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Old 11-19-2004, 05:30 AM   #1
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Angry Graphics Card Nightmares


I've had it up to the gills trying to get the drivers for an NVIDIA card working with my MDK10 distro. I've exhausted every thread about the subject, I think, that I could find on the web. but the same error about missing kernel source, which it isn't, recurs. AFAIK, it may be a mismatch between the source and actual kernel version (?)

From my investigations I note my problem is a common one.

Q: So, is there not a distro out there that makes the setup and configuration of a decent graphics card, any card, something less than a nightmare?

Appreciate your comments....
 
Old 11-19-2004, 06:05 AM   #2
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What kind of card do you have?

I have an nVidia GeForce3 Ti200 with Fedora Core II, it detected okay on installation, and it's running 1280x1024.

I haven't tried installing the nVidia OpenGL driver yet, but from what I gather a kernel recompile is not necessary.

Don't know about MDK distros, but you may need to symlink from /usr/source/whatever to wherever MDK keeps the source files.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 06:16 AM   #3
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I have an nVidia GeForce3 Ti200 with Fedora Core II, it detected okay on installation, and it's running 1280x1024.

Don't know about MDK distros, but you may need to symlink from /usr/source/whatever to wherever MDK keeps the source files.

Thanks. I have fedora core II, so I'll give it a try. regarding the symlink, no- it was tried early in the piece without any luck.
 
Old 11-19-2004, 06:20 AM   #4
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Re: Graphics Card Nightmares

Quote:
Originally posted by confused_bof

Q: So, is there not a distro out there that makes the setup and configuration of a decent graphics card, any card, something less than a nightmare?

Appreciate your comments....
Some distributions provides 3D acceleration, as Libranet. Others, as SuSE, provides a very easy way to install nvidia drivers as an update through YaST.

I've never tried Mandrake 10.0 (did 9.2) and nvidia drivers worked just fine. Check this tutorial to see if that would help:

http://www.geocities.com/kooltux/tutorials/nvidia.html

I wrote it myself, so it's basically poorly written in English and dated, but should get you going... About the kernel source already being installed as you've mentioned, you may need to specify the path to the kernel while running Nvidia binaries. E.g:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-xxxx-pkg1.run --kernel-source-path /usr/src/linux

Good luck!
 
Old 11-19-2004, 06:35 AM   #5
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Re: Re: Graphics Card Nightmares

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sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-xxxx-pkg1.run --kernel-source-path /usr/src/linux
Always ends in heartbreak:

" cannot load the nvidia.ko module" and complains about missing kernel source (not so).

Anyway, Linux is not prime time for me yet, so I'm going to try Fedora over the weekend.

Thanks
 
Old 11-19-2004, 06:49 AM   #6
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Re: Re: Graphics Card Nightmares

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I've never tried Mandrake 10.0 (did 9.2) and nvidia drivers worked just fine. Check this tutorial to see if that would help:

http://www.geocities.com/kooltux/tutorials/nvidia.html

I wrote it myself, so it's basically poorly written in English and dated, but should get you going... About the kernel source already being installed as you've mentioned, you may need to specify the path to the kernel while running Nvidia binaries. E.g:
Sorry, I wan't paying attention. I appreciate your effort and had already found your tutorial when I started grappling with this problem.

Whilst it didn't solve the issue for me, I learn from it. Many thanks
 
Old 11-19-2004, 03:14 PM   #7
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It's no problem confused_bof . Believe me, I've been there too and so have everyone in this forum, some more, some less...

But give Libranet a shot. I think that the download is free now, it will provide 3D acceleration for you right of the box and it's debian based, meaning that you have thousand of packages ready to be installed through apt-get in one command. In the case you never heard of apt-get, it works like this, for example:

# apt-get install mplayer

that will download mplayer, install all codecs, fonts, default skin and _all_ eventual dependencies... Now hold a second and think that all your system or individual packages could be updated that way and that you have over 10.000 packages available _and_ can add more servers (unofficial ones) if you like... Libranet also comes with Alien which makes easy to convert packages as .tgz(slackware) or rpm into .deb(debian) native packages...

Oh yeah, don't forget, 3D acceleration right of the box too for the supported cards...

Think about it. You can read a review of Libranet 2.7 (old, no 3D hardware support of the box) right here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...php?product=99

That, as I said, is for an older version. I was in love with Libranet 2.7. I love 2.8 even more, but have not had time to write a review, but take a look here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...hp?product=245

I really think that it's much better to try something safe and stable then Fedora, which I heard also has problems with Nvidia sometimes, or so I've seem thread in this forum.

Good luck my friend!
 
Old 11-19-2004, 05:37 PM   #8
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emerge nvidia-kernel
 
Old 11-19-2004, 09:49 PM   #9
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emerge nvidia-kernel
Then, after a couple of days, gentoo will have successfully compiled and installed the driver... or you could do it in two minutes with all other distributions
 
Old 11-19-2004, 09:57 PM   #10
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Then, after a couple of days, gentoo will have successfully compiled and installed the driver... or you could do it in two minutes with all other distributions
Not with MDK you can't, at least in my experience.
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Old 11-20-2004, 01:30 AM   #11
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you never answered the Q : what video card do you have ? Have you checked out the HCL on this site ? Thats "Hardware compatibility list", its an excellent source of information.

Did you try the Mandrake Hardware list at
http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/hardware.php3

live long and prosper
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Old 11-20-2004, 01:41 AM   #12
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Then, after a couple of days, gentoo will have successfully compiled and installed the driver... or you could do it in two minutes with all other distributions
lol...actually it takes less then 1 minute to compile and modprobe the module but I get your point.
 
Old 11-20-2004, 02:10 AM   #13
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you never answered the Q : what video card do you have ? Have you checked out the HCL on this site ? Thats "Hardware compatibility list", its an excellent source of information. live long and prosper floppy
Currently the box has GEForce2 MX400 with 64M installed. I have several other nvidea cards at hand.

When I first got MDK a couple of years ago the GEForce2 card was on the recommended list, as I recall. The other cards were also purchased because they were right for linux.
 
Old 11-20-2004, 05:31 AM   #14
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lol...actually it takes less then 1 minute to compile and modprobe the module but I get your point.
ghehe. I was kidding . I personally think that gentoo is pretty good and when I build a new machine I will put either Debian, Slack or Gentoo on it.. Can't decide just yet .
 
Old 11-20-2004, 05:41 AM   #15
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Q: So, is there not a distro out there that makes the setup and configuration of a decent graphics card, any card, something less than a nightmare?
I have Mandrake 10.0 Official, stock 2.6.3-7mdk kernel and the drivers installed without any issue for my GeForce FX5200 card. Did you re-compile or upgrade the kernel by any chance?

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