#854 closed System Defect (worksforme)

NVidia compatability

Reported by: nezumi Owned by: joshms
Priority: minor Milestone:
Component: System Configuration Version: 9.1-RELEASE
Keywords: Cc: trac-bugs@…

Description

Without NVidia 8400GS card I can install any of the 3 versions I am trying, With card this fails.

I am willing to troubleshoot from this side (I have many hours in already ) and feel free to put the Priority level where it actually resides.

*Specifics by version
Fails just after "Welcome to Grub!" statement and before you get to the PC-BSD options list.

PC-BSD 9.2: Screen changes to what resembles a non-moving version of analog TV static (as described in #666 as well from other user) and system reboots to start all this over again.

PC-BSD 10: Screen changes to black/blank and system reboots to start all this over again.

PC-BSD 9.1: I get exact same results as #666 (see bottom of this description)

But to clarify with PC-BSD 9.1 (FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE-P15 Generic #7)

Will let live system load, go through install options and commit to disk, write and complete GUI install to stock "reboot me to complete" screen. When I reboot it shuts down fine.

upon reboot (with media out now):
Fails just after "Welcome to Grub!" statement and before you get to the PC-BSD options list. Screen changes to black/blank and system reboots to start all this over again. Fails just after "Welc.......

*Potentially useful info:

(also FreeBSD 10 & 9.2... but not the forum for that, just a heads up:
For 10 boot loader works and stalls at:
<Snip start>*
pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcff on acpi0
pci0: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib0
pcib1: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> at device 3.0 on psi0
pcib1: failed to allocate initial prefetch window: 0xb0000000-0xcfffffff
pci1: <ACPI bus> on pcib1
<Snip end>*
Then does not move from there.....

NVidia 8400GS card seems to be the only variable that when removed I can get past the Grub boot loader and install normally. But feel free to ask any info about hardware you wish.

Swapping to onboard VGA (card seated or out) and the system allows all normal operation but card does not get identified. I can do further testing if requested.

Card seated and any version of PC-BSD installed (card seated, reboot, disable onboard VGA, gets to grub loader and reboot)

Does not get to system with card installed (and onboard VGA off in Bios) so no abilities to Truss/DTrace/STrace here with NVidia as primary.

*Hardware:
NVidia 8400GS video card (1GB DDR3)PCI-E desktop
Dell T110
8GB RAM DDR3 1333 mhz
AHCI Bios
2.66 Ghz Quad-Core Processor
Dell Serial ATA AHCI Bios version 1.1.0

Tried install on multiple drives of varying sizing

*On trac.pcbsd.org
#216 - Slim chance of match

Seems to match #666 "closed System Defect (wontfix)"

In a nutshell, I'm trying to boot the 9.1 RC1 install DVD; it's one I picked up at the Ohio Linux Fest at the BSD booth. I've tried two different mother boards and two different cards in the nVidia 8400GS series. One is by MSI and one by ASUS. The board layouts are different. A GeForce?? 200 series on another machine works fine, so it seems unique to this series. The system correctly identifies either card as nVidia, and then loads the nVidia driver. But when X starts up, the screen goes to a mish mash of colored squares and jagged patterns. Selecting the VESA driver at startup generates exactly the same result, so it may not be the nVidia driver itself. Kernel? Installer?
*

Change History (8)

comment:1 follow-up: Changed 12 months ago by joshms

  • Component changed from Software Manager to System Configuration
  • Owner set to joshms
  • Priority changed from major to minor
  • Status changed from new to assigned

Would it be possible for you to burn a copy of our 9.2 DVD and try installing that? I believe your ticket matches #666 , but we were never able to have someone test this with 9.2.

best regards,

Josh

comment:2 in reply to: ↑ 1 ; follow-up: Changed 12 months ago by nezumi

Replying to joshms:

Would it be possible for you to burn a copy of our 9.2 DVD and try installing that? I believe your ticket matches #666 , but we were never able to have someone test this with 9.2.

best regards,

Josh

As stated (9.2 PC-BSD testing):

Fails just after "Welcome to Grub!" statement and before you get to the PC-BSD options list.

PC-BSD 9.2: Screen changes to what resembles a non-moving version of analog TV static (as described in #666 as well from other user) and system reboots to start all this over again.

comment:3 Changed 12 months ago by nezumi

PC-BSD versions tested so far:
9.1
9.2
10

Free-BSD versions tested so far:
9.2
10

comment:4 in reply to: ↑ 2 Changed 12 months ago by joshms

Replying to nezumi:

As stated (9.2 PC-BSD testing):

Fails just after "Welcome to Grub!" statement and before you get to the PC-BSD options list.

PC-BSD 9.2: Screen changes to what resembles a non-moving version of analog TV static (as described in #666 as well from other user) and system reboots to start all this over again.

So you have tested all these different versions yourself, or are you aggregating the data from other bug reports to try and help? The reason I ask is I have been testing 10.0 today with a Nvidia Geforce 8400GS and have experienced an extremely slow boot, but not a failure. It's a pretty similar machine a Core2Quad 2.66 - 4 GB DDR2 Memory. It has onboard intel graphics and the Nvidia Geforce 8400GS in a PCI-E slot. It does continue into PC-BSD every time after about 10 minutes. We believe we have isolated this slowness issue and hope to get to the bottom of it soon, but I am not experiencing a complete lock up or any graphical glitches. I am hoping the problem I am experiencing on this test system might also shed some light on why you are experiencing lock ups.

On a similar note if I remove the 8400 GS I experience a quick, normal boot time.

Best Regards,

Josh

comment:5 Changed 12 months ago by nezumi

I have tested all versions personally.

12/6
Retest of 9.2 : Same results (multi-colored "still" static) then system reboot.

12/6
Retest of 10: Same results
I let reboot 4 times before I stopped testing. To define a little better: grub welcome screen comes up... black screen for 2 seconds, then what looks to be a monitor disconnect from display (black but without backlight) and then reboot.

I can make and attach a video it helps to "see" the issue but thenI am eating up attachment space. Let me know.

comment:6 Changed 12 months ago by nezumi

Update (PCBSD 9.2)

Both HDMI and VGA plugged in: Same results (only shows HDMI monitor input, VGA = no output)
HDMI only plugged in: Sames results
VGA only plugged in: Same results

comment:7 Changed 10 months ago by joshms

Please try again in PC-BSD release RC4. There are some new nvidia detection routines that have been added that might help your issue. Sorry to keep bugging you on this, but we'd really like to get this fixed for you and any additional users experiencing this problem before official release.

Thanks,

Josh

comment:8 Changed 10 months ago by joshms

  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

Can not duplicate bug in 10.0 release - RC4 or RC5. Not even getting slowness anymore. Please re-open after using the latest image if you are still having issues!

Best Regards,

Josh

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