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    Default PBM: Linux machine freeze with nVidia drivers >173

    Hi all.

    It's been several months I'm experiencing complete system freeze with nVidia drivers on my Gentoo machine. I've tried drivers above 173.14.22 and all of them make the system freeze as soon as X starts. The screen turns black, no image, goes power saving and I have to hard reset the computer as it cannot even be reached from the network.

    Here are the first and last lines of Xorg log file:
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    X.Org X Server 1.6.5
    Release Date: 2009-10-11
    X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
    Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.31-zen9 x86_64
    Current Operating System: Linux luke 2.6.32-zen3 #2 ZEN SMP Mon Dec 28 00:01:49 CET 2009 x86_64
    Build Date: 13 December 2009  11:32:25PM 
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    (**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
    (==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
    (==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
    (==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
    (**) Dec 28 00:44:01 NVIDIA(0): Enabling RENDER acceleration
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:01 NVIDIA(0): Support for GLX with the Damage and Composite X extensions is
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:01 NVIDIA(0):     enabled.
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce 8800 GT (G92) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Memory: 524288 kBytes
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 62.92.31.00.3d
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Detected PCI Express Link width: 16X
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Interlaced video modes are supported on this GPU
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s) on GeForce 8800 GT at PCI:1:0:0:
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0):     Philips 220CW (DFP-0)
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Philips 220CW (DFP-0): 330.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Philips 220CW (DFP-0): Internal Dual Link TMDS
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Assigned Display Device: DFP-0
    (==) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0):
    (==) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): No modes were requested; the default mode "nvidia-auto-select"
    (==) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0):     will be used as the requested mode.
    (==) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0):
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Validated modes:
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0):     "nvidia-auto-select"
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 1680 x 1050
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (90, 91); computed from "UseEdidDpi" X config
    (--) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0):     option
    (==) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Enabling 32-bit ARGB GLX visuals.
    (--) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp
    (II) do I need RAC?  No, I don't.
    (II) resource ranges after preInit:
       [0] -1   0   0xffffffff - 0xffffffff (0x1) MX[B]
       [1] -1   0   0x000f0000 - 0x000fffff (0x10000) MX[B]
       [2] -1   0   0x000c0000 - 0x000effff (0x30000) MX[B]
       [3] -1   0   0x00000000 - 0x0009ffff (0xa0000) MX[B]
       [4] -1   0   0x0000ffff - 0x0000ffff (0x1) IX[B]
       [5] -1   0   0x00000000 - 0x00000000 (0x1) IX[B]
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Initialized GPU GART.
    (II) Dec 28 00:44:02 NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "nvidia-auto-select"
    My machine has an ASUS P5QL Pro motherboard and, as you can see, a GeForce 8800 GT. Has anyone got a possible explanation?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Maybe a kernel error. Nv works fine on my systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kano View Post
    Maybe a kernel error. Nv works fine on my systems.
    Thanks. I'm open to any suggestion but how could I check that? (Note I'm not using nv but nvidia, the proprietary drivers.) Also note the problem also occurs with Ubuntu 9.10 and nvidia-drivers-180* so it's not Gentoo-specific.
    Last edited by VinzC; 12-30-2009 at 05:17 AM.

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    There are 195.30 (beta) and 190.53 (stable) drivers out there, i do not test outdated drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kano View Post
    There are 195.30 (beta) and 190.53 (stable) drivers out there [...]
    I know that. The problem is they make my system freeze. Do you have anything to share that would help me find and fix the problem, please?

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    Hmmm... looks like some people who are having the same problem disabled hardware acceleration to fix the freeze... I'll try it too so let's see.

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