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Old 09-26-2003, 07:43 PM   #1
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Am I missing out not having Nvidia driver?


Hey all,

I am running Mandrake 9.1 on an Epox 8rda+ motherboard with a geforce ti4200 card. I have tried many times to install the Nvidia driver but nothing works.

I did find a few interesting threads about Epox nforce motherboards and the driver in the Nvidia forums (the two do not like each other), but I am reluctant to try flashing my bios or recompiling my kernel in order to get the thing installed.

The thing is, the default "nv" driver that comes with mandrake seems to be doing a good job, and I don't really plan on playing any 3D games in linux anyway. Am I losing out in overall performance by just using the "nv" driver? Would the nvidia driver speed up the GUI, or help with playing videos? If the driver is really beneficial, I'd be willing to roll up my sleeves and get dirty to get the freakin' thing working, but if it doesn't make that much of a difference, I'll call it a day and hang out in 2D.

Thanks...
 
Old 09-26-2003, 09:47 PM   #2
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No 3d games? for shame!, heh, just kidding.

That's a great card and as a 3d gamer with a couple lesser nVidia cards powering my linux gaming, I'm drooling...so, I would hate to see it go to waste on boring office stuff. But...if you're not going to play, IMHO, there's no need to go with the nvidia driver... unless you'd like to use the "digital vibrance" feature (which really intensifies the colors), or the somewhat-cool shadowed mouse cursor.

that's my 2 cents.

PS: I should add that I just installed the nvidia driver on my own mdk9.1 box and it really could not have been any easier...where did it go wrong for you?

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Old 09-26-2003, 10:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply... I duel-boot with XP so I can get my 3 dimensional fill over there (although I would have liked to play some Neverwinter Nights on linux).

As for the nvidia driver install... there were quite a few headaches, and everything I tried ended up with a black screen (or at best, a black screen with a few random horizontal blue lines across the bottom). It seems that everyone with an Epox 8rda motherboard has problems, although I have read that older bios versions and kernel 2.4.22 have resulted in some success stories. I got incredibly sick of trying things and waiting through the long reboot process to see if it would work.
 
Old 09-26-2003, 10:26 PM   #4
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roger that.
my one lone windows installation is just for games. Frankly, I admire you for not wasting eons of time trying to get this going just for it's own sake. There are so many areas of interest and exploration in linux, there's no need to spend your time on something that is going to frustrate due to circumstances beyond your control.
 
Old 09-26-2003, 10:26 PM   #5
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well its not so much the motherboard, its the kt400 chipset that is on the board....that is where the issue comes into play...there is probably a 2% success rate for people with these boards and the nvidia driver installation... so its not just you....but to my knowledge did you try the new drivers (i think its 4496) cause i think that issue was supposed to be taken care of....and if so are you sure "assign irq to vga" is enabled in the bios, and have you try different options in your config such as NvAgp "1" or "0"...?
 
Old 09-26-2003, 11:08 PM   #6
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Well, I must be charmed... I've got the kt400 and a gf3ti500 card (wishing for a gf4, don't know why...), the latest nVidia's are cranking my glxgears on mdk9.1 at exhorbitant rates. I should add that I've given up on acpi working on this board (an MSI something) and have it off in my lilo.
 
Old 09-27-2003, 09:19 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info, DrOzz. Yes, I tried the 4496 driver, fiddled around with assigning irq and enabling plug and play in the bios, and tried the NvAgp options... still ended up with lock up.

Oh well, I'm patient; hopefully in another release of the Nvidia driver this will be fixed.
 
  


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