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    Subjectanother Cyrix/mtrr problem?
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    Since I've seen a few other posts on the subject, I might as well
    poke my head out of the foxhole long enough to get shot at :-).

    System is a Tyan S1590S motherboard (Apollo MVP3 chipset) with
    Cyrix MII 300 processor, NVIDIA GeForce2 MX AGP video card, 2.4.2
    kernel, XFree86-4.0.2, and the NVIDIA 0.9-6 driver. Everything worked
    great with the 2.4.1 kernel, XFree86-4.0.1, and the NVIDIA 0.9-5 driver
    (patched to compile with 2.4.X kernels). With the current setup, the
    NVIDIA driver fails to set up a desired write-combining memory range and
    disables AGP support. If I try to force the issue by configuring
    the NVIDIA driver to use the kernel's AGPGART support, the console
    switches to graphics mode and then becomes completely unresponsive
    to input other than tracking mouse cursor movement. The only safe
    way I've found to restore console functionality is to login remotely
    and reboot the machine: killing the X server and associated apps won't
    do the trick.

    If anyone is interested in working this issue, I can/will forward a
    copy of a representative /var/log/XFree86.0.log file showing what
    happens for the case of using the NVIDIA driver's internal AGP support.
    Within the log file are the following two lines that pretty much sum
    it up:

    (WW) NVIDIA(0): Failed to set up write-combining range (0xd8000000,0x2000000)
    (II) NVIDIA(0): AGP is disabled

    Jeff Hartmann (AGPGART support) thinks this is probably a MTRR issue.
    I'm leaning that way, given a recent posting by someone else having
    MTRR problems with his Cyrix 6x86.

    Anyone that can help troubleshoot this and/or provide a fix would be
    greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    Sincerely,
    --Bob Tracy
    rct@frus.com
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