Posts Tagged ‘NVidia’

Some few small insights

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Lately I have been overloaded above my capabilities. This did not prevent me from doing all kind of things, but most of them are too small to justify a real entry here, so I have decided to make a small collection of small stuff someone might need to know, in order to make it indexed in search engines. These small insights might save some time for someone. This is a noble cause.

1. Oreon is a nice overlay for Nagios, however, it is poorly documented, and some of the existing docs are in French. I have put hours on building it into a working setup, and I hope to be able to write down the process as is.

2. “Sun Java System Active Server Pages” does not support 64bit Linux installations – at least not if you’re interested in using it with your existing Apache server. Look here. Seems nothing has changed.

3. Under Ubuntu 7.10, Compiz suffers from a major memory leak when using NVidia display adapters. You can read about it in the bug page. I was able, thanks to this link, to workaround it using compiz –indirect-rendering . Does not see to cause any ill-effect on my display performance.

4. Suse 10 and wireless cards – This one is a great guide, which I would happily recommend.

5. Flushing the existing read buffer for your Linux machine (should never be done, unless you’re testing performance) can be done by running the following command:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches

Seems to be enough for today. Hope these tips help.

Hello Edgy, goodbye Feisty!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I had a rough experience upgrading Edgy to Feisy.

Hardware listing, for generations to come: Motherboard Abit IB9, including on-board IDE controller IT8211 with firmware and no BIOS upgrade in the near future.

Nvidia 7700 with 256MB RAM on PCIe


1. With IDE controller enabled in BIOS system hangs during startup. This is correct for the livecd as well.

2. XGL requires the flag “–use-copy” or it will show only the “white cube of death”. Performance is far from being optimal.

3. I was unable to use Xorg AIGLX, but only the generic NVIDIA interface.

4. With NVIDIA movement is slow and jittery. System is not stable, beryl tends to consume around 100% CPU, and the black-windows problem (which usually has to do with lack of video memory) is quite common.

I have downgraded to Edgy yesterday. Besides a (bug?) weird behavior with my existing software raid (the installer hung while trying to reconfigure the md device with a black box flashing fast in the left lower corner of the screen. I was able to use console but not to continue the install) which required me to backup everything and create the raid from console before the installer got to it, installation went as expected. The interesting thing is that I can say that my hardware works better, and I don’t think it has to do only with the kernel version.

I followed my past post about the post configuration required for Edgy, and it saved me some searches. However, there are several updated which I will show here:

1. Skype has a new version – 1.4 beta, which, for now, seems not to be affected by the “open sound device” hanging. This seems great. I have installed it from the dynamic package, which had dependencies. To satisfy dependencies, I used a tool I can recommend called getlibs. It installed Feisy packages on my system but it was quite OK.

2. Mplayer requires using the multiverse repository. While I thought I have opened it, it appears I was required to state it in addition manually… Added the following line to my /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb edgy multiverse

3. Beryl packages for Edgy become quire rare nowadays. I had to dig some to find it. I have used the repository:
deb edgy main
following beryl’s guide which was posted by me before, but this repository works one minute, and doesn’t on the next. When it does, though, it has what you need. I’m using the same NVidia driver as before, with XGL alright, and it’s working fast and stable. Can’t complain.

4. I have created a package for Pidgin for Edgy, version 2.0.2. This was the original reason I have upgraded to Feisty… It can be downloaded from here. Notice – this is a crude package, just for my purpose. You can use it, and you can use the “getlibs” util from above to satisfy the binary’s requirements, as I didn’t add them in. pidgin_2.0.2-1_amd64.deb

I’m a happy camper.

Painful upgrade from Edgy x86_64 to Feisty x86_64

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

If it works, don’t touch it. This is one of my mottoes. I have broken this rule just yesterday when I decided that I was too lazy to install Pidgin from source, and decided I wanted it to be installed directly from deb. Unfortunately, there was no pidgin deb for Edgy. None that I was able to find.

My computer has been suggesting to be upgraded for a while now – ever since Feisty was available. I was cautious and avoided upgrading up until now. I have already installed Feisty on my laptop, on one of my servers (installed Edgy and then upgraded to Feisty with no special events), so I was somehow more at ease. This was, of course, a complete disaster.

Upgrading Edgy to Feisty went OK. Nothing really special, no external sources, nothing. After upgrade, the system failed to reboot – just hung there. It appears (and I have yet to post a bug) that my IT8212 IDE controller (which is connected to my CDROM) hangs the computer.

Not only that, but even when disabled, it appears that Feisty’s kernel has an issue with sata_iix. The issue was solved using post #59 from this bug report. Do not follow, though, this recommendation (all_generic_ide) as you will experience a noticeable performance hit.

I was able to boot my system. No CDROM, but working. I have installed NVidia drivers manually, as the restricted modules were too old. I was required to remove the nvidia entries in /etc/modprobe.d/lrm-video (probably because I’ve installed restricted modules and later on removed it). Had X running, but didn’t have Beryl working. Past experience taught me that AIGLX or direct NVidia DRI are slower than XGL. Attempting to use XGL, I get the white-screen-of-death. Following this guide, I was able to setup XGL correctly, as it seems. It did not solve my white-screen-of-death, however, using –use-copy flag things worked, and seemed to be responding fast enough.

Still have to open a bug about the IT8212 device. Hope for the best.


Monday, April 9th, 2007

As you can see in my previous posts, I have an NVidia card. It worked quite well while using XGL, but due to XGL’s memory consumption (it takes a lot of memory), I have decided to try for AIGLX, which is part of the system.

In my previous post you can see that (and how) it was done. However, my overall experiance is that AIGLX, at least where it comes to Xorg 7.2 and NVidia (Driver 1.0-9755) is that XGL is much much faster.

The slow responses of the system during the several hours I used AIGLX (while trying somehow to increase performance) just made me go back to XGL. AIGLX is not good enough.

I’ve read several posts about it, and still, the results are undetermined. That’s why I post my own software versions here. AIGLX may perform better when using older or newer versions of NVidia’s driver, or Xorg, or whatever, but for me now – XGL does it well.

Nvidia now works with AIGLX!

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Using Nvidia propriety driver version 9755 allows using AIGLX instead of the slower and deprecated GLX interface.

AIGLX nowadays is part of Xorg 7.1 and above.

You can find a guide in OpenSuse Wiki which will describe the required actions.

I have attached here my own xorg.conf file which allows Dual-head setup with 2 LCD screens running resolution of 1280×1024 for AIGLX: xorg.conf-Nvidia_AIGLX.txt

Good luck


It appears that it doesn’t work quite as well yet – at least not with the xorg.conf file I have uploaded here. You will require two additional lines, as described in Ubuntu forums. The up-to-date file is this: xorg.conf-Nvidia_AIGLX_fixed.txt