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Old 09-07-2008, 02:30 PM   #1
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nvidai geforce 6200 video card


I have tried to install the video card. It is not working. When I strat the PC it is telling me there is no X server running. What have I done wrong? I went the nvidia web site and installed the driver as directed. Please help!

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Old 09-07-2008, 02:39 PM   #2
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Sorry. Can't read your mind. What distro are you running. There is no reason for that card to not work, but you may not be able to get it running simply by wishing it would.
 
Old 09-07-2008, 02:48 PM   #3
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Sorry....been dealing with several different issues with getting this PC set up. Here is what I am working with...
distro opensuse 10.3
DELL Dimension 8100 desktop, p4 cpu, 1G ram, 320G HD
uninstalled - Wireless card - NETGEAR WG311v3
I had A Trident TGUI 9660 video card.

Thanks,
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:02 PM   #4
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You start in command line, right?

Log in as root, and do this:

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modprobe nvidia
Right after that, use

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dmesg
And look also at the modprobe output for errors. Check if there's any error message related to the nvidia driver. If it did not load, that error will tell us why. If it did load, you should see it in the output of

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lsmod
If that's the case, log out and log back in as your regular user, use

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startx
And post here any error message spitted by startx. Also, post your /var/log/Xorg.0.log in pastebin.com and leave us a link here, so we can review it for errors.
 
Old 09-07-2008, 03:12 PM   #5
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ok...I'll see what I can find.

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Travis
 
Old 09-07-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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Here is the output of modprobe nvidia...
FATAL: Error inserting nvidia (/lib/modules/2.6.22.5-31-default/weak-updates/nvidia.ko): no such device

What have I done wrong?

Thanks,
Travis
 
Old 09-07-2008, 03:22 PM   #7
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Here are the messages from dmesg...
nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel
nvrm: nvidia legacy driver found no supported graphics card!
nvrm: no nvidia graphics adaptor probed!
 
Old 09-07-2008, 04:08 PM   #8
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did you install the legacy driver?

Did you follow this guide:

http://en.opensuse.org/Nvidia ?

If not - bookmark the page. This is where you go first when you need guidance.
 
Old 09-07-2008, 04:24 PM   #9
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I don't think I installed the Leagacy Drivers. Is this very difficult to do from the command line? I am not very skilled in working from the command line. I am a Linux novice. This is my first attempt to build a Linux PC. Any pointers?

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Travis
 
Old 09-07-2008, 06:12 PM   #10
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Any pointers?
You have not by any chance followed the link in my previous post?



All you should have to do is to click the nice blue gif, and then you just keep clicking "yes" until it's installed.

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Old 09-07-2008, 06:31 PM   #11
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The PC that I am installing this card in is not online. I have Windows PC that I have online and can respond to you with. Since I am new to Linux I am not very knowledgable in working from the command line. Since this machine is not picking up the nvidia card, I do not have a GUI to work in. I can hook the Linux machine to the internet, but I do not know how to work in the cammand to get online.

I can take the nvidia card out and put the old card back in. I should be able to get online and work from the GUI to download the legacy drivers. Unless you can point me in the right direction to do this from the command line.

Thanks for all your Help!

Travis
 
Old 09-07-2008, 09:57 PM   #12
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I have reinstalled the Trident video card and will get the Linux machine hooked up the internet. I will than be able to follow to the directions in the link to download the legacy drivers. I will let you know how that turns out.

Thanks to everyone for the Help.
Travis
 
Old 09-08-2008, 04:04 AM   #13
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If you ever have an nvidia driver installed that doesn't work - you can always revert to the open-source driver by editing
/etc/X11/xorg.conf
And changing the driver section:
Quote:
Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "NoLogo" "True"
EndSection
to

Quote:
Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "nv"
Option "NoLogo" "True"
EndSection
and then type startx again

I always use vim... not very intuitive... you could try nano... you'll have to use a text editor from the command line some time.


Can't you share the internet connection from the win pc?
Or get a router?

Last edited by oskar; 09-08-2008 at 04:08 AM.
 
Old 09-08-2008, 10:16 AM   #14
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Here is the output of modprobe nvidia...
FATAL: Error inserting nvidia (/lib/modules/2.6.22.5-31-default/weak-updates/nvidia.ko): no such device

What have I done wrong?

Thanks,
Travis
This means that this driver is not correct for your hardware. Let us know which nVidia video card do you own, exactly. There are three branches of the nVidia drivers currently. You might need either of the three branches, depending on your concrete card.

If you don't know which model is, paste the output of "lspci | grep -i vga" as root here.

Also, as someone above said, you should be able to open X if you use Driver "vesa" on your xorg.conf. No need to change video card.
 
Old 09-08-2008, 03:36 PM   #15
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I don't think I installed the Leagacy Drivers. Is this very difficult to do from the command line?
From the output it looked like you might have installed the legacy driver.
Is it difficult? If you have to ask it probably is. I think you're better off getting internet on that pc by some means, and then just following the wiki.
 
  


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