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Old 04-30-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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Is NVIDIA Geforce 7050 Linux Compatible ?


I purchased a new computer and I am trying to boot up gparted to partition the HD for installing my Linux Distros, but it gives the famous error
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input signal out of range
So I tried booting up some other live cd's, some give the same error as above and some tell me that the resolution or refresh rate in wrong. Of course using a live cd I have no control over that.

I also tried three different monitors that have run Linux just fine on other computers.

My only thought that I could come up with is the NVIDIA Geforce 7050 graphics is not compatible with Linux. Can anyone confirm this ?

Or is there something else I can try ?
 
Old 04-30-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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That seems very unlikely.

Have you tried simply passing different video parameters at boot time? Most live CDs should show you the available video modes that you can force at boot. Try starting with the lowest settings (640 x 480) and working your way up.
 
Old 04-30-2010, 11:24 AM   #3
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That seems very unlikely.

Have you tried simply passing different video parameters at boot time? Most live CDs should show you the available video modes that you can force at boot. Try starting with the lowest settings (640 x 480) and working your way up.
Would you know how to do that with the Gparted live cd ? I must have tried 10 different live cd's that all have booted in two other computers, It just doesn't seem practical I would have to set up the graphic settings with so many live cd's....maybe a couple would be ok but this seems not normal to me. Something seems wrong....but I am surely no video expert.
 
Old 04-30-2010, 11:27 AM   #4
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Linux display driver for NVIDIA (including GeForce 7050).
 
Old 04-30-2010, 11:40 AM   #5
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Thanks for the link mark_alfred, but I am not sure if I am capable of following the instructions. I have never had to do this before. Does one have to go through this complicated procedure for all NVIDIA's or just certain chipsets ???

EDIT: how do you do this if you don't have Linux installed ??? And I can't install Linux because I can not get booted up because of the graphics....

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Old 04-30-2010, 12:24 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link mark_alfred, but I am not sure if I am capable of following the instructions. I have never had to do this before. Does one have to go through this complicated procedure for all NVIDIA's or just certain chipsets ???

EDIT: how do you do this if you don't have Linux installed ??? And I can't install Linux because I can not get booted up because of the graphics....
You can boot up and install via text mode, and as MS3FGX said, you can change the video mode at install time. You don't say WHICH version/distro of Linux you're trying to install, so we can't really tell you exactly how to do it, but if you Google a bit on whatever distro you're after, you can find both text mode and video mode change instructions for installation.

After that, you can install the nVidia drivers. But a side note to that...you don't necessarily have to. You'll get a full GUI, but use a different driver for it. You won't be taking full advantage of the card, so your 3d performance may be lacking...but things will work. But don't stress over it...it's really simple, you just have to run a command, and sit back and watch it run.
 
Old 04-30-2010, 01:54 PM   #7
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ok, lets sort of start over here......

I have never installed any distro using the text mode, which is alien to me, it is never easy if one has never done it before. If I did figure out how to install in the text mode, then what ? Won't you have the same graphic problem when you boot up because it won't let you start in x ?

I have confused some user's here on what distro I am trying to install, well I hadn't gotten that far yet. I Started out using the Gparted live cd so I can set my partitions up. I usually multi-boot anywhere from 4 to 8 different Linux distros. The problem here of course is not the Gparted live cd, any other install live cd, or my monitors, it is the NVIDIA graphics.

So I guess I will have to forget about setting up my partitions with the Gparted live cd and that alone is not good.

So if some how I do manage to get just one Linux distro installed, I still will never be able to boot my favorite Linux live cd system tools will I seeing none of them will boot now ? (Gparted, System Rescue, & Clonezilla) And please don't blame these three....it is NVIDIA !!!

Which would be easier, figuring how to install in the text mode or returning the computer ?

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Old 04-30-2010, 02:39 PM   #8
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ok, lets sort of start over here......

I have never installed any distro using the text mode, which is alien to me, it is never easy if one has never done it before.
Well, the installer asks very simple questions. If you can read, chances are you will find it easy.
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If I did figure out how to install in the text mode, then what ? Won't you have the same graphic problem when you boot up because it won't let you start in x ?
Nope. The installer uses a hard-coded set of things to bring up a GUI. A 'full' installation has many more drivers and settings available, and will work 95%+ of the time, right off the bat.
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I have confused some user's here on what distro I am trying to install, well I hadn't gotten that far yet. I Started out using the Gparted live cd so I can set my partitions up. I usually multi-boot anywhere from 4 to 8 different Linux distros. The problem here of course is not the Gparted live cd, any other install live cd, or my monitors, it is the NVIDIA graphics.

So I guess I will have to forget about setting up my partitions with the Gparted live cd and that alone is not good.

So if some how I do manage to get just one Linux distro installed, I still will never be able to boot my favorite Linux live cd system tools will I seeing none of them will boot now ? (Gparted, System Rescue, & Clonezilla) And please don't blame these three....it is NVIDIA !!!

Which would be easier, figuring how to install in the text mode or returning the computer ?
Kinda confused here myself...you say it looks hard to install the nVidia drivers, and you're worried about text-mode...but are somehow OK with booting 8 different distros, and using gparted? And sorry..it's not nVidia. I've used them for years, and have never had problems at build time, or run time. They've worked with RedHat, SuSE, Mandriva, and Debian, and many different versions of each.

Can't see an easy answer, since it's confusing as to what, exactly, you're trying to do, with what distro. Guess returning the computer would be the best.
 
Old 04-30-2010, 02:51 PM   #9
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I use nvidia cards exclusively because of their great linux support. I have never encountered a problem like the one you describe other than with a bad card. Makes me wonder if your card is bad.

I also have never used a gparted live CD. In fact, I didn't know it existed until you mentioned it. So I can't help you there.

However, gparted is found on most linux live CDs (I usually use Knoppix, myself) and you should be able to start a Linux Live CD in console mode if you want to.

I just tested it, starting knoppix 6 in runlevel 2 (console only) with the command line (at the prompt in the live cd):
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knoppix 2 lang=en
From there you can do your drive partitioning using fdisk. You also can install the nvidia driver if you have it (say on a USB stick), and you'll be able to do diagnostics on that card.

You say you are not familiar with the command line. Well, given your current situation, that is a problem.

Your card IS supported, and quite well, by Nvidia. If you can't get it to start, either it is bad or for some obscure reason the distros you have tried don't support it. I assure you that Knoppix DOES support it; if Knoppix won't start your card, then it is more than likely defective.
 
Old 04-30-2010, 03:10 PM   #10
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Can't see an easy answer, since it's confusing as to what, exactly, you're trying to do, with what distro.
I am not sure how I can explain it any better....I started out by not being able to start anything in x....and now I have to figure out how to install a Linux distro using the text mode.

I am sorry you find it hard to believe that I am able to milti-boot, but I won't hold that against you, I do appreciate all the suggestions, comments and help I have received here. The users on the LQ are the greatest and the forums are the greatest for sure....I am sorry I did not explain things as well as some may have needed, I am sure I am the problem.

Best Wishes,
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:50 PM   #11
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Apparently there are some challenges with the nvidia GeForce 7050 card. I agree with jiml8 that your best bet is to install a Linux distribution in text mode, and then install the NVIDIA-Linux-x86-100.14.19-pkg1.run driver file.

Debian Sid might work automatically though (in a graphical install), if you really can't handle trying to install Linux via the command line. Debian Sid's xserver-xorg-video-nouveau package may work to make a graphical install possible (I'm not really sure, however).

Last edited by mark_alfred; 05-01-2010 at 12:37 AM. Reason: Corrected some errors I made earlier
 
Old 05-02-2010, 04:09 PM   #12
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I took that new computer back and made sure I got one this time with Intel Graphics and everything works like a charm.......
 
Old 05-02-2010, 04:32 PM   #13
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Well, I guess that is one way to solve the problem...
 
Old 10-02-2010, 05:23 PM   #14
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I have the same video card running Vista:

"NVIDIA GeForce 7050/NVIDIA nForce 620i"
driver provider: NVIDIA
driver date: 09/07/2010
driver Version: 8.17.12.5896

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...s-newb-835770/

I don't see this card in the supported products list here http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d...100.14.19.html

1.Do the installation iso's that I've tried install in text mode? or do I have to download another iso?

2.Seeing as the above card is not on the supported products list should it be installed in text mode anyway?

3.Could I download NVIDIA-Linux-x86-100.14.19-pkg1.run to a usb stick and manually install it from said stick during a text install?

I've never lost an argument with a computer - yet!!!
 
Old 10-02-2010, 07:17 PM   #15
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Your graphicscard isn't supported with the 100.14.19-version of the driver, because it is a version for old graphic-cards. Use the 256.53-version and you will be fine.
 
  


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