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Old 03-20-2007, 10:39 PM   #31
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I can't comment either way if they use /dev/sda or something totally different. You *should* be able to identify the device in the dmesg. However, it may be back to google for info on device names for USB drives.
You could also check the man pages for 'mount' and 'fstab' for options for USB drives and filesystems.
What filesystem actually IS on the drive? Any idea? Or is it actually a USBFS system?
You could look in /dev too, for clues.
 
Old 03-20-2007, 10:47 PM   #32
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OK, so I turned on like 10 SCSI things, and now I can mount it, so I'll just chalk that one up to bad magic.

It was a VFAT fs

P.S. I think I got the second Tux I think from Graphics support -> Logo Config and turned everything on.

So, I've had a checklist of stuff to fix, and lost it. But I do remember needing to fix my graphics card.

Do you know anything about AGP graphics cards?

If not, thanks for all your help, you're a lifesaver
 
Old 03-20-2007, 10:52 PM   #33
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LMAO! LOL, Infact I do know some stuff about AGP cards. I have 2 screens plugged into mine as we speak. And also I am working with another user who is having a WICKED time trying to get her display working.
I definitely don't know everything, but depending on the card, and what you need to do, I will help if I can.

NOTE: in order to keep the threads atleast a little bit on topic, I recommend you start a new thread for your AGP issue, and then tell me where the thread is
Hehehehe

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Old 03-20-2007, 10:54 PM   #34
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Well, I have a 512MB Nvidia Geforce 5800ish, and I cannot get the resolution past 1024x768. I tried setting xorg.conf to only load in 1280x1024, but it seems to just ignore it. What kind of driver do I need to be able to use that resolution?
 
Old 03-20-2007, 11:01 PM   #35
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Ohhh this is perfect
I have an nVidia Geforce4 MX440 AGP8x, so you have come to the right place.
First things first: Go to the nVidia website and locate the correct proprietary nVidia driver for your card. Read carefully there, the supported-hardware list is rather obscure, and I had to try 2 or 3 of them before I found the one for my card. Incidentally, I have the 9631 driver.
So.. Go there, get the driver for your card, download it, follow the instructions carefully to install it, and at the last step of the driver installation, it will ask you if you want it to edit your xorg.conf file. SAY NO!!
This will all be done in init 3 level by the way; so before you go to install the driver, open a console with root priveleges, and type 'telinit 3'.
This will take you to the login text mode.
login as root, type 'mc' to start midnight commander. Navigate to where you saved the installer, exit MC, run the installer, when done go into MC again, navigate to your etc/X11/xorg.conf file, and change the 'nv' in the device section to 'nvidia', and then type 'telinit 4'
When you finish all this, or if you get stuck, start a new thread somewhere, and I will find it and join you.

PS - It's probably nVidia.com, but don't quote me.
 
Old 03-20-2007, 11:06 PM   #36
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let me go ahead and post the pertinent info in the xorg.conf file
Code:
# **********************************************************************
# Monitor section
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of monitor sections may be present

Section "Monitor"

    Identifier  "My Monitor"

# HorizSync is in kHz unless units are specified.
# HorizSync may be a comma separated list of discrete values, or a
# comma separated list of ranges of values.
# NOTE: THE VALUES HERE ARE EXAMPLES ONLY.  REFER TO YOUR MONITOR'S
# USER MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT NUMBERS.

    HorizSync   31.5 - 50.0

#    HorizSync	30-64         # multisync
#    HorizSync	31.5, 35.2    # multiple fixed sync frequencies
#    HorizSync	15-25, 30-50  # multiple ranges of sync frequencies

# VertRefresh is in Hz unless units are specified.
# VertRefresh may be a comma separated list of discrete values, or a
# comma separated list of ranges of values.
# NOTE: THE VALUES HERE ARE EXAMPLES ONLY.  REFER TO YOUR MONITOR'S
# USER MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT NUMBERS.

    VertRefresh 40-90

EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of graphics device sections may be present

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "VESA Framebuffer"
    Driver      "vesa"
    #VideoRam    4096
    # Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Screen sections
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of screen sections may be present.  Each describes
# the configuration of a single screen.  A single specific screen section
# may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
# option.
Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "Screen 1"
    Device      "VESA Framebuffer"
    Monitor     "My Monitor"

# If your card can handle it, a higher default color depth (like 24 or 32)
# is highly recommended.

#   DefaultDepth 8
#   DefaultDepth 16
#  DefaultDepth 24
#   DefaultDepth 32

# "1024x768" is also a conservative usable default resolution.  If you
# have a better monitor, feel free to try resolutions such as
# "1152x864", "1280x1024", "1600x1200", and "1800x1400" (or whatever your
# card/monitor can produce)
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       32
        Modes "1280x1024"
    EndSubsection



EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# ServerLayout sections.
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of ServerLayout sections may be present.  Each describes
# the way multiple screens are organised.  A specific ServerLayout
# section may be specified from the X server command line with the
# "-layout" option.  In the absence of this, the first section is used.
# When now ServerLayout section is present, the first Screen section
# is used alone.

Section "ServerLayout"

# The Identifier line must be present
    Identifier  "Simple Layout"

# Each Screen line specifies a Screen section name, and optionally
# the relative position of other screens.  The four names after
# primary screen name are the screens to the top, bottom, left and right
# of the primary screen.  In this example, screen 2 is located to the
# right of screen 1.

    Screen "Screen 1"

# Each InputDevice line specifies an InputDevice section name and
# optionally some options to specify the way the device is to be
# used.  Those options include "CorePointer", "CoreKeyboard" and
# "SendCoreEvents".

    InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"

EndSection
 
Old 03-20-2007, 11:10 PM   #37
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UGH! We have some work to do. But first, go and do the driver stuff, but don't let it change your file yet. When you come back in a new thread, I will post you a version of my file for you to start with, which should get you up and running.

PS - for one thing you cannot use 32 as a depth. 24 is max, which in windows is written as 32.

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Old 03-20-2007, 11:30 PM   #38
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Well, I can't get the driver to start to save my life, it wants me to accept a license, but it's screwed up, so I finally get it to accept it, then its just giving me option stuff, but wont let me actually choose them, how do you pass more than one option? just file -A -X or file -A, -X because this thing is being a pain about it
 
Old 03-20-2007, 11:33 PM   #39
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OK, it is keyboard operated. So use left and right arrows and RETURN key
And you dont need to download the kernel compiler thingy, it will make its own, so press NO for that option.
 
Old 03-20-2007, 11:35 PM   #40
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OK, i did telinit 2 and it worked, but I have to recompile my kernel before I can go any further, it is complaining about a module I put in it. So right now I'm doing that, then hopefully it'll all be said and done after that w/o too many hitches
 
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ok.. But use telinit 3, not 2
 
Old 03-20-2007, 11:39 PM   #42
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btw I've noticed that /sbin/ldconfig is friggin slow... what is that?
 
Old 03-20-2007, 11:43 PM   #43
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It's the 'shared library updater'. There's debate about whether it must be ran on every boot, and I'm not sure, but I do know that if your shared libraries get out of whack, it is very bad, so I leave it alone.
It gets faster too, eventually. I dunno why, but mine takes like less than a second now.
Leave it for now, is my advice.
 
Old 03-20-2007, 11:52 PM   #44
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OK, so the only difference now is that the control panel gives me a grayed out bar for Settings for screen, and a refresh rate. It told me right at the end a README file, but I don't remember where it said it was, What should I do now?
 
Old 03-21-2007, 12:05 AM   #45
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OK, for now I'll assume the greyed out bar is because the driver is not being used yet. Give me a few moments here, and my next post will be a new xorg.conf for you to try, You want 1280x1024x24bit color right? With only one monitor? OK, coming right up.. Few minutes.
Plus, I dunno what it said about README, but if you want the nVidia readme, I will email it to you.
OK, be right back
 
  


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