Solved X doesn't start: Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT

LeandroRamos

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I installed FreeBSD-12.0-RELEASE successfully, and everything is fine except that i can't start X because i get the following error:

Code:
NVRM: failed to copy vbios to system memory
NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x30:0xffffffff:747)
nvidia0: NVRM: rm_init_adapter() failed!

Then the kernel panic and the system restart.
 

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zkaa71n

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After upgrade nvidia-driver to 430.50, my X cannot start either. Downgrade back to 410.104 can fix my problem.
 

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I installed FreeBSD-12.0-RELEASE successfully, and everything is fine except that i can't start X because i get the following error:

Code:
NVRM: failed to copy vbios to system memory
NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x30:0xffffffff:747)
nvidia0: NVRM: rm_init_adapter() failed!

Then the kernel panic and the system restart.
If you installed the latest x11/nvidia-driver it won't work. Your device need a legacy one: x11/nvidia-driver-340.
 

shkhln

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If you installed the latest

In that case, since the latest driver knows PCI ids for all legacy video cards, it will print a corresponding message:
Code:
% strings /usr/local/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so | grep -i legacy | fold -s
The NVIDIA %s GPU installed in this system is supported through the NVIDIA %s 
Legacy drivers. Please visit http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html for more 
information.  The %s NVIDIA driver will ignore this GPU.  Continuing probe...
 
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LeandroRamos

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Thank you all for the help, i will try to install FreeBSD in BIOS mode instead of UEFI mode.

I think the problem is that i was using UEFI mode.

I am trying to use FreeBSD on an old MacBookPro (4,1 - 2008), and i really think the problem is the UEFI, because i get similar issues if i try to install any Linux distro in UEFI mode.

Then i am going to try FreeBSD in BIOS mode, i will use Grub and Plop Boot Manager to boot the USB stick in BIOS mode.
 
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LeandroRamos

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Good News :D

The Nvidia driver works if i install FreeBSD in BIOS mode, i can start X now :D

YAY :D i can enjoy FreeBSD now.
 

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zkaa71n

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After upgrade nvidia-driver to 430.50, my X cannot start either. Downgrade back to 410.104 can fix my problem.

One thing not clear was Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT is in supported list.
Today I just figured out the root cause!

load nvidia module from /boot/loader.conf no longer works for unknown reason.
Code:
nvidia-modeset_load="YES"
load nvidia module from /etc/rc.conf works
Code:
kld_list="nvidia-modeset"
 
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