[Nouveau] System hang with Nouveau under Debian Sid

Jason White jason at jasonjgw.net
Mon Mar 9 02:34:19 PDT 2009

First the background: Debian bug #513904 with the NV driver:

The NV driver started hanging inexplicably in nvSync(). I suspected, and still
suspect, hardware problems with this card - an NVidia Quadro 3500 (it came
with the machine, I didn't choose it). It was behaving well until late

The card however passed the diagnostic tests on the HP Insight Diagnostics CD
even after the problem started to occur.

In an attempt to work around this, I tried the Nouveau driver as packaged in
Debian Sid,
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.10~git+20090205+4dfd0b1-1
with the corresponding kernel modules compiled with module-assistant, using a
recent Debian Sid 2.6.26 kernel.

The X server and the Gnome desktop environment started successfully, but after
a few minutes of usage, there was a kernel hang - no response even to pings
from other machines on the network.

Any suggestions as to possible causes and solutions would be gratefully

My ability to test updated drivers is limited by the fact that I want to avoid
unclean file system shutdowns (i.e., hangs at the kernel level) on this
machine as much as possible.  Having said that, I'm interested in having this
resolved, so I'm perfectly willing to help with testing as time permits.

This appears to be a relatively well known problem at least with the NV
driver. I appreciate that it's a timing issue that might be difficult to

Also, if this is the wrong forum in which to raise this issue, apologies in

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