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Ok, so in a previous post I had a problem getting past a point in Linux's boot-up. It would hang at "Looking for module dependencies". After some searching on the internet, I found out that was probably caused by some incompatible hardware. It ended up being my SB Extigy. Once I unplugged it, the boot up would no longer freeze at that spot. But now I have run into another problem:
After the booting screen completes, the screen just goes blank. There is no HD activity...just nothing. The monitor doesn't say "No Sync" either, so I don't know what's going on.
I am using a GeForce4 Ti4200, and I have this set up as a dual boot with Windows XP Pro (which runs fine).
the GEFORCE video cards require a patched version of linux and special drivers that can be downloaded from vendor. There is a howto avialble on the net. Search google for "linux nvidia howto" and that should give some ideas.
I have not done this myself, but noticed some documenation that comes with Mandrake that talks about it.
You read my mind. I was just about to post regarding that.
So I reinstalled, and got to summary screen. I then went into the configuration menu for the video card. Every time I run the Test , I get the same problem I had when I tried to boot up Linux before, the blank screen. I've tried numerous different settings and nothing seems to work.
Is there any way to just use a low-res mode just so I can get into linux and install the nvidia drivers?
If your trying to install MDK9.1 you can't test the graphics it's a known bug. When setting up the graphics go to options and set it to not starting graphics. Just curious when fully booted up did you by any chance try hitting atl-ctl-f1 to try to get to a console?
Ok, so I chose not for the XFree to boot up during install. When I restarted, I chose Linux and it booted up fine to a command prompt. Now the question, what do I do now? Firstly, how do I fix the problem? Secondly, how do I boot the graphical desktop?
there are Nivia kernel for mandrake 9.1 in the textar webpage, once i download the niviakernel, because The Geforce cards are still a little not compatible whit linux distros, so you have to select the standard graphics mode I think is the VGA and low level color 16 bits it would look horrible in the X interface but, then you would have to go to textar and get nivia drivers for the kernel. but it mandrake doesn,t recognize any graphical interface for your box login in a console instead of graphical, became root, and then put this :
Ok go out to the NVIDIA web site and dl the driver file NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run. Then log into root navigate to the file and type in sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run and follow the on screen instruction. I once tried the instruction that little_ball suggested but I ended up reloading my system. Since then I've always did the sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run way. Just make shure that the kernel source is installed to match your running kernel. This even work's with MDK9.2 where as the loading the kernel way dosn't.