[nSLUG] interesting Ubuntu Server 11.04 error

Michael Gillie mikegpc at hemmysoft.com
Thu Oct 6 23:14:55 ADT 2011

Hey Jack,
In regards to the 32 bit version of Debian, it doesn't matter to me, all I
cared about was getting the server back up and running.

I now know what to do in the future.

Thanks for the input.


On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM, Jack Warkentin <jwark at bellaliant.net> wrote:

> Hi Michael
> Michael Gillie wrote:
>> Hey folks,
>> I had this interesting error occur while I was running Ubuntu Server
>> 11.04 amd64. See below...
>> [drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0: Pointer to BIT loadval table invalid
> In the above message, drm stands for Direct Rendering Management.
> (Not what GNU/Linux types usually think about when DRM is mentioned.)
> DRM is started during bootup at the point when the video framebuffer device
> is set up. It sounds like a bug in the video driver.
> Note that if you have a kernel boot parameter of the form "vga=...", then
> the vesa framebuffer device is started very early during boot. It is not
> until the xserver-xorg-video-<your video card's driver name> framebuffer
> driver gets initialized that drm gets started.
> If you installed the package xserver-xorg-video-vga and temporarily
> disabled your regular video driver, and the above error did not occur, that
> would pretty well nail down the source of the error.
>  I find it somewhat "interesting". Could someone give me an idea as  to
>> what was happening. I have since resolved the issue by downloading and
>> installing Debian i386.
> Why didn't you install an AMD64 version of Debian?
>  This is my main Samba Server, so when it started giving me the error, I
>> tried a number of things, like reseating the RAM, etc. Nothing worked.
>> If the error returns, I will let you know. The error would come up
>> immediately after boot completed, and the login prompt appeared.
>> After about a half an hour, even during usage, the screen would go
>> blank, and the server would become unresponsive.
>> Any ideas what it was???
>> Mike G
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