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Old 07-01-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
harecanada
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Google Earth NVIDIA FX 5200...


Well,
I have been trying to get Google Earth to work for weeks and still no go.
Running Kubuntu 8.04/KDE3/NV34[GeForce FX 5200]
Finally got NVIDIA X Server Settings to work
Finally got Envyng showing up.
Still GE says can't identify my graphics card.
Anybody got any ideas?
If I ever get this thing working I'll write a book.
I've tried a lot of fixes with no luck. mediabuntu,GoogleEarthLinux.bin,Synaptic etc. No luck yet.
But , I'm very persistent.
Anyone want to give me some advice?
harecanada
 
Old 07-01-2008, 08:29 PM   #2
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can you confirm that your graphics acceleration actually works?

I usually do this by running the "pulsar" xscreensaver like so:

/path/to/pulsar -delay 0 -fps

you should get something over 200 fps - like way over... maybe even around 1000 fps. If you see something around 60 or 100, your graphics driver is not installed properly.

If you don't have xscreensaver and/or pulsar, you can use mine here (not sure if you'll need any extra libs).

Post back your fps.

edit: This assumes you've installed the Google Earth libs from Synaptic, then downloaded & installed GE from Google. Is that the case?

Last edited by BrianK; 07-01-2008 at 08:30 PM.
 
Old 07-01-2008, 10:05 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by harecanada View Post
Well,
I have been trying to get Google Earth to work for weeks and still no go.
Running Kubuntu 8.04/KDE3/NV34[GeForce FX 5200]
Finally got NVIDIA X Server Settings to work
Finally got Envyng showing up.
Still GE says can't identify my graphics card.
Anybody got any ideas?
If I ever get this thing working I'll write a book.
I've tried a lot of fixes with no luck. mediabuntu,GoogleEarthLinux.bin,Synaptic etc. No luck yet.
But , I'm very persistent.
Anyone want to give me some advice?
harecanada
check if hardware acceleration is working with:
Code:
glxinfo | grep irect
 
Old 07-02-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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check if hardware acceleration is working with:
Code:
glxinfo | grep irect
assuming, of course, that glxinfo is installed... which it is not on the machine I'm using at the moment, even though it definitely does have graphics acceleration working.

That said, if it is installed, it's probably a better way of checking than using pulsar.
 
Old 07-02-2008, 01:56 PM   #5
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Hi BrianK
Here's what I get:
darrell@harecanada-desktop:~$ glxinfo | grep irect
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
darrell@harecanada-desktop:~$
What does it mean?
harecanada
 
Old 07-02-2008, 04:04 PM   #6
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Hi BrianK
Here's what I get:
darrell@harecanada-desktop:~$ glxinfo | grep irect
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
darrell@harecanada-desktop:~$
What does it mean?
harecanada
I don't have glxinfo (hence my posting about using pulsar), so I can't say for sure, but it certainly appears that your graphics drivers are not installed properly.

You're using Ubuntu, right? If so, see this page: http://www.funnestra.org/ubuntu/hardy/#nvidia-driver
 
Old 07-02-2008, 05:24 PM   #7
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No. I'm using Kubuntu Hardy/KDE3
I'll still check that link.
harecanada
 
Old 07-02-2008, 05:54 PM   #8
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How exactly did you install the nvidia driver?

Can you run 'nvidia-installer --sanity'?
 
Old 07-02-2008, 06:45 PM   #9
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Hey crashmaster,
It says "command not found"
harecanada
 
Old 07-02-2008, 06:59 PM   #10
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How exactly did you install the nvidia driver?

Can you run 'nvidia-installer --sanity'?
(nvidia-installer is not on my machine either). A more standard check might be:

dpkg -l | grep nvidia

(at least on Debian based systems like *buntu & if what you're trying to find is if the nvidia stuff is in the kernel)

harecanada - have you attempted to install the nvidia drivers at all? They do not come with the standard install - you have to actually install them yourself. There are MANY howtos for installing these drivers, especially for the different Ubuntus.

Last edited by BrianK; 07-02-2008 at 07:01 PM.
 
Old 07-02-2008, 07:35 PM   #11
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Hey BrianK
This what I get when I enter "dpkg -l | grep nvidia":

darrell@harecanada-desktop:~$ dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii nvidia-glx-new 169.12+2.6.24.13-19.44 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org 'new' driver
rc nvidia-glx-new-dev-envy 173.14.05+2.6.24.501-501.30 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org 'new' driver
rc nvidia-glx-new-envy 173.14.05+2.6.24.501-501.30 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org 'new' driver
rc nvidia-kernel-common 20051028+1ubuntu8 NVIDIA binary kernel module common files
ii nvidia-settings 1.0+20080304-0ubuntu1.1 Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv
darrell@harecanada-desktop:~$
I tried installing the drivers with Envy and a bunch of other things but finally I uninstalled every thing (Envyng and nvidia and went to the Ubuntu link above and tried that install. I got this message at the end of it though.
"You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server. "

I don't know what it means though.
How do I do that?
harecanada
 
Old 07-02-2008, 07:45 PM   #12
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I don't know what it means though.
How do I do that?
harecanada
Well, the good news is that you may almost be there.

simply do this:

sudo nvidia-xconfig


when it prompts you for a password, enter YOUR password. it should run at that point. Get the settings right then don't forget to SAVE the file (there should be a button for save). If you don't save, you'll lose the setting the next time you log out. If you don't run as sudo, you can't save the file.

Then you may want to run the above tests again, possibly including pulsar (there's a link up in my first post)
 
Old 07-03-2008, 03:57 PM   #13
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This didn't work and it was the last straw,"so to speak".
I uninstalled envy,envyng and nvidia.
Now I'm ready to start over and go at it again. I think I have been posting to much about this problem so I'm going to dig in and "handle the hell out of it " by studying everything I think might be applicable till I solve it!!
Any advice would be appreciated.
harecanada
 
Old 07-03-2008, 04:34 PM   #14
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This didn't work and it was the last straw,"so to speak".
I uninstalled envy,envyng and nvidia.
Now I'm ready to start over and go at it again. I think I have been posting to much about this problem so I'm going to dig in and "handle the hell out of it " by studying everything I think might be applicable till I solve it!!
Any advice would be appreciated.
harecanada
Advice:
- Install a fresh *buntu if you can.
- Update all the packages with the update manager. Reboot if it says you need to (probably a kernel upgrade).
- Follow VERY CAREFULLY the instructions for getting an Nvidia card running
- Verify the nvidia card is working.
- Reboot & reverify the card is working.
- Install the Google Earth stuff from Synaptic (these are merely the libs you'll need to run GE)
- Install GE from google.

Order is important.
 
Old 07-03-2008, 04:36 PM   #15
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Just install the kernel headers and d/l the nvidia driver and install it.No big deal.

Kernel headers goes like this: apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

This is for Debian but I'd suspect it will also work with whatever-buntu.

Tried envy once and it did was to screw up.

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