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I recently installed Mandrake 9.2 on a computer I built. The graphical installation seemed smooth; I was able to select generic drivers for my Nvidia chipset GeForce4 and the monitor model was listed (NEC MultiSync700) in the vendor-list choices. When I was about to reboot after removing the last CD, I saw "installation successful" on the screen as it blacked out ... but if I choose any graphical runlevel, the screen will go black when it should be displaying a login screen. Only way I can use the system, is to choose "failsafe" and use the command-line interface. I have a little UNIX knowledge and a book on shell programming (plus a bit of experience from using RedHat 8, then upgrading to 9 on an old P2 I just retired).
One thing that concerned me, was that I saw the following entries in the INSTALL.LOG when I was trying to find clues:
NVIDIA_Kernel-smp184.108.40.206-mdk-4496 mdk-i586.rpm depmod
Can't open /lib/modules/2.4.22-10mdkBOOT/modules.dep for writing
NVIDIA_Kernel-2.4.22-10mdk-4496-3mdk.i586.rpm (same error message)
/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.19021:line24:rm:command not found
%post(glibc-2.3.2-14mdk)scriptlet failed,exit status 127
My main two questions are these:
1- Why with these apparently significant problems, did it display the message 'installation successful'?
2- What can I do about it to make ANY graphical interface work? I've tried to launch Xwindows from the command line, but the same thing happens .... screen goes black and I have to hit the reset button.
My suspicion is that it is a software problem because I was able to use the graphical install program. Also, when I choose the runlevel, it is a graphical and not text interface that presents itself.
Thanks in advance for assistance. TudeCat
/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.67823: line 24: rm: command not found
This entry was in my install log for LM 10. It occured before coreutils was installed so that part you can ignore. When I upgraded to LM 10 Communitiy, I had to download a newer driver from the NVidia web site. My card is a GForceFX card, and I don't have a multiprocessor machine. Also, it may be due to moving up to a 2.6 kernel.
Changing your video driver to 'vesa' temporarily may get you started until you get things fixed.
You might want to change to run level 3 first so you aren't trying to startup in X windows when you boot. You can do this by running bootdrake in the console and unselecting the option to boot into xwindows, or by changing the 18th line of the /etc/inittab file:
Your best bet may be to A) install the kernel headers for the kernel you are running
B) downloading and installing a newer nvidia installation program ( NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run I believe is the latest. )