I have an older P5K asus mobo with:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3] [10de:10c3] (rev a2)    Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. Device [3842:1302]

that hangs (the entire system) if nvidiafb module (from kernel 6.6.5) is loaded. I found https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-1044092-start-0.html but that is related to the drm driver.

I'm wondering if there is a way around this other than blacklisting or removing that driver? And why do the nvidia drivers hang so many systems?


  • AFAIK nvidiafb is deprecated and terribly outdated and for FB/KMS you need to use either nouveau or binary nvidia drivers. And, yes, blacklisting this module is the best thing to do. This has nothing to do with "nvidia drivers hang so many systems". Dec 12, 2023 at 8:44
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    How would you tell it to use nouveau for the frame buffer, i see it for drm. It was included in the 6.6.5 kernel build with that option (chipset level items) enabled. Dec 12, 2023 at 22:24
  • linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/… You really shouldn't be using nvidiafb in 2023 Dec 13, 2023 at 9:17
  • I asked a whole new question at: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/764769/… Dec 13, 2023 at 18:11

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nvidiafb which has long been deprecated must be disabled or blacklisted and nouveau should be used instead.

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