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Old 01-10-2007, 05:12 PM   #1
screphoe
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nvidia 7950 gx2 card not installing properly on suse 10.2


I am very new to linux, my grahics options says it is using framebuffer and cannot change any resolution settings etc.
I am using Suse 10.2.
On the suse webpage it told me how to install the driver using Yast online update.
(not knowing what i was doing i finally figured out how to do this)
Selected the x11-video-nvidia and nvidia-gfx-kmp-default, as what my Kernel 'flavour' required. it all went smoothly and installed so i went back to my xwindow enironment and nothing changed, still "using framebuffer and cannot change any resolution settings etc." Even after a reboot.
It said it all installed correctly, what havent i done?


Processor: AMD Athlon 64 FX-62
Ram: 2gb
harddrives: 2x 300gb maxtor
Graphics Card: Nvidia geforce 7950 GX2 1024mb
Motherboard: Asus M2N32-SLI DELUXE Motherboard
Sound Card: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2012w
 
Old 01-10-2007, 05:37 PM   #2
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From the Control Center, go to YaST - Hardware - Graphics card and monitor, and try to set it up there. You can also fo to the system menu - Configuration - Sax2 to configure graphics (assuming the menus are the same as they were in SuSE 9.3. You may have to hunt).
 
Old 01-10-2007, 08:19 PM   #3
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YaST and Sax2 go to the same configuration panel (Sax2 x11 configuration) which says the card is 'VESA frame buffer graphics' with no option to change it, just an options button that takes you to a window to change the rotation of the screen and 'shadowfb' and 'fbdev' (I don't know what those last two are but they ask for a value I dont know).

There is a program that appeared in system>configuration called 'nvidia x server settings' but this program only changes things like: 'Enable Tooltips', 'Show "Really Quit?" dialogue' and 'Display status bar'.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 03:03 PM   #4
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Angry still no luck

I've actually had to re-install linux 3 times for messing with system files, all guides give different install methods. the 'easy way' through yast there is no yast->software->'install and delete software'. well i manage the first time then dissapeared(see previous) i've run in circles from easy to hard ways through several websites,(opensuse.org, nvidia.com). what the fuck is going on?
 
Old 01-25-2007, 04:37 PM   #5
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i would suggest that you download this file from nvidia
http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree8...-9746-pkg1.run
and then install source packages for your kernel via yast then swich to runlevel 3 (xserver must be down for this procedure to work)
just open a terminal window in x and type
Code:
init 3
than go to the dir you downloaded this file chmod it so its executable and run it (like said on nvidia guide for suse 10.2 but without -q at the end )
just type
Code:
NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9746-pkg1.run
it shoud popup with some kind of text menu where it would ask some questions and give you option to compile your own driver version if your kernel is different than expected by the binary driver

if you confirm that it shoud compile your own drivers or at least throw some error out

in my case installing drivers via yast gave no results but this method did

when drivers compile and the nvidia wizard ends try to follow the procedure on nvidia site just type
Code:
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
when sax setup is done type
Code:
startx
it should run xwindows with nvidia drivers if something goes wrong examine logs, but i think this should work

worked with my 7900 card

you could also beta drivers for linux maybe those new drivers can fix your problem (install procedure for betas is same as this that i described)

Last edited by porzech; 01-25-2007 at 04:43 PM.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 05:21 PM   #6
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LISTEN TO PORZECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had the same problem because i choose to do it through yast! BAD IDEA
Download the driver from nvidia.com
and run the commands porzech provides.
it will work. me promise
But write them down cuz init 3 will kill your pretty kde gui
 
Old 01-25-2007, 08:37 PM   #7
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Thumbs down It fucked up again!!!

Well, thats thats the 4th time I've lost xwindows. back to fucking around in console.

error message:
using config file: /etc/x11/xorg.config
(ww) nvidia: no matching device section for instance (busID pci:4:0:0) found
nvidia could not open device file /dev/nvidia1 I/O error


I followed it to a tee, every time. Why do have to write "telinit 3" instead of just "init 3", and "telinit 5" instead of "startx"?

Anyway, got the right driver from nvidia, ran the program,
all went sweet... said it would be all cool to just go back to xwindows, error. fucken liar. so i typed 'sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia' did it's thing then finished, said it was good to go, error. damn liar again. restart. error.

Okay I know I'm new to this and should be expecting a bit of difficulty. But this is ridiculous.

If I didn't also have Windows installed, I would be in deep shit.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 11:25 PM   #8
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iv searched somewhat and found nvidia linux support forum
you might try to ask there, but they will require you to post specific logfiles in order to identify your problem
/var/log/nvdia-installer.log
and output log from this command
first go to runlevel 3 (init 3)
then try starting x with startx -- -logverbose 6
then run
nvidia-bug-report.sh

direct link to nvidia forum post with instructions
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=46678
hope tis might be of some help to you
 
Old 01-26-2007, 02:54 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by screphoe
Okay I know I'm new to this and should be expecting a bit of difficulty. But this is ridiculous.
did you even read porzech first post?
thats all the help you need.
i had the same issue
 
  


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