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please note, it's early Saturday here where i am, so i won't be available for some periods throughout the rest of the day. (prior commitments) if you don't see me posting back, it's not because i'm ignoring you, it's because i'm busy with other things. please be patient & i promise i will get back to you as soon as i can.
unfortunately, you're going to have to use the old paper & pencil method to post the info. you could try "print screen". never tried that, but it might work. worth a try, at least. if you do have to write things down, make sure you do it accurately. one typo can make a huge difference.
another option is, use the vim editing method to edit your XF86Config-4 file & change the nvidia line back to nv. that should use the generic drivers & get you to a GUI in MDK so you can copy & paste, or at least print from a text editor.
I messed this up big time.
I think that I deleted the XFConfig-4 file that I was supposed to be editing as when I tried to log back in again and view the file to post the contents here, I couldn't get the file to show and got an error message about 'command or file not found'.
I had to uninstall everything and start again.
I downloaded another package - a more up to date driver package released by nvidia on the 30th June. I installed this package as per the info previously. The install went without a hitch.
I didn't touch the XFConfig-4 file.
When I logged back in normally, I got an NVIDIA splash screen - and then the KDE splash screen, then the desktop. Hooray!
Anyway, I still think that the XFConfig file might need editing as I didn't do anything to it previously.
Here's the file, see what you make of it:
# File generated by XFdrake.
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "glx" # 3D layer
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
Option "XkbOptions" ""
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
VendorName "Plug'n Play"
ModelName "Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 73 (N9705)"
# Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?
# 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync
ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -vsync
# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630
# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce3 (generic)"
Virtual 1024 768
Virtual 1024 768
Virtual 1024 768
Virtual 1024 768
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Any suggestions/help most appreciated.
glad to hear you got things working. here's a few other tidbits of info, should you want/need them.
if you find you're experiencing random freezes or crashes, try editing your "device" section of the XF86Config-4 file using the "NvAGP" "number" options i list at the end of my install instructions. you can also disable the splash screen there too, should that annoy you. here's what mine looks like, for reference.
(NOTE: the words in red are just notes & should not be in there should you edit yours.)
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
Option "NvAGP" "3" this is where you can use the 0,1,2,3 options
Option "NoLogo" "1" this disables the Nvidia splash screen
also, if you want to test what kind of video acceleration you're getting, you can type the following as root in a terminal.........
here's mine, FWIW..........
[root@default otis]# glxgears
17848 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3569.600 FPS
20983 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4196.600 FPS
21049 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4209.800 FPS
21140 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4228.000 FPS
20942 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4188.400 FPS
21037 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4207.400 FPS
that's about what that card should be getting. i have the GEforce 4600ti. if you want to edit the XF86 file to try those options, you can do it in GUI. you just need to restart X after editing & saving the file. you can retstart X by using ctrl+alt+backspace keys. or, you could log out/log back in to the desktop. you do need to be root to edit the file, so you could do it in any terminal via the VI method in my instructions. or, if you're using KDE you can type konqueror (enter) in terminal as root & that will open Konqueror file manager in superuser (IE: root) mode from which you can edit/manipulate any file. you might want to play with options 1,2, & 3 to see if you can get more stable results with glxgears. your read out shouldn't have massive peaks & valleys like it does, but it will do no harm that way either, so don't panic.
What do the 0,1,2 & 3 options actually do?
I reconfigured the XF86 file to get rid of the splash screen (but only to shorten the time it takes to boot the system) and set the line:
Option "NvAGP" "3"
I re-ran glxgears and got far more stable results (no peaks and troughs) but overall performance seemed to have dropped off - consistently getting results in the 2400.000 FPS area.
Sorry to keep asking questions that you must have answered a thousand times before...
If any moderator want's to make this thread a sticky for otish1000c's nvidia tutorial in post #2, then please do so - I'm sure it would be of use to as many more newcomers as it was to me.
if you read through the monstrous FAQ/Read Me on the Nvidia drivers download site, you'll come across many different options you can use with the drivers. alot are very esoteric that will never need to use (nor do i even understand what they are). there's even instructions on how to use the nvidia installer to check for updated drivers, & there's also a command to run an nvidia control type panel from the command line. i think it's nvidia-settings (as root) but not quite sure at the moment. check 'em out if you get the chance.