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I did it again! Last year I downloaded the nvidia program to build my own driver and it worked fine. Last week I installed a new monitor and it would only come up in text mode (init 3). After several hours of messing around with it I reloaded the OS (Mandriva 2006). I downloaded the latest nvidia program, installed the kernel source code and built a new nvidia 3D driver. When I typed 'init 5' nothing happened. Rebooting brought me up in text mode again. I removed the nvidia driver and downloaded the old version and tried building a driver with it, same problem. I have 'nvidia' in the modprobe.preload and xorg.conf files, also Load = dri & GLCore are not in the xorg.conf file, but glx is there. My new monitor is also listed in the conf files. This all worked for a year until I reloaded the OS. Anybody have and idea of how to get the driver to work? Stephen
The question is if it's nvidia driver of the monitor settings (which are closely connected, but different things). Please use your current nvidia driver, then (after failed reboot, in text mode) look into /etc/Xorg.0.log, search for errors. If you don't understand them fully, please post the lines you think may be important. Or, if the file is not too long, just post the whole file.
That was the first thing I checked, it was spelled correct. I re-installed Mandriva and made sure I told the install to put the monitor info in the conf file. This time when I looked at my xorg.conf all the data that Serafean told me to put in was there. I tried selecting a generic monitor and that didn't help either. At least the re-install got rid of the misspelling problem. I have everything re-installed and still have the same problem.
I replaced all the Virtual "xxxx" with Mode "xxxx" in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf. It looks like this is the closest I've come to getting Nvidia to work. Now I can get the Nvidia splashscreen then it goes black and I come up in text mode. I also noticed that the /etc/X11/xorg.conf had 4 SubSections with a Virtual level and a depth level in each before I changed the virtual to mode. After I changed it there was only 1 SubSection and no depth. After changing the Mode back to Virtual the nvidia back to nv it would not come up in graphic mode. I had to replace the xorg.conf file with an old backup copy to get back into graphic mode. But I think we're on the right track.
nice to hear that u r close to success. Iam listing my xorg.conf . Hope this may help further. Observe the Modes .. line at end clearly.
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder3) Mon May 15 13:23:42 PDT 2006
# File generated by XFdrake.
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "glx" # 3D layer
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
# allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
It's very small range, so it couldn't find proper modes inside. The correct values depend on the monitor, they're different for LCD and CRT. It looks you have CRT. In such case, you should have much broader ranges. For example, I have
You should be able to find the corrct values in your monitor's manual. If you can't find them (or the manual, but modes are googlable with monitor model), you can just guess, with monitor produced no more than 5 years ago it shouldn't result in problems.
I'd like to thank you all for trying to help me with my nvidia problem. I would also like to let you all, and any one else that has this problem, know what to do. By accident when I removed the kernal-source file it said that it would remove the dkms file also. I checked and found that there are several dkms files and in order to build a nvidia driver module you have to have the dkms-nvidia file. By default the basic dkms is installed with the kernal-source file. This causes an error in the nvidia driver and it will not work. If you load the dkmw-nvidia file the urpmi program asks you which kernal-source file you what. Select the right source file and install. Problem solved.