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Old 03-15-2006, 05:18 PM   #1
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Ge-Force 7800GTX xxx Extreme Edition Drivers?


I am trying to install the drivers for my graphics card which is a Nvidia XFX Ge-force 7800GTX XXX extreme edition 512mb. I installed the drivers which made my screen go funny when i tried to apply the Ge-force fx (unknown). I only tried to install it as this as my graphics card wasn't on the list. The package i tried to install is the 64 bit package because i have an AMD FX-60 processor. The name of the package is NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8178-pkg2.run which is the one advertised on the Nvidia website.....can anyone help?

thanks for the patients

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Old 03-15-2006, 07:23 PM   #2
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I would be happy to try and help you out, but I don't really have that much information to go on.
  • What Linux distro are you using (Mandrake, Debian, etc)?
  • Did you install the 64-bit version of that distro?
  • Did you try to install these drivers while you were in X-windows (graphical environment), or when you were in the console (text-only mode)?
  • Where did you get this "apply Ge-force fx (unknown)" option from? From running the nvidia-whatever.run package? Or did some other installer/configuration box give you this option?
  • You say, "I only tried to install it as this as my graphics card wasn't on the list." Where is this list? Is this list of cards part of the linux installer? Part of a post-install configuration dialog?

Try to give me as much information as possible. Almost every linux system is set up a little different, so without lots of info, I don't think I'll be able to figure out what the problem is. And, even if I can't help, someone else may be able to.

I'm afraid that most people are skipping over your post and not really paying attention to it, because you really haven't given us much info to go on. Sit back, relax, and try to post as much crazy information you can: what you clicked on, what you ran, etc. The more information we have, the better we can help you.
 
Old 03-16-2006, 02:12 AM   #3
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NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8178-pkg2.run
That is fine for all Nvidia cards made in the last few years. Did you get any errors? Did you actually run that file?
 
Old 03-16-2006, 07:41 AM   #4
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I am using Fedora Core 4 64 bit version. I ctrl + alt + F1, type init 3. then installed the package mentioned in the first post i made on this. it installed and edited the config file and stuff. I click on the desktop drop down menu at the top left of the screen, goto system then click on display. A window then pops up with my monitor and its refresh rate in it. From here i clicked the hardware tab then selected Video device configure. This is the menu I used to select the generic Nvidia Ge-Force (unknown) from.

At this point i restarted my computer to make sure it all worked.....and when i went to log in, the resolution had changed to 800 x 600 which should have been 1200 x 1024, and when i click on something(or try as i can't see my mouse pointer) it appears only as i drag the "pointer" over it.

my ge-force card wasn't in the video hardware menu so i was wondering if there is even a driver for linux that supports my hardware!
 
Old 03-16-2006, 08:05 AM   #5
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aren't the extreme editions pretty new? as in released Feb this year? maybe they haven't updated the drivers yet.

Check their website or a README or something see if it has/they have added support for that card
 
Old 03-16-2006, 08:27 AM   #6
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I'm pretty sure the 7800 is supported. The install process you used doesn't sound right to me though. I would have thought that running the nvidia installer would be the only needed step... I don't use Fedora Core, so I can't help you out with your GUI...

Here is what I think is happening:

When you go to the display properties and choose "generic Nvidia Ge-Force (unknown)", I'm pretty sure you are choosing the open source "nv" driver which ships with every version of X-windows I have ever seen. This driver should work, but it is a bit older, does not support all the fetures of the newer cards, will not support accelerated 3d, and is slow IMHO.

If the install of the nvidia-whatever.run package seemed to go alright, then what you really want to be using is the "nvidia" driver.

--

First of all, make sure that the kernel driver is installed properly:
Code:
> lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
nvidia               4854000  12
If you do not see nvidia in the list, you should try to load the nvidia kernel module:
Code:
> modprobe nvidia
That should work (you will need to be root for all this).

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Now that the nvidia kernel module is loaded correctly, let's make sure your X-windows configuration files are ok. Some distros are different, but I would expect your conf file to be: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf". What you want to do is search this file for a line that looks like:
Code:
    Driver      "nv"
and change that to:
Code:
    Driver      "nvidia"
If you are having trouble with this step, post the whole config file in a "code" block here, and I can help you with it.

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AFAIK, the only thing you need to worry about is the config file and the kernel module. If those two things are in place, everything should work fine. The only thing that worries me is that you use FC4; it has all these GUI config tools, and I'm afraid they may overwrite the config-file changes you make by hand. I used a SuSE distro a while ago, and if you couldn't do what you wanted with the GUI tools, you couldn't do it at all, because the distro's tools would overwrite my conf files all the time breaking my hand-made changes.

Try out some of these suggestions and post back here...

Last edited by visaris; 03-16-2006 at 08:29 AM.
 
Old 03-16-2006, 01:00 PM   #7
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where do i use all of these codes? in the terminal under root i know...but like what directory do i run them?

I change the driver used from "VESA driver (generic)" to "Nvidia Ge-force (generic)" which isn't in the list when i first installed fedora core 4. so it must have been installed by the drivers downloaded.

Last edited by ReV0h; 03-16-2006 at 01:19 PM.
 
Old 03-16-2006, 07:56 PM   #8
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That drop down list that Fedora give you, it means nothing to you and installing the nvidia drivers won't add anything to that list. Of course your card is supported, Any 7800 regardless of the advertising crap they tack onto the end is still a 7800, they're all the same GPU, just different clock speeds and stuff like that, the nvidia driver will support it fine.

Reinstall the nvidia driver and before reloading X, type this:
Code:
nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Now make sure the Load "dri" and Load "GLXcore" lines are commented out and make sure there is a line that says Load "glx" in the same section as the two you just commented. Scroll down to the Device section, Make sure the Driver line is set to "nvidia", not "nv". If you're having resolutions problems you can also add this line but it might cause other problems. If it does don't go back to that menu and try and change your video card again, you'll stuff up the nvidia drivers and go back to nv which suck.
Code:
Option      "IgnoreEDID"    "true"
 
Old 03-16-2006, 11:56 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by ReV0h
where do i use all of these codes? in the terminal under root i know...but like what directory do i run them?
The "modprobe nvidia" and "lsmod" commands should work from any directory.
 
Old 03-17-2006, 05:19 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by cs-cam

Reinstall the nvidia driver and before reloading X, type this:
Code:
nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
[/code]
I think i am just gonna give up......it's waaayyyy complicated this :P

i'll re-intall when i can use a seperate computer.

Thanks for all of your help guys!
 
  


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