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kevkilroy 08-09-2006 04:51 AM

X starts really slowly & limited functionality after trying to install NVidia driver
 
Hi all,

Linux Newbie, 3 days after first installation & honeymoon period is officially over!.

All was fine, using GeForce2 MX/MX400 PCI Graphics Card. First had to install Fedora 5 using text based installation. Once completed managed to get X to start by using vesa driver. Then done some software update....& managed to use nv driver. Wanted to use nvidia driver as felt that it was a bit sluggish when moving screens, surfing web etc.

updated kernel to 2.6.17-1_2157 using yum. Managed to install kernel-source as required by nvidia driver. Then ran nvidia package from console. Nvidia built a module interface for the kernel & said installation was successful. Prompted me if I wanted to start a config util next time X started & would back up xorg.conf. I agreed to this then restarted X. This is where it all went wrong.

Some of the Problems are:
- X takes ages to load & is Very sluggish
- When moving mouse around the desktop, it is permanently a cross, not a pointer
-when I open a terminal or any app the app sits right along the panel in the top left hand corner so I can no longer access the panel or any apps in it.
- Cannot Alt+tab between windows
- Cannot use the show desktop button in bottom left: it says 'your window manager does not support the show desktop button, or you are not running a window manager'
- Cannot run lspci, even when inside /sbin directory!


Here is a copy of the /var/log/xorg.0.log file:

I will post the xorg.conf file in a second since I cannot move my browser or access any terminal so I will have to post this, close fire fox & then go get it! Please help!

Also, I uninstalled the NVidia driver using the tool from NVidia, reverted to xorg.conf backup file & everything but still the same! p.s. reverted to using vesa drvier & tried using nv driver but all with same outcome.



p.p.s. I cannot post the /var/log/xorg.0.log as it is too big & contains URLS!

I will try & post the xorg.conf file in next thread

THanks in advance,


Pretty please,

Loving linux but hating this problem!

kevkilroy 08-09-2006 04:54 AM

heres xorg.conf
 
# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, a font server independent of the X server is
# used to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
Load "dri"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
#
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"

### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "CV675TCO99-S"
DisplaySize 300 230
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
HorizSync 30.0 - 60.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 75.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "vesa"
BoardName "NVidia GeForce2 MX/MX400"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "960x600" "800x600"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "960x600" "800x600"
EndSubSection





EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection

kevkilroy 08-09-2006 05:44 AM

Recovered, but still no NVidia driver
 
hello all,


managed to recover to a usable state.....I did this by disabling SELinux in system, security settings.

Ran the NVidia installer again, said it was installed but would not load
could not load glx module & said no drivers where available....



back to using nv driver but at least it something!

Melz_Dark_Angel 08-09-2006 06:40 AM

Did you install the drivers from yum? I had inssues with modules loading on my gentoo box, from using older drivers, but the very lastest drivers work.

kevkilroy 08-09-2006 08:20 AM

install update with yum
 
I tried to do an install using yum enabling the livna repo

it finds an upgrade but fails on:

Error: xorg-x11-drv-nvidia conflicts with selinux-policy < 2.2.29-2.fc5

I disabled the SELinux feature (System settings/Security)

but it still conflicts

is there an nvidia repo???


thanks

Melz_Dark_Angel 08-10-2006 07:15 AM

I think what I would do, is to actually compile the lastest driver from the nvidia website, allthough you may have dependancy issues if you having been installing the devel packages for stuff on your system.

I'm not sure why selinux conflicting though, slightly odd.


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