I have finally come up with a way to use the official drivers from nvidia on Toshiba notebooks with a GeForce4 440 Go (and similar) video card. Normally, using either linux or freebsd and the drivers from nvidia (instead of the default nv driver) would result in a hard freeze as soon as X was started. I gave up trying to fix it, but then came across a solution for Linux last night, which I used as a basis for this FreeBSD solution... First of all, much credit goes to this information from the Ubuntu Document Storage Facility (check out "Problem 8" at the bottom). Here's how I applied the same modifications to a FreeBSD system: The first step under Linux was to change some options in the nvidia kernel, which was done in Linux under /etc/modprobe.conf (or /etc/modprobe.d). FreeBSD doesn't use modprobe, which I believe is used for the loading of a kernel module. Instead, we can modify the option in the source for nvidia's drivers, and then compile the nvidia kernel module with this already set the way we want: 1. First, download the latest nvidia source here. Extract (tar zxvf NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86-1.0-8178.tar.gz) and move into the newly created directory.
2. Edit /src/nvidia_os_registry.c using your fav text editor: Change the values of the following variables: - NVreg_SoftEDIDs = 0 (was 1) - NVreg_Mobile = 1 (was ~0) Save nvidia_os_registry.c and exit. 3. I didn't want linux compatability built into my nvidia kernel module, so I changed the following: Comment out (or undefine) this line: #define NV_SUPPORT_LINUX_COMPAT 4. Under the NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86-1.0-8178 directory, compile and install the drivers: make install 5. Finally, this part is identical to the linux instructions. We need to make some tweaks to xorg.conf (and tell X to use the nvidia drivers also): Your device directive should have something similar to: Section "Device" Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go]" Driver "nvidia" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" Option "RenderAccel" "true" Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true" Option "IgnoreEDID" "true" Option "IgnoreEdidFreqs" "true" Option "GenerateRTList" "0" Option "OverridePolarity" "1" EndSection That's all! This time when you startx with the real nvidia drivers, it won't crash. This is tested to work on both of my Toshiba laptops. If there are any errors in this howto, feel free to correct it! Now, us toshiba users can have 3d acceleration along with support for OpenGL :). Hope this helps someone! - Murph References 1. http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Latest_Nvidia_Dapper 2. http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Latest_Nvidia_Dapper 3. http://www.nvidia.com/object/freebsd_1.0-8178.html 4. http://www.nvidia.com/object/freebsd_1.0-8178.html _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"