Which version of nvidia-drivers is "the 9300M driver", gabvil
? I can find the "9300M G" listed on the driver download page
on the NVIDIA site. Is that the one? According to the NVIDIA site, the driver for the 9300M G is the same as the driver for the G105M, namely version 270.41.19, which is not currently in the Entropy repository. I therefore got my relative to try version 270.41.06 from the Entropy repository and it didn't work (blank screen and blinking cursor in top left corner). I also talked him through installing nvidia-drivers-270.41.06 from the main Portage tree (as opposed to nvidia-drivers-270.41.06 in the Sabayon overlay) via Portage, which he did, but that didn't work either. I also talked him through installing 270.41.19 via Portage but the merge failed. I also talked him through installing via Portage various earlier versions of nvidia-drivers, but, although they merged, there was no change to the blank screen with blinking cursor in the top corner. I of course made sure that the kernel symlink was set up correctly and the correct OpenGL libraries were linked. I also got him to generate a new xorg.conf by using nvidia-xconfig. In all these cases /var/log/messages showed kernel error messages regarding what looked like a problem with the framebuffer, and /var/log/Xorg.0.log showed various error messages. I also got him to try the VESA driver, nv driver and nouveau driver, but all exhibited the same problem. I think this is a bug either with the kernels he tried (2.6.37-sabayon and 2.6.39-r1-sabayon) or with X.Org. He returned to his home town yesterday with his laptop, so I have asked him to e-mail me log files and the output of various commands, for diagnosis. If he sends me those, I think I will start a new thread with the output.
Do you have SL working with the G105M? If so, what version of nvidia-drivers and what version of the SL kernel are you using? Is the change to xorg.conf that you mentioned the only change you made to your laptop with the G105M to get it working?
Google returns relatively little for the G105M. Mostly forum and blog posts from previous years with older kernels, and not necessarily relevant to the current situation. There are a couple of Debian xorg.conf files from posts on the G105M in previous years that I will ask him to try, but it's rather difficult to experiment without being able to get my hands on the machine itself, especially if the owner is not an experienced Linux user.