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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: [SOLVED] Nvidia issue? Reply with quote

Hello all,

I installed gentoo x86_64 on my computer and everything went fine and booted into both gentoo and windows. I then installed xorg-server and nvidia-drivers. My video card is a Geforce 6150SE nforce 430. I followed the guides for xorg-server and nvidia and when I tried startx, I got the message that there were no screens found. So I googled and messed around and think I messed things up more than did any good because nothing worked. I'm quite sure that others have used this card and been successful. So I reinstalled gentoo, used genkernel --menuconfig all and adjusted all the settings as per the gentoo guides for xorg-server and nvidia. On my new reinstall I have not yet installed xorg-server or nvidia-drivers. Are there any pointers/suggestions so I can get this thing right from the beginning?

On the original install, I did have some trouble install nvidia-drivers with compile issues so I followed the instructions found here:

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-963756.html

Got them installed, modprobed nvidia, did nvidia xconfig, set opengl and opencl...but nothing.

Any help or suggestions on my next run would be appreciated. I must be missing something very basic here. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you probably need to mask nvidia's latest builds, and go back in versions. what version of nvidia-drivers did you install?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

666threesixes666 wrote:
you probably need to mask nvidia's latest builds, and go back in versions. what version of nvidia-drivers did you install?


Thanks very much for your answer. I did not mask the latest builds as per the first instructions on the nvidia/gentoo guide. I believe mine is a legacy card so the example they give is "echo ">x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-174" >> /etc/portage/package.mask". Now is that what I should do as well? I don't quite understand what "nvidia-drivers 174" means, but I see here http://packages.gentoo.org/package/nvidia-drivers that 325 are ubnstable. I believe I used 319.32.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my nvidia 9600gt can handle latest. my 6xxx go series can NOT. i had to mask even the drivers portage was saying were acceptable. (i think 304, i had to go back to 174)


">x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-174" means ">" GREATER THAN "nvidia-drivers-174" so 174 installs, or anything before that.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

666threesixes666 wrote:
my nvidia 9600gt can handle latest. my 6xxx go series can NOT. i had to mask even the drivers portage was saying were acceptable. (i think 304, i had to go back to 174)


">x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-174" means ">" GREATER THAN "nvidia-drivers-174" so 174 installs, or anything before that.


Got it. Thanks for your reply and help. :)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, got it working. This is what I did:

Made the directory for the patch

1. mkdir -p /etc/portage/patch/x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-173.14.37/

Downloaded patch into directory

2. wget "http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=35gujNgG" -O /etc/portage/patches/x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-173.14.37/Linux-3.10.patch

Masked the latest builds

3. echo ">x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-174" >> /etc/portage/package.mask

Added evdev and nvidia to /etc/portage/make.conf

4. ## (For mouse, keyboard, and Synaptics touchpad support)
INPUT_DEVICES="evdev synaptics"
## (For nVidia cards)
VIDEO_CARDS="nvidia"

Added udev to USE

5. echo "x11-base/xorg-server udev" >> /etc/portage/package.use

Installed Xorg (which installed the appropriate nvidia drivers)

6. emerge --ask xorg-server

7. env-update

8. source /etc/profile

9. modprobe nvidia

10. Added nvidia to modules, /etc/conf.d/modules

11. Downloaded twm and xterm.

12. Ran nvidia-xconfig and then issued startx.


Thanks for your help, 666threesixes666. :)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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12. Ran nvidia-xconfig ...

You really should not do that, it will create a bloated mostly useless xorg.conf.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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12. Ran nvidia-xconfig ...

You really should not do that, it will create a bloated mostly useless xorg.conf.


Bloated how? I'm new to all this...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
EndSection

Above is all you need to make the blob work, you do not need an xorg.conf if you go with nouveau.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or use autoconfig nvidia patch for xorg-server ;)
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