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  • zeb_
    started a topic Does Sacred Gold freeze the OS for you ?

    Does Sacred Gold freeze the OS for you ?

    Hi,

    I'd like to know if other people have the same issue with Sacred Gold than I have. Upon starting an adventure (for instance the gladiator), I have very soon a complete hard freeze. Sounds loops for a couple of seconds and then the system is totally frozen (cannot change console, no response from keybord, etc.) There is no error message in console and the debug file does not reveal anything. In the case of the gladiator, this occurs as soon as the character enters the arena at the beginning. I see the same problem with other characters, and in the Underworld campaign.

    This occurs in my 2 Linux distros (Mandriva 2009.1 and Arch Linux) with 2 different versions of the nvidia proprietary driver. My graphics card is a 7600GT AGP. It also happens if sound is disabled.

    I have contacted LGP about it, but they told me it would take time because I seem to be the only one to have this problem.

    I am trying to find other people who have the same issue, in order to help the debugging.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

  • ivanovic
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    It is more likely that the nvidia driver has some extra "persitent settings" file comparable to /etc/ati/amdpcsdb from fglrx. Though I don't have an nvidia card, so I can't verify this.

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  • zeb_
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    I know this sounds crazy, so maybe this is why I don't get any comment. But has anybody an idea of what could be happening ?

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  • zeb_
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    That's absolutely incredible: this happened in ArchLinux too. I passed the option NvAGP "1" in my xorg.con file and checked the freeze was fixed. Then, I removed the option again, and now after reboot the game works fine!

    I know that sounds crazy, but I see only 2 hypothesis for this persistence:

    - does the nvidia driver modifies the graphics card bios settings permanently when using NvAGP 1 ?

    - does the driver modifies (permanently) some system configuration in Linux (I am thinking of the AGP settings) ?

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  • zeb_
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    Originally posted by sobkas View Post
    You should also ask on Nvidia sub-forum.
    Yes, that's a good idea.

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  • sobkas
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    Originally posted by zeb_ View Post
    Thanks a lot for your help.
    You should also ask on Nvidia sub-forum.

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  • zeb_
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    Thanks a lot for your help.

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  • sobkas
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    Originally posted by zeb_ View Post
    Which CPU stress software do you use ?
    Stress.
    You can use package from your distribution or get it directly from this website:
    http://weather.ou.edu/~apw/projects/stress/

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  • sobkas
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    Originally posted by zeb_ View Post
    I am very VERY puzzled now. I have put back my xorg.conf file as before (automatic AGP), to reproduce the bug (and reboot). And guess what, it does not crash anymore. Even after a cold reboot (shutdown, then unplugging then boot).
    I even restarted in ArchLinux and it DOES work!!!

    I don't know what to think of it. Have some registers on my graphics card been changed ? (I had a sound card which could not restart when soft boot). I really don't understand what is going on.

    EDIT: I had a crash under Arch. But this did not occur as soon as I entered the arena, a little later. However, I am unable to get the crash in Mandriva anynmore, with the previous xorg.conf file, even after reboot! I will see tomorrow if I can do it again. But I really do not understand the problem...
    I'm sorry but after you posted that "NvAGP 0" solves your problem I have very strong basis to assume that it's indeed hardware problem.
    And it might not be faulty hardware, agp just doesn't old well. Older computer get noisier and agp might react in many unpleasant ways.

    Can you try lowering agp mode in bios? Turning off some "fast" option there? Or even enable some noise correction option?

    Your computer might be too noisy for agpx4.

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  • zeb_
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    I am very VERY puzzled now. I have put back my xorg.conf file as before (automatic AGP), to reproduce the bug (and reboot). And guess what, it does not crash anymore. Even after a cold reboot (shutdown, then unplugging then boot).
    I even restarted in ArchLinux and it DOES work!!!

    I don't know what to think of it. Have some registers on my graphics card been changed ? (I had a sound card which could not restart when soft boot). I really don't understand what is going on.

    EDIT: I had a crash under Arch. But this did not occur as soon as I entered the arena, a little later. However, I am unable to get the crash in Mandriva anynmore, with the previous xorg.conf file, even after reboot! I will see tomorrow if I can do it again. But I really do not understand the problem...
    Last edited by zeb_; 05-20-2009, 05:02 PM.

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