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Old 6th June 2012, 04:29 AM
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NVidia FX series with F17

(Okay, this has probably been asked and answered, but I haven't found that yet...)

I have an NVidia GeForce 5200 FX series graphics card. By default, the nouveau driver gets loaded, and with that I only get minimal resolution. In previous versions (F14 and earlier) there was an "nv" driver that worked. But I can't find it for F17.

I have been to the NVidia installation guide here, but that didn't apply for my card and F17.

Any pointers to the right drivers, etc. will be greatly appreciated.

TIA

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Old 6th June 2012, 04:38 AM
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Re: NVidia FX series with F17

There are nVidia 173xx drivers for the FX series video cards in the F17 rpmfusion testing repos. I'm not sure what state they are in or what pitfalls might be involved in installing them but if you feel like testing, you could give it a shot.

I had no luck with the nouveau drivers and the FX-5200 (or the MX-4000) but I've since moved to another video card so I didn't get a chance to test those 173xx drivers.
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Old 6th June 2012, 08:50 AM
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Re: NVidia FX series with F17

This chip is probably too old for the nvidia proprietary driver, but should be working with the free nouveau driver.

So what exactly seems to be the problem?

What kind of monitor do you have and how is it connected to the card?

What does your monitor configuration look like in xorg.conf?
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Old 6th June 2012, 09:19 AM
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Re: NVidia FX series with F17

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There are nVidia 173xx drivers for the FX series video cards in the F17 rpmfusion testing repos. I'm not sure what state they are in or what pitfalls might be involved in installing them but if you feel like testing, you could give it a shot.

I had no luck with the nouveau drivers and the FX-5200 (or the MX-4000) but I've since moved to another video card so I didn't get a chance to test those 173xx drivers.
173.14.34 currently only works for 64 bit.
I built 173.14.35 for rpmfusion last night which should be pushed to stable soon (it works).
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Old 6th June 2012, 06:37 PM
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Re: NVidia FX series with F17

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173.14.34 currently only works for 64 bit.
I built 173.14.35 for rpmfusion last night which should be pushed to stable soon (it works).
That's good news. Thanks for maintaining these RPMs.

Do you think there is any chance there will be a 32-bit version? Considering these are older cards, I'd imagine there are lots of users with these cards who are stuck on 32-bit hardware (raises hand).
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Old 6th June 2012, 06:41 PM
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Re: NVidia FX series with F17

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That's good news. Thanks for maintaining these RPMs.

Do you think there is any chance there will be a 32-bit version? Considering these are older cards, I'd imagine there are lot users with these cards who are stuck on 32-bit hardware (raises hand).
173.14.35 works fine with 32bit

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=182874
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Old 6th June 2012, 07:09 PM
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Old 6th June 2012, 09:15 PM
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Re: NVidia FX series with F17

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I've installed the new driver (from the .run file) on a virgin 32-bit F17 system with an FX 5500 and gnome-shell is bad. Very bad. The CPU gets pegged @ 100% making the system completely unusable.

I haven't installed an nvidia blob before, so it's possible I've got something wrong somewhere.

However, these threads have another poor report for g-s from someone else, but there are no other details.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...=181386&page=2
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...=179489&page=5
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Old 6th June 2012, 10:03 PM
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Re: NVidia FX series with F17

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I've installed the new driver (from the .run file) on a virgin 32-bit F17 system with an FX 5500 and gnome-shell is bad. Very bad. The CPU gets pegged @ 100% making the system completely unusable.

I haven't installed an nvidia blob before, so it's possible I've got something wrong somewhere.

However, these threads have another poor report for g-s from someone else, but there are no other details.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...=181386&page=2
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...=179489&page=5
You could try adding the option in this post to the driver section in xorg.conf to see if it helps.

http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showpo...postcount=2149
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Old 7th June 2012, 04:46 AM
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Re: NVidia FX series with F17

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You could try adding the option in this post to the driver section in xorg.conf to see if it helps.

http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showpo...postcount=2149
I gave it a shot, but it was no help.

Ubuntu 12.04 does work well with 173.14.35, just as it does with nouveau. I got the same Unity2D interface with both.
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Old 8th June 2012, 07:57 AM
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Unhappy F17 32 bit slow - Nvidia NV31 with driver 173.14.35

Issues also for me.

My graphic card is a Nvidia GeForce FX 5600XT (GPU: NV31) and Fedora 17 32 bit (kernel 3.4.0-1.fc17.i686.PAE) is running on my system (here is my Smolt profile).

I installed xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-173xx-173.14.35-1.fc17.i686 from the RPM Fusion updates-testing repository (along with akmod-nvidia-173xx-173.14.35-1.fc17.i686, kernel-PAE-devel-3.4.0-1.fc17.i686 and dependencies).

After a reboot, the Nvidia closed drivers were enabled (since Gnome Shell started, whereas, with Nouveau, fallback mode was starting instead).
But now the system is terribly slow: it takes something about 15 - 20 seconds to respond to commands (e.g. to open a new window, to react after clicking a button or pressing a key etc.); on the contrary, by the way, the mouse arrow behaves correctly and moves smoothly.
I tried to configure the drivers through nvidia-xconfig and nvidia-settings, but no improvements.

Attached are some (hopefully useful) logs and my xorg.conf.

Thank you in advance.
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File Type: log Xorg.0.log (124.1 KB, 69 views)
File Type: conf xorg.conf (1.8 KB, 80 views)
File Type: log dmesg.log (48.4 KB, 63 views)

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Old 8th June 2012, 08:05 AM
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Re: F17 32 bit slow - Nvidia NV31 with driver 173.14.35

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Issues also for me.

My graphic card is a Nvidia GeForce FX 5600XT (GPU: NV31) and Fedora 17 (32 bit version) is running on my system (here is my Smolt profile).

I installed xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-173xx-173.14.35-1.fc17.i686 from the RPM Fusion updates-testing repository (along with akmod-nvidia-173xx-173.14.35-1.fc17.i686, kernel-PAE-devel-3.4.0-1.fc17.i686 and dependencies).

After a reboot, the Nvidia closed drivers were enabled (since Gnome Shell started, whereas, with Nouveau, fallback mode was starting instead).
But now the system is terribly slow: it takes something about 15 - 20 seconds to respond to commands (e.g. to open a new window, to react after clicking a button or pressing a key etc.); on the contrary, by the way, the mouse arrow behaves correctly and moves smoothly.
I tried to configure the drivers through nvidia-xconfig and nvidia-settings, but no improvements.

Attached are some (hopefully useful) logs and my xorg.conf.

Thank you in advance.

Report it here

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=14

as it's not a fedora or rpmfusion issue

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Old 8th June 2012, 08:09 AM
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Re: F17 32 bit slow - Nvidia NV31 with driver 173.14.35

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it's not a fedora or rpmfusion issue
Yes, I imagined that. I only want to know if someone else is experiencing the same issue.
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Old 8th June 2012, 08:28 AM
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Re: F17 32 bit slow - Nvidia NV31 with driver 173.14.35

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Yes, I imagined that. I only want to know if someone else is experiencing the same issue.
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showpo...69&postcount=8
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Old 8th June 2012, 08:42 AM
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Re: F17 32 bit slow - Nvidia NV31 with driver 173.14.35

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Report it here

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=14

as it's not a fedora or rpmfusion issue
Here's the thread regarding my issue I've just started on the Nvidia Linux support forum.
Let's see what their answers are.
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