[regression] TTY screens corrupted on GeForce 7800 GTX with 304.84 driver
After upgrading to the 304.84 driver, the display of my virtual terminals (TTY) is all messed up. I can still type commands, but I can't see them. Instead, all I see is a black screen with a blue cursor and blue vertical lines ([url=https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8126161/NVIDIA-TTY-bug01.jpg]screenshot[/url]). If I downgrade to the 304.64 driver, the virtual terminals appear correctly. The report generated by nvidia-bug-report.sh only includes this uname line: [code]Linux sulley 3.2.0-38-generic #61-Ubuntu SMP Tue Feb 19 12:18:21 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux[/code] Here is my system info: OS: Kubuntu 12.04 64-bit w/ KDE SC 4.10.1 (from Kubuntu backports PPA) Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme3 (Intel X58 chipset) CPU: Intel Core i7 930 (2.8 GHz quad-core) RAM: 12GB DDR3 Video: Dell NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX w/ 256 MB RAM (PCI Express) Linux Kernel: 3.2.0-38-generic
After upgrading to the 304.84 driver, the display of my virtual terminals (TTY) is all messed up. I can still type commands, but I can't see them. Instead, all I see is a black screen with a blue cursor and blue vertical lines (screenshot). If I downgrade to the 304.64 driver, the virtual terminals appear correctly. The report generated by nvidia-bug-report.sh only includes this uname line:
Linux sulley 3.2.0-38-generic #61-Ubuntu SMP Tue Feb 19 12:18:21 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Here is my system info:

OS: Kubuntu 12.04 64-bit w/ KDE SC 4.10.1 (from Kubuntu backports PPA)
Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme3 (Intel X58 chipset)
CPU: Intel Core i7 930 (2.8 GHz quad-core)
RAM: 12GB DDR3
Video: Dell NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX w/ 256 MB RAM (PCI Express)
Linux Kernel: 3.2.0-38-generic

#1
Posted 03/12/2013 06:37 PM   
He's not the only one.. 304.84 - X works fine, but terminals/shells don't Two displays: a CRT Samsung and a DFP Hp (separate X screens). When Ctrl+Alt+F1 are pressed the DFP display is deactivated while the CRT shows blue/green squares/lines. Trying a different tty one only gets two black screens (When Alt+F7 are pressed X works fine again) --- openSUSE 12.1 (i586) KDE: 3.5.10 "release 230" (yes KDE3, no mistake) Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.53GHz GeForce 6600 GT (0x00F2) AGP 256 MB Linux 3.1.10-1.19-default i686
He's not the only one..

304.84 - X works fine, but terminals/shells don't

Two displays: a CRT Samsung and a DFP Hp (separate X screens).

When Ctrl+Alt+F1 are pressed the DFP display is deactivated
while the CRT shows blue/green squares/lines.

Trying a different tty one only gets two black screens

(When Alt+F7 are pressed X works fine again)

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openSUSE 12.1 (i586)
KDE: 3.5.10 "release 230" (yes KDE3, no mistake)
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.53GHz
GeForce 6600 GT (0x00F2) AGP 256 MB
Linux 3.1.10-1.19-default i686

#2
Posted 03/12/2013 09:29 PM   
It looks like i've got the same [url=https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/534599/linux/-304-84-when-switching-from-x-session-to-tty-1-6-display-gets-no-signal/]problem[/url].
It looks like i've got the same problem.

#3
Posted 03/12/2013 09:52 PM   
Oftentimes NVIDIA drivers don't work well with non 80x25 consoles, so try booting with vga=normal - hopefully it will fix your problem.
Oftentimes NVIDIA drivers don't work well with non 80x25 consoles, so try booting with vga=normal - hopefully it will fix your problem.

#4
Posted 03/13/2013 07:55 AM   
vga=normal causes the boot to happen in text mode instead of the graphical splash screen. However, after X comes up, the virtual terminals are still broken, only this time instead of blue lines and a blue cursor, I get a black screen and an oversized flashing white cursor about halfway toward the center of the screen.
vga=normal causes the boot to happen in text mode instead of the graphical splash screen. However, after X comes up, the virtual terminals are still broken, only this time instead of blue lines and a blue cursor, I get a black screen and an oversized flashing white cursor about halfway toward the center of the screen.

#5
Posted 03/13/2013 03:57 PM   
...there are several user reporting this, with and without text consoles.
...there are several user reporting this, with and without text consoles.

#6
Posted 03/13/2013 04:04 PM   
vga=normal is _not_ an acceptable solution and it does not work anyway (mrbumpy409 has just described what happens if one uses that boot option) 304.84 are unfortunately bugged.
vga=normal is _not_ an acceptable solution and it does not work anyway
(mrbumpy409 has just described what happens if one uses that boot option)

304.84 are unfortunately bugged.

#7
Posted 03/13/2013 06:53 PM   
Internally filed bug 1253579 to track this issue .
Internally filed bug 1253579 to track this issue .

Thanks,
Sandip.

#8
Posted 03/14/2013 03:36 PM   
304.64 is working here on a Kubuntu 12.04 7950GT install. Thanks to everyone for posting and working on this.
304.64 is working here on a Kubuntu 12.04 7950GT install.

Thanks to everyone for posting and working on this.

#9
Posted 03/15/2013 05:08 AM   
I've got the same problem with a GTX Titan, i7-3770 that I'm using for CUDA, so not being able to escape to the TTY to run the CUDA is kind of a problem!! (wink) I'm on Ubuntu 11.10 b/c that's what CUDA said it wanted, with NVIDIA 313.26 and CUDA Toolkit 5.0, all created earlier this week. [url]http://justpaste.it/275m[/url] from my sudo nvidia-bug-report.sh, hope it helps.
I've got the same problem with a GTX Titan, i7-3770 that I'm using for CUDA, so not being able to escape to the TTY to run the CUDA is kind of a problem!! (wink) I'm on Ubuntu 11.10 b/c that's what CUDA said it wanted, with NVIDIA 313.26 and CUDA Toolkit 5.0, all created earlier this week. http://justpaste.it/275m from my sudo nvidia-bug-report.sh, hope it helps.

#10
Posted 03/16/2013 06:17 AM   
I can confirm that 304.84 breaks on a GeForce 7950 GT (3.7.10-gentoo #3 SMP Mon Mar 18 01:08:52 PDT 2013 x86_64 AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 810 Processor AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux).
I can confirm that 304.84 breaks on a GeForce 7950 GT (3.7.10-gentoo #3 SMP Mon Mar 18 01:08:52 PDT 2013 x86_64 AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 810 Processor AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux).

#11
Posted 03/18/2013 04:27 PM   
I have the same problem on ubuntu 12.04 with nvidia 304.84 and kernel 3.2.0-38. It repeats with next kernel 3.2.0-39 too.
I have the same problem on ubuntu 12.04 with nvidia 304.84 and kernel 3.2.0-38. It repeats with next kernel 3.2.0-39 too.

#12
Posted 03/21/2013 10:00 PM   
nVidia 304.88 and kernel 3.2.0-40 Now all tty (Ctrl F1-F6) work!!!
nVidia 304.88 and kernel 3.2.0-40
Now all tty (Ctrl F1-F6) work!!!

#13
Posted 04/10/2013 06:04 PM   
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