GeForce on PPC == _no work_

Ani Joshi ajoshi at
Sun Oct 28 13:48:03 EST 2001

Well, the problem is you are using a fp with the ADC port.  This isn't
supported as there is no documentation on how I am supposed to powerup and
run the DVI port.  On ppc, rivafb only supports the VGA port right now
unless some secret docs are leaked out of nvidia, same goes with X.


On Sat, 27 Oct 2001, Derrik Pates wrote:

> Well, I got to install Debian on an Apple G4 Quicksilver tower system. I
> have it upgraded with a 2.4.13 kernel, but I can't get the nVidia GeForce2
> MX board that the system comes with to work. I managed to locate Ani
> Joshi's patches, for the XFree nv driver, and the kernel's 'rivafb'
> driver. The system in question has a 1280x1024 flat-panel display
> (somewhere around 20" diagonal) connected via the ADC port on the nVidia
> board.
> My results: the rivafb driver does not work. If I let it use its default
> (built-in) settings, it doesn't work right at all. The video is "squished"
> into the top of the display (the default mode is 640x480). You can see
> what looks like all the pixels that should be there, but the text is, of
> course, illegible. Changing the internal parameters to use a 1280x1024
> mode causes no video at all - it never clears the initial OpenFirmware
> messages at all, but does manage to boot normally (I could hear it
> booting, was able to login and reboot cleanly).
> The 'nv' driver for XFree was a similar story, but worse. Once I finally
> realized I needed to specify the BusID to the driver, starting XFree86
> caused pretty pink stripes to appear on the display, followed by a cold
> lock (no pings, an SSH session into the box did not respond after starting
> XFree86).
> Is there any hope for this system? Or is this an exercise in futility
> until nVidia decides to port and release their Linux binary drivers for
> PPC? I'd like to get X working on this box (I know I won't get 3D with the
> 'nv' driver - don't care, just want 2D).
> Derrik Pates      |   Sysadmin, Douglas School   |    #linuxOS on EFnet
> dpates at |     District (    |    #linuxOS on OPN

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