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Re: [Xen-users] Re: NVIDIA, patches, PV_OPS and Xen 3.4.1

To: Michael Ralston <michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Re: NVIDIA, patches, PV_OPS and Xen 3.4.1
From: Andrew Lyon <andrew.lyon@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 19:19:35 +0100
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On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 6:58 PM, Andrew Lyon<andrew.lyon@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 10:01 AM, Michael Ralston<michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
>> I've got x-windows working with the nv driver, I'd prefer the nvidia
>> one if it is at all possible.
>> -- Michael
> I have been using the Nvidia binary driver with various kernels
> Xenified using opensuse patches, from 2.6.25 to, I am not
> using pv_ops so  PARAVIRT_GUEST etc are all set to =N, having built
> and booted the Xenified kernel you just need to use a Xen specific
> option to compile the kernel module:
> cd /usr/src
> sh /home/andy/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.60-pkg2.run -x
> cd  NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.60-pkg2/usr/src/nv/
> SYSSRC=/usr/src/linux-2.6.30-xen-r2/ IGNORE_XEN_PRESENCE=y make module
> SYSSRC=/usr/src/linux-2.6.30-xen-r2/ IGNORE_XEN_PRESENCE=y make install
> modprobe nvidia
> On Gentoo another step is necessary as the opengl setting needs to be
> switched to nvidia, to do this I simply install the vanilla kernel
> source for the same kernel version, set the /usr/src/linux symlink to
> point to it, and then emerge the drivers, which installs and builds
> the module for the non-xen kernel, everything is then in place and
> correctly configured to use the nvidia drivers and you have the xen
> compatible module already installed.
> I imagine a similar procedure of installing the drivers for the
> non-xen kernel first could be done on other distros.
> I am using a 8600GT driving two Samsung TFT's at 1920x1200 using DVI,
> I had problems with the second display showing horizontal lines and
> causing massive lag when the mouse was moved to it, adding swiotlb=256
>  to the kernel command line fixed the problem. I am not using
> Xinerama, the two displays are separate X screens so windows cannot be
> moved between them but the mouse can, I prefer this mode to Xinerama.
> I've not tried 185.18.14 yet, I will give it a try soon.
> Andy

185.18.14 seems to work ok with kernel 2.6.30.


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