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Old 12-30-2003, 03:04 PM   #1
silv3rhat
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Nvidia Driver Installation -GeforceFX/slack .90


Hello,

I'm a newbie to linux, and need a point in the right direction.

I have slackware 9.0 installed, but I cannot start x, and Im guessing it's because there's an error with the nvidia driver (or lackthereof) since I have not installed it.

My question is how do i got about doing so? The linux partition is not yet connected to the internet, and the only GFX driver I have found is on the nvidia website (7.6 or so MB) which I would burn, making this easy, but since I do not have a burner at the moment... the CD that came with the card doesn't have anything.

I'm having enough problems as it is just getting connected to the internet as well. My ISP (in all of it's wisdom) doesn't feel it necessary to explain how to install DSL modem drivers for linux, so it's been a lot of trial and error on my part, combined with the fact that the command line gets very boring, very fast.

There are two ways that I've come up with fixing this. I need to know which would be best.
a. Installing the modem driver, accessing Nvidia.com and dloading the driver, and then go from there (note, this would all have to be done via command line, which I would not be looking forward to, since navigating through a website is relatively easier...)

b. physically uninstalling the graphics card, so X runs off the system, and then doing all the above via Mozilla or what not.

b looks easier, but if it can be done via a, that would be interesting, and I'd try.

also too, if anyone could help me with HOW to actually install the driver, that'd be great! I've look through /usr/doc but can't seem to find the info.

I've been told I should just use another distro that more than likely has the driver, or a variant of (i.e. Mandrake, RedHat, the like) but I've had some problems, oddly enough, JUST INSTALLING them, while zero problems with Slack installation. So I'd prefer to stick with this at the moment.

Specs: 2.4 P4 800fsb
512 MB pc3200
80gig IDE HDD
Geforce FX 5200
DSL Connection
Slack9.0/WinXP

ANY AND ALL HELP/CRITICISM/ADVICE would be GREATLY APPRECIATED

-silv3hat
 
Old 12-30-2003, 03:27 PM   #2
aaa
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Why don't you use the 'vesa' or 'nv' driver that comes with X until you can get the nvidia one. Use 'xf86config' to configure or edit /etc/X11/XF86Config manually.
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The linux partition is not yet connected to the internet
So there's another os? Why can't Linux copy from the other partition (no need for burning)?
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My ISP (in all of it's wisdom) doesn't feel it necessary to explain how to install DSL modem drivers for linux
Well they probably didn't make it. Ask the manufacturer. Since they often don't feel it neccessary either, google/linux your modem for more info. It seems that have this driver already. Can you post it's name (driver and modem) and where you got it from?
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note, this would all have to be done via command line, which I would not be looking forward to, since navigating through a website is relatively easier...)
Well lynx (text web browser) isn't too hard. Anyway, you can use the vesa/nv driver to start x till you get the drivers.
 
Old 12-30-2003, 04:32 PM   #3
silv3rhat
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I think 'newbie' is an understatement.

This is all really new to me, though googling for stuff isn't. Should've thought of it first, but I was a little frustrated earlier.

Thanks.

Found the driver for me modem.

Anymore q's I come up with, ill post back later.
 
Old 12-31-2003, 10:46 AM   #4
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ok then you can type XFree86 -configure it will configure your X and put a config file .XFree86Config-4 in root directory (btw you must be logged in as root of course) hmm then you can try starting X with this config hmm it was like XFree86 -f <path to your config file> or something similiar chech XFree86 --help
 
  


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