Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I have an nvidia card 9800gtx, Mandriva 2009 32bit. Everything works fine, the driver is installed, the card is recognized properly. Compiz works, and all seems to be fine, but every now and then the screen will just freak out, show like a grid over it, but the machine is still working. I can still access the machine over the network, and if I drop to a shell I can see what I type behind it, its just all screwed up. It isn't a heat issue with the card. The machine seems to be fine, I can leave it run all night, it seems to act up usually when playing flash video, but has done it just out of the blue before. Would you think that this is a bad card, or some driver issue?
If it's a CRT monitor you may lower your horizontal frequency and see if that helps. If it's a LCD and you are using digital input then I'd suspect the card has issues. Drivers normally cause the issues all the time and don't act up under different conditions like flash player.
If it happens in X and you do ctl+alt+backspace then the issue should go away if it's driver related or monitor related of course that's only going to last a minute if you are running in graphics mode or init 5 then it will restart X again.
Try starting the machine from power off, then go to console and type init 3 then startx and if it acts up try the ctl+alt+backspace and see if it clears up and drops you to a shell. You should not even have to type reset to clear the terminal it should be clean if it's driver or monitor settings issue.
If so, try different live CDs, if you have Window$ try that, if it still happen then it might be the card itself, or sometimes PSU or mobo. Are these new ? how old are they ?
I am relatively confident that it is not a hardware issue. Card and power supply are a week old, 850 watts. Mobo is maybe a month old. Cannot seem to reproduce the error using ubuntu or suse. I'm running gkrellm and the temperatures are fine.
I disabled compiz when I woke up today, and I am going to run it and see what happens.
EDIT: Didn't take long to see that the problem is the same with no desktop effects. I have an old 80gb hard drive laying around I am going to toss in here and dual boot windoze and see if anything happens there.
Yes after much research it is just a linux driver issue. No problems in windows, and after reading errors like this have been fairly common in linux with certain nvidia cards. So I spent my money for nothing