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Old 12-03-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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How can i load the vesa driver at bootup in Grub? Or, help w/ video card.


I completed the driver download for my Geforce Nvidia card in Kanotix, but the xserver would not boot up into graphical mode.
I have changed the xorg.conf file to what it is supposed to be and had no problem installing the driver.
What i am looking for is a way to type something in at boot, or equivalent, that will force the vesa driver, so that in turn, i may experiment until I find out what is wrong.
If, on the other hand, there is a proccess somebody can walk me through that will install and set up the driver correctly, then that would also be nice.
I am triple booting with windows and Mepis, and the driver install went fine in mepis after installing xorg-dev. Thank you for any help recieved.
 
Old 12-03-2006, 09:04 PM   #2
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NVidia supply an installer for linux - did you use that?
There is also an "install-nvidia-debian.sh" script for kanotix.

Possibly like this:
Code:
As root in a textconsole [ALT-CTRL-F1]

# make-kernel-links
# echo xserver-xorg install|dpkg --set-selections
# init 3
# apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
# wget -Nc -O/usr/local/bin/install-nvidia-debian.sh http://kanotix.com/files/install-nvidia-debian.sh
# chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/install-nvidia-debian.sh
# install-nvidia-debian.sh
# init 5
... I think ...

To force the vesa driver, I think you just type "vesa" at the boot: prompt

Of course, whenever you edit a default (working) configuration file, you should always create a backup, in this case: "cp xorg.conf xorg.conf.old", before editing.

This way, should anything go wrong, all you gotta do is "cp xorg.conf.old xorg.conf" and you have a working x display again

Last edited by Simon Bridge; 12-03-2006 at 09:09 PM.
 
Old 12-03-2006, 09:15 PM   #3
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I did use the installer, but knew nothing about the script. I'll try that now as well and let you know.
 
Old 12-03-2006, 10:34 PM   #4
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Ok. I followed the script directions and believe they worked well, . . except; when I finished and went to init 5 the flash screen for nvidia came up for about 1 second (this was good!) and then reverted back to terminal ( this wasn't).
The message said:
starting k display manager (kdm). Not starting x display manager (xdm); it is not the default display manager.

I then rebooted. Got the same message. I then logged in as root and typed startx and here is the message I got:

Fatal server error. Could not open default font 'fixed'. x10 fatal io error 104 (connection reset by peer) on xserver :0.0 after 0 requests(o known processed) with 0 events remaining.



I am/was using KDE and KDM . . . . I am, at this point lost, but very good at following directions.
 
Old 12-03-2006, 11:54 PM   #5
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Problem solved i used This Guide http://tinyplanet.ca/~lsorense/debia...-dri-howto.txt Worked reallz well = Thank zou for zour help. i was lost without it.
 
Old 12-04-2006, 12:11 AM   #6
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Yeah - I sent someone else with nvidia issues to the debian howto. I wasn't sure if it would work for kanotix - apparently it did - well done.
 
  


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