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Old 04-01-2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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Unhappy Graphics driver installation?


I have tried to install the nvidia linux driver for my GeForce 2 MX 400 64 MB ever since installing FC3 without success thus having to work at 800*600.

I followed the procedure recommended by my m8:
logged out
ctrl + alt +F2
logged in as root
telinit 3
/home/me/NVIDIAlinux drivers
modprobe -q agpart
vi /etc/rc.local

inserted the following lines at the bottom of the file:

modprobe nvidia
modprobe -q agpart

saved and quit

telinit 5

[wow, certainly no OS for the win , yet]

then edited some settings in my xorg.conf

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX 400"
Option "NvAGP" "1"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Unknown monitor"
HorizSync 31.5 - 37.9
VertRefresh 50.0 - 85.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

in contrast with the original:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nv"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Unknown monitor"
HorizSync 31.5 - 37.9
VertRefresh 50.0 - 70.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Are my drivers loaded? How can I get my 17" to go at 1024 * 768 or even 11xx * xxxx ?
 
Old 04-01-2005, 10:06 PM   #2
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As root, run:

/sbin/lsmod | grep nvidia
This will tell you if the nvidia driver is loaded.

Looks like you may be using a generic monitor that may not support your resolution. I'm not sure, but you could try selecting a monitor setting that more closely matches yours.

http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mj...3.shtml#nvidia
 
Old 04-01-2005, 10:15 PM   #3
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/sbin/lsmod | grep nvidia
nvidia 3925116 12

I take it that is a confirmation of the running nvidia drivers.....

My monitor does support it as I have always run Win in 1024 mode and higher

Many thanx
 
Old 04-02-2005, 12:52 AM   #4
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all the instructions you need right here

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=259917
 
Old 04-02-2005, 03:46 AM   #5
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how to cheet

my workstation has an nvidia card, i got stressed out with drivers as i was never happy with how they were working. in the end i found the easiest (and in my opinion best as it got debian on my system easaly) way to get nvidia on your system is to use a distro called libranet: http://www.libranet.com/
it is a commercial distro but they are providing their old vertion 2.8 free (as advertising till they have vertion 3 out) it makes the debian install a lot easier and during installation it pops up and says "i can instal the nvidia drivers for you" and it just does them easy and straitforward. my biggest tip with libranet is to install as few packages as possible from the cd (literaly just enough to boot the computer and run X (IceWM is installed by defult) then use apt-get (i use synaptic front end) to dist upgrade to "sarge" and you have a debian system that works well with your hardware. my list of tips are:

1. before updating to sarge run all their configuration stuff in adminmenu that applies to you
2. install all their printing drivers as they make life easy (from the CD)
3. only install minimal stuff from the cd (you will only replace most of it when you upgrade and for some reason my system meses up when apt-get is run for the first time with lots of programmes there).
 
Old 04-02-2005, 04:03 AM   #6
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I too am having the same problem. I had did everything in the tutorial like it asked however now my monitor shuts completly off ... any ideas?

I have a nVidia GeForce2go btw. I figured out when I change nv to nvidia is when it crashes. any cures for this?

thanks,
-theMayor

Last edited by theMayor; 04-02-2005 at 04:17 AM.
 
Old 04-02-2005, 10:23 AM   #7
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Re: how to cheet

Quote:
Originally posted by amon
my workstation has an nvidia card, i got stressed out with drivers as i was never happy with how they were working. in the end i found the easiest (and in my opinion best as it got debian on my system easaly) way to get nvidia on your system is to use a distro called libranet: http://www.libranet.com/
it is a commercial distro but they are providing their old vertion 2.8 free (as advertising till they have vertion 3 out) it makes the debian install a lot easier and during installation it pops up and says "i can instal the nvidia drivers for you" and it just does them easy and straitforward. my biggest tip with libranet is to install as few packages as possible from the cd (literaly just enough to boot the computer and run X (IceWM is installed by defult) then use apt-get (i use synaptic front end) to dist upgrade to "sarge" and you have a debian system that works well with your hardware. my list of tips are:

1. before updating to sarge run all their configuration stuff in adminmenu that applies to you
2. install all their printing drivers as they make life easy (from the CD)
3. only install minimal stuff from the cd (you will only replace most of it when you upgrade and for some reason my system meses up when apt-get is run for the first time with lots of programmes there).
Many thanx but it seems it's Debian only. Atleast thats the impression I'm getting from the website:
Quote:
Libranet is a Debian based system with the added advantages of a super easy install......
I'm running FC3 - not sure whether it would fit my problem.
 
Old 04-09-2005, 08:26 AM   #8
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if you were to use libranet you would have to remove FC3 and install libranet (change the linux distribution you are using) Libranet is primaraly Debian with a few extra bits including extra printer drivers and the Nvidia scripting install that makes nvidia cards easy to set up.

when it comes to the day to day use of a system the choice of distribution should not be a problem. i personaly prefer apt as a methd for installing applications rather than .rpm files which always managed to annoy me :S. its a case of personal preference
 
  


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