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Old 07-28-2003, 11:15 AM   #1
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Exclamation Nvidia drivers & RedHat 9


Hello all. Im a newbie here. I am having some trouble getting the nvidia drivers installed on my system. I searched the forum and followed nvidia's install instructions, but everytime i install the drivers and it tries to load x i get a blank screen and nothing happens after that.

I used the version 1.0-4363 of the nvidia drivers. I also edited my XF86Config file per nvidia's instructions. But when i reboot and it tries to load x, it just sits there with a black screen and no cursor.



Here is my system specs:

Asus A7N8X Deluxe
Athlon XP 2400+
1gb DDR400 Ram
WD 80GB HDD
Sony DVD Burner
TDK CD Burner


Thanks for the help!
 
Old 07-28-2003, 11:27 AM   #2
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type modprobe nvidia before you type startx at terminal, and if that works,then post back and tell us and we'll show you how to avoid typing this for it to work, and also see to make sure that vga assigned irq in the bios is enabled, and PnP aware OS in the bios is disabled...also, if that all doesn't work, you can try added this option below where you added Driver "nvidia" in your xf86config file:
Option "NvAgp" "1"
post back with results, also plz do tell the errors you see in your /var/log/xfree86.0.log file if any.
 
Old 07-28-2003, 11:38 AM   #3
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type modprobe nvidia before you type startx at terminal, and if that works,then post back and tell us and we'll show you how to avoid typing this for it to work, and also see to make sure that vga assigned irq in the bios is enabled, and PnP aware OS in the bios is disabled...also, if that all doesn't work, you can try added this option below where you added Driver "nvidia" in your xf86config file:
Option "NvAgp" "1"
post back with results, also plz do tell the errors you see in your /var/log/xfree86.0.log file if any.
Thanks! Ill try that out when i get home tonight and post the results.
 
Old 07-28-2003, 10:37 PM   #4
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Ok here is the error message(s) in my xfree86.0.log file.


(EE) Failed to load module "nvidia" (module does not exist,0)

and a couple lines down from that is this...

(EE) No drivers avalible

Fatal server error:
No screens found.

I tried the modprobe nvidia before i typed startx but i still only had the black screen. I also tried to add the line Option "NvAgp" "1"
Right below where i changed the driver from "nv" to "nvidia"


any thoughts?? im getting really frustrated with this thing

also i dont have the option in my bios to turn on/off plug and play OS or to assign the irq to the video card. From the way it looks like my computer is booting up the BIOS is assiging all the IRQ's so i dont think that is an issue.

Last edited by wax; 07-28-2003 at 10:39 PM.
 
Old 07-28-2003, 10:51 PM   #5
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well ok hehe....lets see where to start here
do you have your kernel source isntalled, if so (by the way you need to have this installed or its not going to work)
try running the installer file appending
--kernel-include-path=/usr/src/linux-x.x
umm what else...if that still don't work, then i would like you to post the nvidia installer log located in the /var/log folder...
now if there are errors in that file also, look and see if the nvidia.o file is in /lib/modules/x.x.x/kernel/drivers/video , and if so , xfree86 looks here : /lib/modules/2.4.21/kernel/drivers/char for that module so you can make a symlink to that location and then run the installer yet again with the -e option and point to the symlink, oh and before all this, make sure that you have the nvidia alias in the /etc/modules.conf..
so go play around with these things i mentioned, and if that still dont' work, then get back with more errors and we'll see what we can do
 
Old 07-28-2003, 10:54 PM   #6
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well ok hehe....lets see where to start here
do you have your kernel source isntalled, if so (by the way you need to have this installed or its not going to work)
try running the installer file appending
--kernel-include-path=/usr/src/linux-x.x


I have no idea what your talking about there man.....
Kernel source?

Last edited by wax; 07-28-2003 at 10:56 PM.
 
Old 07-28-2003, 10:59 PM   #7
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well since your using redhat, go to the terminal and type
rpm -qa|grep -i kernel
and post back your output and i'll tell ya
 
Old 07-28-2003, 11:04 PM   #8
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well since your using redhat, go to the terminal and type
rpm -qa|grep -i kernel
and post back your output and i'll tell ya
holy crap!! i left my pc at the black screen and about 12 minutes later there is my gnome desktop... i fire up tux racer to test the opengl and it runs smooth.... well now that i know it loads x (it just takes over 10 minutes) what do i need to do to fix that?

btw..
i brought up a terminal and typed rpm -qa|grep -i kernel, here is the results...

kernel-pcmcia-cs-3.1.31-13
kernel-2.4.20-8
 
Old 07-28-2003, 11:11 PM   #9
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this is an easy fix, and this is all you have to do....and just to note is weird that they installed properly without the source, but thats irrelevent now, because all thats happening is that its getting held up probing your video card so in the /etc/X11/XF86Config file where you added Driver "nvidia" right below that add teh line:
Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP,TV"
 
Old 07-28-2003, 11:23 PM   #10
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this is an easy fix, and this is all you have to do....and just to note is weird that they installed properly without the source, but thats irrelevent now, because all thats happening is that its getting held up probing your video card so in the /etc/X11/XF86Config file where you added Driver "nvidia" right below that add teh line:
Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP,TV"
genius man!! it came right up like a champ! now i just have to get some games running and ill be set
 
Old 07-28-2003, 11:24 PM   #11
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hehe glad your all settle
http://www.icculus.org/lgfaq/gamelist.php
theres something to get ya started
 
Old 07-28-2003, 11:32 PM   #12
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hehe glad your all settle
http://www.icculus.org/lgfaq/gamelist.php
theres something to get ya started
thanks again

Im trying to get QIII running right now.. i can get it to load up if i put the switch +set s_initsound 0 (disables the sound) and it works.. im not sure what is going on. I can play mp3's and stuff... I guess ill have to go look for new audio drivers as well..

 
Old 07-28-2003, 11:35 PM   #13
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well good luck with your future experiences, and come back when help is needed
 
Old 08-23-2003, 01:23 PM   #14
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Question Similar Problem

I am having a very similar problem, actually I have an extra. I have the Asus A7N8X Deluxe. Same board but with 2 RJ45 connectors. so, my first question is how do I get X working with my Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 card and next, how do I find the right "module" for my networking card, any of the 2. I currently am tring to get Redhat 9 installed, but I also have Libranet 2.7 and Mandrake 8.2, they all have a similar problem with the network card
Thanks

If you need more information please specify
 
Old 08-23-2003, 02:04 PM   #15
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well i recommend you make a new post when your asking a question dealing with your specific problem....you will get less help by adding your problem to someones existing thread, rather than making your own new thread....
anyways, your going to have to go to www.nvidia.com and get the drivers, and either read the readme file, or go to the newbie fourm and check out the sticky thread there with the step by step that MasterC has put there...
as for your network cards, we can't really tell you what to do to get them working if you don't tell us what they are...
 
  


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