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I have a Geforce Ti4200 with a LCD attached to the DVI-Connector. My
computer is running Debian with kernel 2.6.10. I compiled the rivafb-driver
into the kernel. But when I boot, I see only a black screen.
debian:~# dmesg | grep rivafb
Kernel command line: root=/dev/sda2 ro video=rivafb
rivafb: nVidia device/chipset 10DE0253
rivafb: nVidia Corporation NV25 [GeForce4 Ti 4200]
rivafb: Detected CRTC controller 0 being used
rivafb: RIVA MTRR set to ON
rivafb: setting virtual Y resolution to 104857
rivafb: PCI nVidia NV25 framebuffer ver 0.9.5b (64MB @ 0xE8000000)
Sounds silly...but have you tried connecting to the standard VGA port?? My Geforce 4 did that to me in Linux a while back. I only had signal from the VGA rather than the DVI. Its just something to try.. theres gotta be another reason for it not working.
I think it has something to do with the older chipset. Like I said I had the very same problem on my Geforce 4. If I remember correctly in the nvidia-settings menu theres a way you can change the default setting for that.
Yes Linux has a GUI settings menu for Nvidia drivers. I think the command was nvidia-settings from the terminal.