I came across this thread on freebsd-questions after some searching on
google. I have the exact same issue as others here- if xorg is started
with 'nvidia' as the driver, instant reboot. However, my machine is a
100% fresh install with things compiled from source this weekend.
However, I did have to install some binary vncserver packages, but
they have since been removed.

I did the 'xorg' meta port which got me the current xorg-7.3_1. The
machine I did the install on was running Debian Unstable for about a
year without issue with the same hardware (two cards for 3 monitors):

Sep 24 13:41:24 falz kernel: nvidia0: <GeForce 7100 GS> mem
0xdd000000-0xddffffff,0xb0000000-0xbfffffff,0xde000000-0xdeffffff irq
16 at device 0.0 on pci1
Sep 24 13:41:24 falz kernel: nvidia0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
Sep 24 13:41:24 falz kernel: nvidia1: <GeForce FX 5200> mem
0xdb000000-0xdbffffff,0xc0000000-0xcfffffff irq 18 at device 2.0 on
Sep 24 13:41:24 falz kernel: nvidia1: [GIANT-LOCKED]

I went through many of the steps people spoke of earlier in this
thread, which were some AGP workarounds that are mentioned in Chapter


No matter what is done, always an instant reboot if I use the "nvidia"
driver in the xorg.conf. Out of curiosity, is anyone actively using
xorg-7.3_1 with nvidia-driver-100.14.11 and having it work?

I too am not quite sure what to look for in the output of 'ldconfig
-r', but I can see that there is nothing linked against any pre-xorg
7.x stuff there:

# ldconfig -R | grep X11 | wc -l

Also, the person who had things linked that were stale appears to have
been having a different problem that does NOT cause a reboot:


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