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Old 03-18-2008, 07:25 AM   #1
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getting nVIDIA 7150 630i working in Fedora


specs:
nVIDIA EVGA e-7150 nForce 630i with HDTV out
intel core 2 quad
SATA HD

only distro that would install into a working desktop was Fedora 8

got 3D graphics working with

http://www.fedorafaq.org/#nvidia

3D looked great and the graphics card was recognized correctly, but no HDTV output and found out my sound wasnt working
amarok, mplayer, xine all worked fine (sounded great) but anything from an internet source (youtube) was dead and when i went in to test the sound card i heard silence during the test -- not recognized correctly

heard in forums that this board was **fully** supported under the latest nVIDIA 169.04 driver

downloaded driver...
sh NVIDIA-Linux-169.04-pkg1.run...
can't do it with X running... makes sense...
init 3 to get a command line, no X

but the driver needs to DL something from FTP to work and i have no internet without X apparently (realized that when yum install gcc didn't work there either)

it said it would "compile the kernel itself" but im missing some kernel-source or kernel-devel rpms and i can't find the right ones with yum or add/remove programs

am i doing something wrong? is there a stage where there's internet but still no X (init 4 or something) i won't get my second attempt at this until after work tonight so a reply here pointing me in the right direction would be a time saver

apologies for being new to this, any help would be appreciated

PS: should i use the just released 171 beta driver or is this 169.04 the one i want?

thanks
 
Old 03-18-2008, 10:55 AM   #2
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The sound occasionally not working has nothing to do with the nVidia driver. It is just for graphics.

The nVidia driver will probably solve your problems with the HDTV out, though there may be some config tweaks needed. The easiest way to install the nVidia drivers is using the Livna repository. http://rpm.livna.org/rlowiki/ Just install the repo, and it will be point and click rpm installation from there. No need to get into compiling kernel modules and such.
 
Old 03-18-2008, 11:00 AM   #3
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thank you; that was just the info i was looking for ill try the Livna repo link tonight... is there a separate driver i could use to get the sound working?

High Definition CODEC Audio Chipset

thats what the specs for the board say; not sure if that helps

thanks again for the link
 
Old 03-18-2008, 11:06 AM   #4
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Sorry, forgot to expound on the sound issue. There is probably some application locking the sound card for exclusive use so flashplayer can't use the sound device when you go to YouTube. OR, you have an old version of flashplayer that uses the OSS sound system (which always locks the sound card). Just close the application that has the sound locked and it should work.

Also, Fedora 8 changed to a new sound system. There have been people experiencing problems with it as they haven't figured out the perfect default config yet. You should also search FedoraForum.org for people experiencing similar problems with sound. It may have been fixed. Speaking of which, make sure you install all the updates. It might magically work.
 
Old 03-18-2008, 11:11 AM   #5
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that sounds feasible; i had amarok open and paused when trying to get the youtube working and the soundcard test working... ill check out the fedora forums to try and get it so i can have multiple things going at once... i do feel dumb for not quitting amarok and re-testing probably would've worked

any thoughts on the 171 beta driver vs the 169?
 
Old 03-18-2008, 11:13 AM   #6
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Wow, I'm not in the game today. One last thing, when installing the kernel module from Livna (kmod-nvidia) make sure the version number and architecture matches your kernel.
 
Old 03-18-2008, 11:17 AM   #7
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Use the stable 169 unless you really have a good reason to need the beta 171. Most of the new stuff in 171 is probably support for the latest nVidia chips 8000 & 9000. Check the release notes on the nVidia web site.
 
Old 03-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #8
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thanks so much; big help

one last question... is there a quick command to get version number and architecture for my kernel?

edit:: nevermind, google's quicker

again, thanks for the help

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Old 03-18-2008, 02:45 PM   #9
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Google doesn't tell you whats on your computer. You can see the version and architecture of any package in the various package manager apps. Quick command for kernel version and architecture is uname -a on the command line.
 
Old 03-18-2008, 05:00 PM   #10
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you misunderstand what google's quicker about; i should've been more specific... google told me that uname -r or cat /proc/version would give me my kernel info... i assume uname -a is similar. google's good but not that good
 
Old 03-19-2008, 12:06 AM   #11
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Heh, yeah, I'm just not with it today.
 
  


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