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I just tried to install NVIDIA graphics drivers on FC4, (for GeForce FX 5200) using the download "NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-7676-pkg1" from the NVIDIA site.
I've done this before, on the same hardware, in FC3 and used exactly the same method: changed default runlevel to 3 (just in case and thank heavens I did), shutdown X, installed the driver (let it compile itself for the kernel), opened xorg.conf in Vim, deleted Load "dri" and changed "nv" to "nvidia".
I then tried to startX. It told me it couldn't start and asked if I wanted to run X config. I did so, (I skipped reading the log file, simply because I wouldn't know what the hell to look for) and eventually X did start but the screen was very blurry. I restarted the PC and again X failed to start. This time, it gave me no warnings and just went to a black screen. After several attempts (for some reason getting the blurry screen the first time gave me false hope) all I ever got was the black screen.
I've restored xorg.conf to orginal and X works fine. (of course)
Does anyone know what has gone wrong? Or at least, is there some other method I could try to install NVIDIA drivers?
make sure you don't have the nvidia framebuffer driver loaded, these one conflict badly with nvidia X drivers. I think the driver is named "rivafb" or something similar, take a look at "lsmod" if you can see it.
Also, make sure you use nvidia auto-extract package (.sh ?) not the RPM, as this one often fail if you system differ slightly from nvidia taste.
ok, I had a look at lsmod and (though I don't know what most of what I saw in there was) there was nothing even remotely like "rivafb". And it was definately the self-extracting package that I used.
it's not (really) a drivers, it's the support for nvidia by the glx 3d module.... I think you should already have it if you got you drivers from nvidia website, it contains this if I remember right...
This is a hard problem to troubleshot... change the default runlevels to 3 in /etc/inittab to make sure it doesn't start X at boot. Then, stat X using "startx > /bug.txt" and post the content of bug.txt here, it could help us find out what's wrong with the driver
OK. I tried your suggestion Half_Elf (luv ur handle btw) of starting x with /bug.txt and it told me:
(EE)NVIDIA(0): Failed to load GLX.
also, with regards to what HappyGuyZa said, I'm running the version that came on my dvd, 2.6.11-1.1369. I haven't updated the kernel just b/c i'm on 56k dial-up and so i try to only update things if i really have to. Is it really important to have the latest kernel? If it will help with this then I will upgrade.
2.6.11 is good, it's not like it was "old". But this line about GLX seems to tell you need to install nvidia-glx you were talking about earlier... I thought you were already having it, but maybe I was wrong... mayb the GLX failure lock X or the driver then... It could be a good guess to install that GLX package from livna to see if it does any good.
ok cool, I'm installing that glx pakage now. (it'll take a little while)
EDIT: I should've seen that coming... the livna package wants the new kernel. :P
While I've got you're attention, could I ask another question? I should probably post it seperately I guess but I'm freaking out really badly right now.
I ran up2date yesterday (while I was lookng for nvidia downloads no less) and upgraded OpenOffice. Now this morning, it won't start! The 'thinking' mouse pointer bounces up and down for a minute and then it gives up. I'm having a minor heart attack. Is there any way I can undo the update? Or will I have to un/reinstall OpenOffice?
Sorry this is OT.
Last edited by dark_prancer; 09-25-2005 at 07:53 PM.
I can undo the update? Or will I have to un/reinstall OpenOffice?
Well, I'm not an expert about up2date... It would be better to start a new thread... thought, have you tried to start open office in a Console to see if it complains about something? It could be very simple troubles that bug this out.