, James

bios settings & boot cheat codes

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 15:50
Hi James, If you hadn't mentioned sidux is ok I would have recommended checking your bios settings, but then again sidux could be using some hidden cheat codes for initial graphics settings. Change Boot Options Temporarily For An Existing Installation: Googled: boot cheat codes Check out codes like: xmodule=nv Cheers! Dave

Bios Setting?

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 19:00
Hi, As an ongoing thought, assuming that Sidux has to use cheat codes to overcome the bios settings - - which bios settings were you thinking of? I have fairly good skill with the bios so it looked okay to me but I am always open to suggestions. Thanks, James

Very odd behavior

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 17:28
Hi, I will reinstall again and see what happens. BTW, I am trying to build an rt-kernel under Sidux at this moment. James

GeForce 8200 probs

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 14:28
Hi, When I boot into the system it Grub gives me the choice of the regular kernel and the recovery one. It starts the boot in each but will not fire up the video monitor at the end. So, does this mean it might be a boot up problem? Or, more likely, at least I think so, a video problem with the xserver? I have done a fresh install with a disc I know has worked before. James

nv & new viedo card

  • madforthenet
  • 03/10/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 09:06
Hi guys . If I tell about anout my reccent experience with video driver I can tell that nv work on nvidia 8500 , I had one but recently crash, of course without 3D. I had this card and has worked on 64Studio with all kernel and nv driver , I had 3D with nvidia driver only in kernel 2.6.26 not with last. Have just try with a new clean install ? Bye Guido

¿kernel options?

  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 06:27
Hi James, It is possible you need to pass some boot options to the kernel. Take a look at the /boot/grub/menu.lst in Sidux and compare it with the menu.lst in Fedora10 and 64Studio. Note the lines that begins with "kernel". The "title" line has the text you can see in the grub menu, so you can guess which "kernel" line corresponds to the failed kernels. Also, follow this thread and the link Dave mentions: http://www.64studio.com/node/1102 I can't say this categorically but you nvidia should work out of the box. At the very least, with bad graphic resolution and no 3D. Hopefully, with good graphic resolution but no 3D. Cheers! Pablo.

No luck with new board

  • jmccanna
  • 03/04/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 03:53
Hi, I have a ECS GF8200A MB with an nVidia chipset on it and I can install the beta 3 but get a total black screen when it boots. I am unable to upload/download anything from the root shell offered me when I use the rescue boot. Is it the nVidia drivers? Similarly, Fedora 10 had problems too. On another note, Sidux installed like a charm. Any suggestions are certainly welcomed. I really want this to work. Thanks, James