Fedora 15 on NVIDIA NVS 3100M

In an earlier post, I already wrote about how to install the proprietary video driver on Fedora. In a brief update I suggested to change the acpi_sleep kernel option to accomplish proper display wake-up from standby. Unfortunately, that solution doesn’t work reliably in my experience. Today I found a solution that seems to successfully work around the problem of the black screen by waking up the screen „manually“.

Gernot Walzl wrote a „nasty workaround“ (quoting himself) in the form of the following script:

#!/bin/sh

# nvidia_dpms_fix.sh
# 2011-06-12
# by Gernot WALZL

# nasty workaround for nvidia drivers to resume from dpms off/suspend

export DISPLAY=:0

getXauthority () {
  export XAUTHORITY=$(ps -C X -f | grep "$DISPLAY" \
    | sed -n 's/.* -auth \([^ ]*\).*/\1/p')
}

handle_line () {
  if echo "$1" | grep -e "(EE) NVIDIA.* DisplayPort link training failed" \
      > /dev/null; then
    getXauthority
    xset dpms force on
  fi
}

tail --follow=name /var/log/Xorg.0.log --retry --lines=1 2> /dev/null \
  | while read line; do
    handle_line "$line"
  done

To actually make this do its job, I copied it into /usr/local/bin, made it executable and created an autostart entry for GNOME 3 by saving the following lines under ~/.config/autostart/nvidia_dpms_fix.sh.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Exec=/usr/local/bin/nvidia_dpms_fix.sh
Hidden=false
X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true
Name=NVidia DPMS fix
Comment=Wakes up the display properly

I believe the problem that is being worked around is indicated by a line in the Xorg.0.log:

(WW) NVIDIA(GPU-0): AUO (DFP-3): Failed to set DisplayPort power state

Although I could only test this on my machine (HP EliteBook 8440p), with some luck this works for all cases where a similar log message is found.

Von Fabian Stanke

Eine Leidenschaft für’s Ungreifbare habe ich schon lange. Als Patentanwalt helfe ich Erfindern, ihr geistiges Eigentum zu schützen und zu verwerten. Zuvor folgte einer frühen Begeisterung für Musik und Software ein Physikstudium in Wien, Toulouse und Genf, wo meine Spezialisierung auf Hochenergiephysik in eine Dissertation am Europäischen Kernforschungszentrum mündete.