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6 Suspend with Nvidia Graphic Cards

To use suspend with the binary only driver for NVidia graphics cards, you need to take some extra precautions. Note that this apparently does not work on all NVidia graphics chipsets, YMMV:

AGP support will only work with chipsets, which are supported by the nvidia kernel module. Otherwise AGP support is simply disabled. Check this with "cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/status". If there is no line "Status: Enabled", then AGP support is not available. The graphics card will work without AGP, but performance will be bad.

Note that during suspend to disk, when the drivers get suspended, the display is switched off (and on notebooks this means also the backlight) but it is not switched back on when the drivers are resumed to write the image. This means that you will not see any progress indicator during suspend and if suspend fails (it should not :-) you will not see any error. There is not much we can do about this right now, just wait until the disk stops writing and the machine turns itself off. After resume from suspend, the driver is resumed correctly and the display and backlight is turned back on.

This was tested on a SONY VAIO PCG-GRT995MP and a Dell D800 with both suspend to disk and RAM. It did not work on an older Dell Inspiron 8200.