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Old 17th June 2016
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Default FreeBSD can't run X with my GTX 960

Hello FreeBSD users,
I installed

FreeBSD stable 10.3
xorg 7.7.2
nvidia-driver 346.96

linux_enable="YES"
--> /etc/rc.conf

nvidia_load="YES"
--> /boot/loader.conf

Section "Device"
Identifier "GTX960"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "NoLogo" "true"
EndSection
--> /etc/X11/xorg.conf

The xorg.conf is the same as on my laptop running a GTX 765m with FreeBSD 10.3 and it perfectly works
I watched about the appendix to check if my GTX 960 is compatible with nvidia-driver 346.96 and yes, it is.

startx (or xinit) returns me
(EE) No screens found

The Xorg.log says
(EE) No devices detected (EE) No screens found

Why can't I use my GTX 960 on FreeBSD ?

Last edited by Adrien2002; 17th June 2016 at 11:28 PM. Reason: I forgot to say what Xorg complains about.
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Old 19th June 2016
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Try removing you /etc/xorg.conf file and starting X and see if that works.

If not, the post your enitre error log
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Old 19th June 2016
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When it starts without xorg.conf, it tries to load "vesa" video driver.

http://pastebin.com/mxcqV2V6

But still the same error even with vesa driver.
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Are there two video devices in the machine?
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Old 20th June 2016
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I have only one PCI Express x16

I just tried with a GT440 and it still doesn't work. I tried the GTX 960 GPU on another machine running GNU/Linux and it worked so it is not a FreeBSD issue but seems to be a motherboard (configuration ?) issue

Yes because I tried with Debian, Arch Linux and OpenSUSE before FreeBSD (where I decided to stop). nouveau video driver is working but as soon as I install nVidia driver, I can't start X anymore.

Every try were chaotic, nothing worked. I can't understand why ON THIS MACHINE it doesn't work.

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Old 22nd July 2016
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Hmm my PC-BSD runs Nvidia GTX 950 which is same family GPU with Nvidia blob without any problem. Base system in that is same FreeBSD 10.3.
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Linux tends to have better driver support, so if it's running in Linux, it doesn't mean it will run in FreeBSD, (especially with newer Intel cards, but that's another story). The 346 or newer driver should work though.

I've had similar situations, where it seems to see the card, the right driver is installed, but X won't start. In my case, I've always had access to other video cards that work, (and these cards would work with a different motherboard), so I've never done a thorough investigation.
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Linux tends to have better driver support, so if it's running in Linux, it doesn't mean it will run in FreeBSD, (especially with newer Intel cards, but that's another story). The 346 or newer driver should work though.

I've had similar situations, where it seems to see the card, the right driver is installed, but X won't start. In my case, I've always had access to other video cards that work, (and these cards would work with a different motherboard), so I've never done a thorough investigation.

You might try installing the nvidia-config package (or nvidia-settings--sorry, not at a FreeBSD machine right now), and then running nvidia-xconfig (I think--you can look at pkg-plist to see what it installs) and see if you have any luck with the auto generated file, but in my case mentioned above, that didn't help.
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Just a few hours ago I had to deinstall nvidia-driver-304 (pkg) and build nvidia-driver from ports to get xorg working on a DDR2 >> DDR3 system...
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