390.154 driver no longer works with kernel 6.0+

The 390.154 nvidia driver no longer works with Linux kernel 6.0+. While there is a patch to at least get the driver to compile for this kernel, it doesn’t actually work for my GeForce GT 630M. Xorg fails to start, telling me:

[   752.678] (EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA GPU at PCI:1:0:0.  Please
[   752.678] (EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0):     check your system's kernel log for additional error
[   752.678] (EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0):     messages and refer to Chapter 8: Common Problems in the
[   752.678] (EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0):     README for additional information.
[   752.678] (EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device!
[   752.678] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failing initialization of X screen 0
[   752.679] (II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"

And in dmesg output i found:

[  108.021040] NVRM: failed to copy vbios to system memory.
[  108.021321] NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x30:0xffff:663)
[  108.021387] NVRM: rm_init_adapter failed for device bearing minor number 0

From postings on:
it seems the driver is in need of updating to work with the latest kernel. Can we expect a fix soon?

Had the same problem yesterday, try the following:
sudo pacman -R nvidia
sudo pacman -S linux-headers
sudo pacman -S nvidia-dkms
sudo reboot

Thanks, but the problem isn’t with the “nvidia” package. I’m using the “nvidia-390xx” AUR package, The package you’re suggesting provides the driver version 520.56.06, which doesn’t support GeForce 630M. I’m limited to 390 versions, and that needs to be updated for the latest kernels.

Try instead using the nvidia-390xx-dkms package, it’s the dynamic kernel module equivalent for your driver

This is because the nvidia drivers don’t suit the 6.0 kernel for now. You can install the linux-headers and nvidia-390xx-dkms driver until an official driver update comes out. Or use a kernel-lts along with the nvidia-lts driver.

Thanks for the suggestions, but if you follow the discussion on the archlinux forum i linked to, you’ll see that nvidia-390xx-dkms just doesn’t work with kernels 6.0 and up. I’m unsure of the exact details, but the patch that enables that kernel module to compile does so by removing some ACPI requirements of the driver that are no longer provided by the kernel. The driver module loads, but then fails when it’s actually used.

So, yeah, i’ve rolled back to an older kernel for now. My question is, how long will i have to wait for an updated driver? :) The support pages say Nvidia will support this GPU with latest kernels until the end of this year, so i hope a fix is coming soon!

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Bumping, at the request of Nvidia’s Customer Care:
[Incident: 221016-000229]

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Hi guys, any update on this issue ? Is NVIDIA fixing this compatibility issue between kernel 6.0+ and nvidia-390xx ?
Just wanted to know if you can submit an inciden or bug report so that we linux users can follow and get updates regarding the issue solving process technically.

I assume thaat nvidia-open won’t be able to support these old cards such as the 820M in the near future, as people are realizing in the following link: https://github.com/NVIDIA/open-gpu-kernel-modules/issues/19#issuecomment-1124360887

Also, just wanted to remind you kindly that an open source driver for linux seems to be the only viable way forward, otherwise compatibility will always break whenever a kernel interface gets updated. The old binary driver that’s supposed to be stable and work will simply get obsolete and broken. That is exactly the current situation with the binary blob. It just wont work with linux 6.0+.

ATI/AMD has already switched to the open source model for linux, long ago. and nothing bad happened, on the contrary, support, compatibility and even sales have increased for them, not only for desktop usage, also for servers and crypto mining.

To NVIDIA, all I want to say to them is that too much damage has been made already. Damage for the end users, but also for the people that is supposed to get their hardware working and simply cannot because of this ridiculous blockade.

But also that we have no hard feelings. There is always an opportunity to open your eyes and grow. Don’t let ignorance and fear prevent you from advancing and taking the right path forward.

Thanks for the work done so far. Hopefully things will improve in the future.

Hi All,
We have root caused the issue and fix will be available in upcoming released driver.
Bug 3862192 can be used for tracking purpose.

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Where can we track bug 3862192 ?
Would the fix also include optimus (dual card) technology?

I can’t answer your first question – i searched everywhere on the support website and could not find a bug tracker.

However, the new driver has been released, version 390.157. I’m using a dual card set up:

Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel
Device-2: NVIDIA GF108M [GeForce GT 620M/630M/635M/640M LE] driver: nvidia
v: 390.157

The new driver is working for me with kernel 6.0.12, if that helps.