Google Earth

Gilboa Davara gilboad at
Sun Jan 6 03:38:31 UTC 2008

On Sat, 2008-01-05 at 17:11 -0700, Karl Larsen wrote:
> Duane Clark wrote:
> > Karl Larsen wrote:
> >> Cameron Simpson wrote:
> >>> On 05Jan2008 15:10, Karl Larsen <k5di at> wrote:
> >>>  
> >>>>    I saw where one had trouble with this application so decided to 
> >>>> get it and run it on my F8. I installed it in my user's space and 
> >>>> when I clicked on the earth on my Desktop the screen will go blank 
> >>>> and then come back up in init 3. I would have re-login. This is not 
> >>>> nice.
> >>>>
> >>>>    I reloaded it as root and it does the exact same thing :-)
> >>>>
> >>>> Guess I better tell Google.
> >>>>     
> >>> It may just blow the mind of your machine. It needs a fair bit of 
> >>> memory
> >>> and decent 3d support (OpenGL). It sounds like its crashing your X
> >>> server, which is arguably a bug in the X server, not google earth.
> >>>   
> >>     It's the only thing that has ever done this. I have 2 gig of RAM 
> >> and lots of hard drive space. The X-server is Nvidia and it might not 
> >> like what Google is asking for.
> >
> > Do you mean the video driver is Nvidia (the video driver is different 
> > from the X server)? I use the livna Nvidia driver, kmod-nvidia, on an 
> > F7 system with a GeForce 7900 GS video card, and Google earth works 
> > quite well.
> >
>     To be exactly right the video card is made by Nvidia and will not 
> work at all well unless I get the Linux driver software which in my case 
> is in a bash file from the Nvidia web page. Everything else seems to 
> work fine and I seem to have some 3D effects as expected.
>     I have a F7 system on this computer and I will try GoogleEarth there.
> Karl

You seem to be hitting an nVidia driver bug.
I'd suggest you file a bug report in nvnews [1] support forum.

- Gilboa

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