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Old 03-06-2002, 06:17 PM   #1
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Tuxracer, not very racy


I've been trying to get Tuxracer working for a few months now. Having finally upgraded from my TNT2 to a GeForce2 MX (no lectures on that please) I ran Tuxracer, expecting the fluid motions of penguins on ice I was promised by another happy linux newbie. Unfortunately, my version of Tux Racer seems to be running at 1 or 2 fps. Arrrrgghh!!!!

I'm running Mandrake 8.0
Graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce2 DDR (generic)
Graphic memory: 32768 kB
XFree86 server: SVGA
XFree86 driver: nv
I've only got XFree86 4.0.3, where can I get RPMs for 4.2?

Any help appreciated
 
Old 03-06-2002, 06:46 PM   #2
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the rpm's for 4.2 should be at www.xfree86.org - also, nvidia releases it's own drivers for it's cards. i don't think the hardware acceleration works very well with the driver that comes with X. you can download the drivers at nvidia's site.

...actually... i'm kinda surprised the nv driver worked at all. weird.


...why would we lecture you for upgrading from tnt to geforce?

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Old 03-06-2002, 06:57 PM   #3
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It's just my friend went "boo, hiss" when I mentioned MX.

Sorry, very techno-blonde (expresion I'm breaking in) but where on the FTP server can I download it and which RPMs do I need to satisfy dependencies?

Thanks
 
Old 03-06-2002, 07:02 PM   #4
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just checked readme on server, no RPMs, only tarballs. got a URL for RPMs?
 
Old 03-06-2002, 07:19 PM   #5
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hmmm.... X is a really big package. i don't think a single rpm is going to install it...

you don't really need the latest version of X tho... you can download nvidia drivers from
http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=linux
that will work with any X version after 4.0.1 - so you should be fine if you have 4.0.3. The drivers should get the hardware accleration working.
 
Old 03-06-2002, 07:33 PM   #6
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Ok, I've installed the RPMs, now what. I haven't changed any other settings, but now TR doesn't run at all
 
Old 03-06-2002, 07:54 PM   #7
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Just out of curiosty (I know it killed the cat but heh!)

Have you installed the drivers from nvidia to get accelerated perfromance from your lovely GeForce? I think you haven't cus you have nv as your driver - not nvidia.

It may surprise you but I have exactly the same config as you - MDK8.0, GeForce2 MX, same X version as well, and tux racer is running really smoothly. So it is possible.

www.nvidia.com

If you need anyhelp installing them then give us a shout.
 
Old 03-06-2002, 08:02 PM   #8
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My problem is that I had Tux Racer running at around 1 fps, but I could get GLTron to run at around 20FPS by turning of all detail and having only polygons. I've downloaded the Nvidia RPMs (The kernel one and the other, mandrake specific one) I installed, rebooted and now TR won't run. This is what my config is now:

Keyboard layout: gb
Mouse type: IMPS/2
Monitor: Generic|Generic Monitor that can do 1280x1024 @ 60 Hz
Graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce2 DDR (generic)
Graphic memory: 32768 kB
XFree86 server: SVGA
XFree86 driver: nv

Is this what it sould say? Should I change the graphics card driver? HELP!
 
Old 03-06-2002, 08:31 PM   #9
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after you install the glx and kernel drivers for nvidia, change 'nv' in you XF86Config-4 file to 'nvidia' and also add Load "glx" to the module section. all this is in the nvidia documetation in pdf form here or text here . RTFM.
 
Old 03-06-2002, 08:51 PM   #10
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Also - you have problems with the RPM's I suggest you use the tar.gz files instead.

burzmali is right - you need to change to the nvidia driver and load GLX. A read of the nvida docs wouldn't go a miss.
 
Old 03-07-2002, 03:26 AM   #11
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It asks me to edit a config file in /etc/x11/, but appparently that directory doesn't exist!?!?!?
 
Old 03-07-2002, 08:08 AM   #12
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sorry, it was there in /etc/X11, oops. But I made the changes to the file, but then X wouldn't start, claiming that there were no screens. HELP!?!
 
Old 03-07-2002, 09:17 AM   #13
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I thought this may happen - as always does when I have installed MDK8.

Follow this guide:-

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...&threadid=2978

It should help you out enought to get going. Check your config file thoroughly, sometimes you could have typed something wrong and not realised it.

Under the screen section check you have matched up a device with it. (i.e in my file I have used: NVIDIA GeForce2 DDR (generic) as the identifier).

What you need to do is when the comp boots up change screens by pressing:

Ctrl-Alt-F1

altogether.

You will need to become familiar with a text editor (either emacs or vi) to change the config file. You can easily change the config file and try to to start up X again by saving the file and typing:

startx

If X still fails you can quit it by pressing:

Ctrl-C

together.
 
Old 03-07-2002, 01:48 PM   #14
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Still not working. Do you think that using the tar files instead of RPM will work better?
 
Old 03-07-2002, 02:53 PM   #15
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I would - I didn't use the RPM's at all.

If you can follow through the thread I linked to, using the rpms. You may want to follow through nvidia's own guide (which I used).

Are you able to use the command line well?
 
  


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