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gdogg2k 03-10-2004 05:33 AM

Nvidia Ready Distro
 
hi, i'm looking for a Nvidia ready linux Distro. I have a Nvidia Geforce4 MX gfx card. I have mandrake installed from DVD but when eva i start my PC and it starts the X server my PC just locks on a black screen with blue lines at the bottom and i have to hit reset. i've tried adding various lines to my XF86Config-4 but only way i can boot is to change to nv driver but with no hardware accel. 3d which is a pain when running Maya 5.0 and games. I've tried Xandros whic works with my Card real well i get a high frame rate but i cannot get my speedtouch 330 (rev 4) card working with and more importantly Maya doesnt run on it. Again tried Suse but only way it will install is if i disable my usb in the Bios else the installer hangs. Fedora core1 and 2 are not Nvidia ready and no matter what i try i cannot get my speedtouch working....n e further ideas?


thanks

jax8 03-10-2004 05:38 AM

You can download the drivers from NVIDIAS site and install on any distribution
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gdogg2k 03-10-2004 05:45 AM

well apparently not for mdk 9.2 :) which still locks up i've got matching nv kernel and modules its all installed correctly and still freezes. main thing is a i need a distro that :
a)does the nvidia thing with ease.
b)works with speedtouch 330 (rev 4)
c)allows Maya 5.0 to be run

d1sc0rd 03-10-2004 05:53 AM

ok gdog2k try Slackware 9.1. I am running it on an nforce board with GF4MX on board. KDE works with the framebuffer driver but you can install the nvidia drivers afterward.

SML 03-10-2004 03:57 PM

I use Slack 9.1 with a Nvidia MX440 64b and it works perfectly. The card is recognised and it uses the "Generic Nvidia nv" driver.

Not sure if this is the max performance though from this graphics card. For example, dragging a window around the screen quickly is not very smooth. I might try and install the Nvidia driver soon.

Technonotice 03-10-2004 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by SML
I use Slack 9.1 with a Nvidia MX440 64b and it works perfectly. The card is recognised and it uses the "Generic Nvidia nv" driver.

Not sure if this is the max performance though from this graphics card. For example, dragging a window around the screen quickly is not very smooth. I might try and install the Nvidia driver soon.

You'll love the real thing... you might be able to work with it then ;-)

And play Quake... :)

Mega Man X 03-10-2004 04:37 PM

Libranet 2.8 and above provides 3D acceleration right out the box. It's not free, but it's, in my humble opinion, the most complete and user friendly Debian based distributions there is.

However, it's deadly easy to install nvidia (don't even try the rpms... all rpms stinks) get the .run and follow this tutorial:

Quote:

Step 1) Download the following file:
http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/L...-5336-pkg1.run

Step 2) Extract the files from the downloaded archive:

This can be done from your file manager by right clicking on the archive and choosing Extract here

Step 3) Make a backup of your config file. Typing the following command:

cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.old

The backup will be called XF86Config-4.old

Step 4) Login as root but not into X:

This can be done by entering XFdrake from the run prompt on you application menu. Select optioins from within the configuration programme and answer no to the question 'would you like to automaticaly start X on next boot'

Step 5) Enter the directory where you extracted the Nvidia drivers and run the install program as root:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run

Step 6) Start configuration:

Type XFdrake. Choose your desired settings. Answer yes when asked about automatically starting X on next boot.

Step 7) Edit your config file:

Open the file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 in a text editor

Look for Driver "nv" and replace it with Driver "nvidia"

Step 8) Test your success:

Type startx and login as usual. You shouls see a splash screen with the Nvidia logo. If not then restart linux. Enjoy Tux Racer :)
tutorial extracted from: http://www.start-linux.com/articles/article_185.php. I took the liberty of changing the steps 1 and 5 which were wrong (or perhaps dated)

Cheers!


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