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Old 04-08-2004, 03:10 AM   #1
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can't load the nvidia driver


Hi all

I'm messing up with linux and i'm trying hard to get the nvidia drivers working
After much trouble, i was able to install it. Now i want to load them, so i open the /etc/X11/XFConfig-4 file and i've this in the device section

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce2 DDR (generic)"
Driver "nv"
Option "DPMS"
EndSection


There was no need to add Load "glx" (just to unquote it)

Yesterday i did it fine and when i launch startX i got the nvidia logo
Today when booting the file was corrupted in some way and i loaded the old file. Now i did the same as before but when booting linux, i didn't got the nvidia logo and in Driver i had "nv" again instead of "nvidia"
 
Old 04-08-2004, 03:15 AM   #2
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well just change it again to nvidia should work...
 
Old 04-08-2004, 03:22 AM   #3
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I did it several time but it doesn't seem to work, is it because i did it under kde the last time? I'll try to close it and try again, i'll keep you posted
 
Old 04-08-2004, 03:39 AM   #4
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I did it outside of the desktop and that didn't helped
 
Old 04-10-2004, 03:44 AM   #5
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no one?
 
Old 04-10-2004, 12:26 PM   #6
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Sorry to ask the obvious, but have you read the "readme" at
Quote:
/usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0
because that's where you should find the instructions to make sure you've got the config modifications correct.

If you open the file with an editor (mandrake's default being vi)

then in a console type
Code:
vi /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
using the arrow key's to get to the bit you want to change, use the insert button, make the changes, hit esc, then type :wq (make sure type the colon) and hit enter (don't forget, that you need to have the Load "glx" in the same format as the other modules, and if it's there, just remove the # and not the quotes, it explains it all, in the readme).

That should make sure that you've saved the changes (as opposed to :q which just quit's).



then reboot and see if you get the nvidia splash screen.

regards

John

p.s. if this seems "patronising" I apologise, but I have no way of knowing your knowledge level's, so a step by step seemed the best idea.

Last edited by bigjohn; 04-10-2004 at 12:29 PM.
 
Old 04-17-2004, 02:46 PM   #7
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First sorry for replying late i was in vacation

I haven't read the readme you pointed but i readed the one on nvidia website, i'll check if it's the same or not

I use emacs when changing the files, and i always checked that the file is correct by reopening it after i changed it and closed it

I'll give it a try tomorrow and see if it changes something with vi

don't worry for the "patronizing" i didn't noticed
 
Old 04-18-2004, 07:28 PM   #8
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I tend to put the apologies first these days, just because it says newbie next to someones name, if the obvious answer is one of the more basic ones (about the only ones I can offer), some of those who have some linux know how, get stroppy if you are suggesting the obvious.

Erm, also I've always done my changes for the nvidia driver after I've killed the X server i.e. I just keep hitting ctrl+alt+backspace (maybe your system need's ctrl+alt+delete - memory's a bit shakey, too much Bacardi Black at this time of night hic!) until I get the init 3 log in screen (as in no window manager running) and then log in as root and follow the instructions as per the readme.

In theory, at least, it should work! hic, burp, *&Bw£%##, bugger, I've just stubbed me toe on the desk again

regards

John
 
Old 05-02-2004, 05:50 AM   #9
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I've done what you told me, changed thefile with vi and saved it. When i went back to kde, i had the nvidia splash screen.
However when i rebooted the system, hte splash screen was gone and it didn't load the drivers
 
Old 05-02-2004, 07:09 AM   #10
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Is the nvidia module loading?

Try this as root:

modprobe nvidia

Then restart.
 
Old 05-02-2004, 07:24 AM   #11
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But did XFree86 load, using the generic nv driver or did it dump you back at the command prompt with an error message about being unable to initialize the Nvidia module (I forget the exact words)? If it's trying to load the Nvidia module and failing then the problem isn't with the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4, it's probably to do with loading the module. Have you got a line that says
alias /dev/nvidia* nvidia
in /etc/modprobe.conf ? It might be worth putting the word nvidia on it's own line in the file /etc/modprobe.preload . I think when this happened to me I fixed it by just running the nvidia installer again, which doesn't sound right, but once it started working properly I stopped worrying about it until I read your post. I don't boot into Mandrake 10 very often as it tries to reconfigure my printers every time I do, but that's another story.
 
Old 05-02-2004, 07:46 AM   #12
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it boot into xfree using the generic nv drivers, i've no error message whatsoever
i'll check the modprobe once i repair the partition (got corrupted somehow)
 
  


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