[CentOS] Opteron + Nvidia + Centos 4.2 i386 = Thud

Johnny Hughes mailing-lists at hughesjr.com
Thu Oct 27 17:43:02 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-10-27 at 15:02 +0100, Jake Grimmett wrote:
> Dear All,
> Just returned from vacation and was delighted to see that Centos 4.2 is now on 
> the mirrors. Unfortunately the new i386 version is giving us problems on our 
> dual Opteron workstations with Nvidia graphics cards...
> Basically, nine times out of ten, the boxes will hang when they try to re-load 
> X...  and just sit there with the keyboards Caps and Scroll lock LED's 
> flashing. The only way out is the reset button.
> The working fixes I have so far found are to either use a non-smp kernel 
> (2.6.9-22.EL) or to use the VESA X driver. Neither is a proper solution as 
> the machines are used for 3D modeling.
> Non working fix attempts have included:
> passing acpi=off to the kernel
> trying Nvidia driver versions x86-1.0-7676, x86-1.0-7667 and x86-1.0-6629
> Installing Centos from scratch as well as upgrading Centos 4.1 to 4.2 (via 
> up2date) 
> Trying three different Nvidia cards (Geforce 6800U, 5900 and a MX200) 
> Trying two different motherboards (Tyan thunder K8W and Tiger K8W - both are 
> AMD 8000 chipset based) 
> Trying two different pairs of Opteron 240's and Opteron 246's.
> As things used to work more or less perfectly with i386 Centos 4.1 
> (2.6.9-11.ELsmp and the Nvidia 7667 driver) I'm starting to feel a little 
> stupid - any chance that someone could put me out of my misery and suggest 
> some solutions? 


There is a new kernel that addresses this specific issue that has just
been released. (2.6.9-22.0.1.EL)

I am building it now, but the kernel updates take quite some time.
Should be done later to day though.

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