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    X problem in Ubuntu 6600GT SLI

    After running my Win XP for sometime now I decided I need to instal something more reliable on my computer - chose Linux of course . Now that I finally got around to installing Linux (Ubuntu 6.06 64-bit) I'm having a really strange issue with X.

    Whenever I boot into linux, I see the Ubuntu splash and the list of checks that the system goes through as it is booting. However, once that is done and I see a dash in the upper left hand corner flash a few times, then it stays solid. I am pretty sure at this point X has fully loaded, and is just showing on my screen what was shown last (the dash). The reason I've come to this conclusion is because I can hear all the sounds comming from various things that I do. If I just hit enter, I hear an error-esque sound. However, if I blindly enter my login, hit tab, then type in my password, I hear a very pleasant sound, which I'm guessing is the shell loading up.

    Now, I can go into terminals 1-6 with no problem and work various commands, but if I try to enter terminal 7, I basically have the same problem as in the beginning and just see what was last on the screen.

    This also does with Ubuntu 5.10 .... I tried installing 6.06 with server install and then used this command:


    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

    Because the live cd install does the black out already on the beggining...


    Here are the basic specs of my machine:


    Biostar N4SLI-A9-A01
    2 x MSI 6600GT video cards
    AMD 3200+ socket 939 proccy

    Any help would be very appreciated,
    best regards,
    Namgyel

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    Are there any errors, on /var/logs/xorg.log?
    My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive.

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    Here is something that writes at the begining of the install and normal boot - before the brown loader when Ubuntu is already installed.

    Decompresing linux ... Done.
    Booting the kernel.
    [ 2X.XXXXXX] PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 3 of device 0000:05:00.0
    [ 2X.XXXXXX] PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 3 of device 0000:04:00.0
    (Where X.XXX... are random numbers - everytime's different.)
    Starting system log daemon:ss.....,.....


    Is this a hardware error? My Win XP works fine - but don't know if it sees the 2 graphic cards. Is there any program for win that I can test my computer with if there is everything OK with my graphics and the system?????

    Best regards
    Namgyel

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    I would not worry about that message for now. Are there any errors on /var/log/xorg.log?
    My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive.

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    Between install there are none... also if I would like to do anything I have to go to any other terminal from 1 - 5 I think....

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "between install.."

    When you get the black screen, can you shift to another terminal and open /var/log/xlog.org with a text editor, so you can see if any error is being logged when the black screen happens?
    My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Namgyel
    [...] Linux (Ubuntu 6.06 64-bit) I'm having a really strange issue with X.

    Whenever I boot into linux, I see the Ubuntu splash and the list of checks that the system goes through as it is booting. However, once that is done and I see a dash in the upper left hand corner flash a few times, then it stays solid. I am pretty sure at this point X has fully loaded, [...]

    Here are the basic specs of my machine:

    Biostar N4SLI-A9-A01
    2 x MSI 6600GT video cards
    AMD 3200+ socket 939 proccy

    Any help would be very appreciated,
    best regards,
    Namgyel
    Hi, Namgyel.

    This is just to confirm your observations:

    I have a similar problem on Debian Linux (3.x testing, tried stable before), kernel 2.6.8..11..16homemade single or SMP, ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe (nforce 4 Intel X16) + 2x ASUS Dual 7600 GT Silent: When I boot Windows 2000 or Linux, as soon as the main graphical screen should appear, very often it stays black but synchronised (says my display).

    In Linux (when starting the standard way) this happens when X has started and should show the login screen. I can then use Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to kill the X-Server, and as KDM will automatically restart that when killed, after a few cycles a visible screen may appear, then I have a stable system. (This can be done fast, but it is annoying, may occasionally need a manual re-start of kdm after too many unsuccessful tries.)

    When I boot into the text screen first, and start X manually, it's the same thing: quite often, I will up with that black screen, and on other tries I will see the right display of X.

    It's the same for Xorg and XFree, for drivers 87.62 8762 and ... the one before.

    When I try to use the machine with SLI activated, it almost immediately crashes the whole system.

    When booting Windows 2000, the black screen appears often as well, it once helped to send the machine to standby and get it back, but currently this does not work any more (->bluescreen), the Windows installation is now just over 1,5 monts old, and used maybe 10 times, or so, I guess, but possibly aged with a variety of nvidia drivers installed and removed and so on.

    I'm reviewing the quoted kanotix script towards the end of this thread, but its not simple... so if anyone could confirm or suggest a good solution, I'd be happy.

    Thanks in advance, Joerg

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    Followup: No improvement Kanotix style driver install in Debian

    Hello again.

    The title says most of it - I reviewed the suggested kanotix installation script, applied its content in little pieces to the 8762 driver from nvidia, and tried out even more - but no improvement on my system, still many black screens when starting and still crashes in SLI.

    I'm afraid either cards+motherboard do not like each other, or cards+drivers have not received finished development before they hit the market, or there's some problem deep in the kernels (as I tried from 2.6.8 thru 2.6.16-19) :-(

    I'd still be happy to hear from people who have SLI running unter linux (what cards, what kernel, driver, X11...?)

    Thanks + Best regards, Joerg

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    Tnx everyone for support

    Best regards,
    Namgyel
    Last edited by Namgyel; 08-10-2006 at 09:54 AM.

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