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Re: [vox-tech] debian woody to sarge upgrade = dead xserver
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Re: [vox-tech] debian woody to sarge upgrade = dead xserver


I had a similar problem with my laptop. I have an "Nvidia GeForce4 440 Go 64M" with an AMD64 chip (technically, it's an HP Pavilion zv5000 laptop). I was running Debian Sarge with a 2.4.26 kernel for a good deal of time, with X running like a champ. A little while ago I did an "apt-get upgrade", and suddenly X stopped working.

Of course, I was not using the nv driver--rather I am currently using the Nvidia drivers in Debian (in the XF86Config-4 file, you put "nvidia" instead of "nv"). I could not for the life of me figure out why I couldn't get X to run. On a whim, I decided to turn off devfs support and voila, X started working again...

So, my questions to you are, 1) are you using the nvidia drivers and 2) if so, are you running with devfs turned on? If so, you might want to turn off devfs just to see if you still have the same problems.

PS: I even had devfs mounting in a different directory than /dev (/devfs, kinda like what Mandrake does). This still caused the nvidia driver to be unhappy. AND the /dev/nvidia* entries were properly created. Under 2.4.26, the latest Nvidia drivers just don't like devfs for some reason.

Doug Barbieri

Ashleigh Smythe wrote:

Kevin Murakoshi said

Yeah, just the error message is not much help, you really want to look
at the lines above it, where it talks about what screens it is using.
There should be a section above where it talks about what particular
thing errored.

If you just moved to the 2.6 Kernel then you will need to load some
mouse modules at boot (I had this problem with X when i switched to
2.6) you need "mousedev'" and "psmouse".

If you could it would be nice to see the whole XF86Config-4 file and
the output from /var/log/XFree86.0.log.

Sorry I forgot to post what my current kernel is - I'm running 2.4.18-686. I'll get my zip drive and be able to post my error log and XFConfig-4 file in a couple hours.

Thanks for the input so far.


Ashleigh B. Smythe
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Nematology
UC Davis
One Shield's Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
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