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Old 09-10-2003, 02:23 AM   #1
Panopticon
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Cannnot Load GUI, Please Help! (RH8)


Hey!

First off, I'd like to say Im glad there is a site such as this! Especially for the linux noobs

Ok, Here is my problem:
I installed RedHat8. Its setup for dual boot with winXP using the GRUB bootloader. WinXP works fine blahblahblah. Redhat will load ok until i type startx. A whole error page flashes up and says "Fatal Error: No screens found" and then brings me back to my user prompt. From what i've searched I'm starting to think Its a problem with my GeForce4 MX440.

Please note: i AM a total noob, and i have read many other threads on this site but honestly I can't make heads or tails of them.

I'd really like to solve this problem but a combination of frustration and simple lack of knowlege has stopped me in my tracks. Any help you can provide would be most excellent

thanks in advance
-Paul
 
Old 09-10-2003, 04:15 AM   #2
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There must be somthing else.. Post up that whole screen of errors.

It's probably just somthing simple, but no screens found is not enough info.
 
Old 09-10-2003, 10:00 AM   #3
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checkout this web site and see if your Adapter is compatible with RH http://hardware.redhat.com/hcl/

To configure your vga adapter goto terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F1) and login as root type the cmd redhat-config-xfree86 and u will be able to configure all settings that u need.

chow
 
Old 09-10-2003, 11:16 AM   #4
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hmm well I did some overnight reading, and fonud that the Geforce4 is not supported in RH8, you have to get all the updates etc..etc..

So. I decided to just go download RH9.....but wait! you have to register and pay $$$.

Mandrake 9 here i come!
 
Old 09-10-2003, 11:21 AM   #5
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u can download RH9 from redhat with no charge thats how I got my copy...........
 
Old 09-12-2003, 05:31 AM   #6
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And yes the geforce 4 IS supported by redhat 8 and 9.
You need the nvidia installer from www.nvidia.com

Its really easy, if your scared of updating, you really should'nt be using linux.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 12:30 PM   #7
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like evilone said it is supported and there are generic drivers included in redhat for the card...but i am thinking that either it probed the wrong one in the setup, or you personally set it as the wrong card...in the terminal type xf86config and re-run the X Configurator, and select the proper card from the card database....so after setting everything is set properly trying startx again and see if it worked..
 
Old 09-12-2003, 12:55 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by Panopticon
So. I decided to just go download RH9.....but wait! you have to register and pay $$$.

Mandrake 9 here i come!
you can try this site for distros:
http://www.linuxiso.org/

you can d/l RH free, but if you want to try Mandrake go ahead, it's a very nice distro and newbie-friendly.

here's a good site/forum for getting your GF4 up and running:
http://www.nvnews.net/

 
Old 09-12-2003, 01:05 PM   #9
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mandrake is very newbie friendly no problems with the geforce either. in fact i've already setup my apache web server and loaded some of my perl scripts for school.
 
  


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