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Re: XFree86 with nVidia GeForce 8400 GS

On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 09:22:03AM +1000, Ray Phillips wrote:
> I've been trying to get XFree86 running on a PC running NetBSD/amd64 4.0 
> which has an nVidia GeForce 8400 GS card.
> When I used the nv driver, startx fails with (taken from  
> /var/log/XFree86.0.log):
>         GeForce 6800 GT, 0x0220, GeForce 6200, 0x0222, 0x0228, 0x0090,
>         GeForce 7800 GTX, GeForce 7800 GT, 0x0093, 0x0094, GeForce Go 7800,
>         GeForce Go 7800 GTX, 0x009C, Quadro FX 4500, 0x009E
> (II) Primary Device is: PCI 01:00:0
> (EE) No devices detected.
> Fatal server error:
> no screens found
> Using the vesa driver instead just produces a black screen when I run  
> startx, and the only way to recover seems to be a reboot.

Wow, that's weird.

> There weren't many hits when I searched the NetBSD Web site but this file:
> contains a couple of lines:
> commit 5d9b75b432dbc525e10c1c00436a1820456f6fb4
> Author: Aaron Plattner <>
> Date:   Fri Apr 20 15:23:26 2007 -0700
>     GeForce 8300 GS and GeForce 8400 GS.
> What do they mean?  Are they saying the GeForce 8400 GS should be  
> supported in NetBSD 4.0 since it was released in late 2007, or is just 
> supported in -current?

Just in -current, and only for the past few weeks, and as of now, only
if you compile it yourself.  It's not code we maintain ourselves, see
the "external" part in the path.

> Would trying to use the FreeBSD driver from nVidia's Web site likely be a 
> waste of time?

It would certainly not be a waste of your time, but you're probably
under-estimating the amount of work that would require by a somewhat
large margin.

Try pkgsrc with X11_TYPE=modular.

Quentin Garnier - -
"See the look on my face from staying too long in one place
[...] every time the morning breaks I know I'm closer to falling"
KT Tunstall, Saving My Face, Drastic Fantastic, 2007.

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