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Old 10-17-2006, 01:25 AM   #1
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Unhappy Suse and 64 bit Pentium D problems


Hello All,

I obtained a copy of Suse 10.0 a couple of months ago and added it to one of my xp pro machines just to get a feel for it. No problems...installation was a breeze (by far the most painless installation that I have had thus far with linux).

Well if I'm posting here, you know that's not the end of this story

I bought a new machine. Specifically a Dell XPS 600 with Dual Core Pentium D processors.

So I obtained a copy of the 64-bit distro of Suse and commenced the install. All appeared to well and good so far as I could tell (well, it wouldn't pick up my Motorola WPC1810G Wireless card, but thats another post.) Anyway, I finished the install and restarted. When I get to the login screen, my graphics are way screwed up..tot he point that I can't even see what I'm doing.

My graphics card is a nVidia 6800.

Any idea's on how to resolve this are greatly appreciated.

Please keep in mind that I'm the definition of linux-noob.

Thanks for looking.
 
Old 10-17-2006, 01:33 AM   #2
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Hi -

I'd definitely consider:
a) Writing down the specs for your NVidia card
b) Downloading and installing the "best fit" directly from NVidia's support site:

http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

Good luck .. PSM
 
Old 10-17-2006, 01:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response.
Unfortunately, I can't get to the internet under linux, because the os will not pick up my wireless card. I'm having to bounce back and forth from windows to even read/post messages.

I'm a total noob, so I've read that I can go into failsafe mode and get to a command terminal, but after I'm there I'm not sure what to run or where to look to get the specs for the graphics card.

Any idea's ?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 10-17-2006, 10:40 PM   #4
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Hi -

Under the circumstances, I'd suggest that you really need both network connectivity and at least a minimal GUI to make much progress.

So, if only temporarily:

1. As "root", run "sax -r -a". This will reset X windows. At least temporarily, take whatever it gives you: at least you'll have a GUI while you "make things better".

2. Buy a "vanilla", $10.00 NIC (a Linksys, DLink or Hawking will do just fine), a 6-10 ft RJ45 cable, and connect the PC directly to your LAN (if you have WiFi, you probably have a WiFi router with a few extra plugs).

3. You into "Yast, Network Devices". It should auto-detect and auto-configure.

And voila - you'll have Internet. Long enough to download what you need and get things squared away, at least!

'Hope that helps .. PSM
 
Old 10-18-2006, 03:15 PM   #5
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Thanks again for the Response.

After some frustration, I came to the same conclusion last night...I changed some settings in the install applet and finally got a decent gui.

I also disabled my WiFi connection and connected to my router directly. So I have the internet. I fired up YOU and updated all the packages necessary. I did receive a couple or errors, particularly installing ms core fonts and what I need most I think, The nVidia GeForce Driver. I checked after a couple of failures and the nvidia server was down, so i gave up for the night. I checked again this morning and it was up and running, so I hope I can at least get them installed. The setup I have now is alright, but my mouse cursor is totally invisible. The mouse works fine, movement, right-double clicking is ok, just no visible cursor. I'm hoping that the nVidia driver will resolve this. Can this be the problem, or is something else going on to make the cursor invisible?

Anyway, I'm not home for a couple more hours, so I'll let you u guys know how it's going.

Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

James
 
Old 10-18-2006, 11:01 PM   #6
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Ok, I've been trying to download the nVidia driver from download.nvidia.com for two days now, but the server has been down i suppose. Does anyone have any idea where else I might acquire the latest nVidia driver?

As always, thanks in advance :-)
 
  


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