[Trac-bugs] [PC-BSD Trac] #854: NVidia compatability

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Wed Dec 4 21:52:00 PST 2013


#854: NVidia compatability
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 Reporter:  nezumi            |      Owner:
     Type:  System Defect     |     Status:  new
 Priority:  major             |  Milestone:
Component:  Software Manager  |    Version:  9.1-RELEASE
 Keywords:                    |
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 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?
 *********************************

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Ticket URL: <http://trac.pcbsd.org/ticket/854>
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