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Old 02-28-2006, 03:04 AM   #1
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problems with a nvidia fx5200 video card


I have a nvidia fx5200 video card. I set it up during the install taking the generic fx card. But When it goes to test it it goes blank.

I was wondering if anyone has got this card to work yet and what setting did they use ? I believe their is a config file that you can edit to get the gui going, but I don't know what setting it will work on.

By the way I have two computers with the same card and it does the same thing. I am running Mandriva 2006.

I loaded Fedora 3 and it used the default fx driver fine but I don't want to run Fedora.

Any help an ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks Charlie
 
Old 02-28-2006, 04:56 AM   #2
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Have you read this
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...ll_for_newbies

and this
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=194100

and this
http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/L...DME/index.html


best bet is to download the drivers from nvidia and install them yourself

cheers
floppy

edit
here is a link to an older text file of the nvidia install
ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Li...676/README.txt
cheers

Last edited by floppywhopper; 02-28-2006 at 04:58 AM.
 
Old 02-28-2006, 05:10 AM   #3
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Im using a fx5200, i dont have the powerpack I just have the standard gree edition. I used the normal x drivers then downloaded and isntalled the official nvidia drivers. Everything works ok now.
 
Old 02-28-2006, 05:12 AM   #4
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Well,
The first link assumes you have a workable system and are upgrading the driver. It assumes you have Konqueror working etc. I don't.
I think my best bet would be to boot into windows xp and find the verticle and horizontal refresh rates for my monitor. I don't know where to look for those.
THen I need to find out how to boot up mandriva in command line. I believe nvidia has a script to run that installs the video driver in command line.
Or I guess I could edit the config file once I find out my monitor refresh rates.

But I need to know how to get mandriva started in command line. I could install fedora 3 and try and find the monitor refresh rates they use and then reinstall mandriva.
 
Old 02-28-2006, 05:19 AM   #5
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hmm i just have the downloaded 2006 version. I believe my problem is with the verticle and horizontal refresh rates,or it would be working like yours. I'll just have to dig to see if I can find out what those rates should be. I heard if you guess at it and your are way off you can damage your monitor.

ANyway, thanks for the reply
 
Old 02-28-2006, 09:27 AM   #6
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what type of monitor do you have is it a lcd, crt? What make and model is it?
 
Old 02-28-2006, 11:48 AM   #7
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my monitor is a cmv lcd. I just got my refresh rates are horizontal 28-82 khz
Verticle 50-76.

Now I need to figure out how to boot up in command mode and what files to edit.
 
Old 02-28-2006, 01:35 PM   #8
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if its a failrly recent lcd from the last 2 years or so runnign my lcd at 1280x1024 with h 63.9hz and v 59.8hz. The vert is supposed to be 60 but this is the highest I can get it at this resolution. It doesnt flicker or anything so im guessing that should be ok for you.

All I know is you need to edit the xorg config file. /etc/x11/xorg.conf

here the contents of my monitor bit

Section "Monitor"

# Monitor preferred modeline (59.9 Hz vsync, 64.0 kHz hsync, ratio 5/4)
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Plug'n Play"
ModelName "MD30917PN S14"
HorizSync 31.0 - 83.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 75.0
ModeLine "1280x1024" 108.0 1280 1328 1440 1688 1024 1025 1028 1068 +hsync +vsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.0 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630
ModeLine "768x576" 63.1 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616
EndSection

Michael
 
Old 02-28-2006, 04:08 PM   #9
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to boot into the command line, hit esc at lilo and type "linux init 3"
edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf, it will have a part in it like the one Michael aust posted. (use vi or something similar.)

I to have a 5200fx and I remember having that problem after changing monitors. I had to edit something in xorg.conf to fix it like that. Also, I started with the "nv" driver then downloaded the Nvidia driver. Also remember that from the command line you can access nvidia's website through "lynx www.nvidia.com" or "links2 www.nvidia.com". Download the driver and install as root from the same command line. The new xconfig utility they have may configure everything for you.

Also, i'll attach the gfx card and monitor part of my xorg.conf. I have the 5200fx and a samsung syncmaster in 1280x1024x24

If this is to much info and u already know all this sorry, just trying to help.

Code:
Section "Monitor"

    # Monitor preferred modeline (60.0 Hz vsync, 64.0 kHz hsync, ratio 5/4)
    Identifier     "monitor1"
    VendorName     "Plug'n Play"
    ModelName      "SyncMaster"
    HorizSync       30.0 - 81.0
    VertRefresh     56.0 - 75.0
    ModeLine       "1280x1024" 108.0 1280 1328 1440 1688 1024 1025 1028 1066 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine       "768x576" 50.0 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630
    ModeLine       "768x576" 63.1 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "device1"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "nVidia"
    BoardName      "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "screen1"
    Device         "device1"
    Monitor        "monitor1"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "DPMS"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Virtual     1280 1024
        Depth       8
    EndSubSection
    SubSection     "Display"
        Virtual     1280 1024
        Depth       15
    EndSubSection
    SubSection     "Display"
        Virtual     1280 1024
        Depth       16
    EndSubSection
    SubSection     "Display"
        Virtual     1280 1024
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection
 
Old 02-28-2006, 07:38 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info Guys. I should be able to fix it now.
I'll try and get to it this weekend.
THANKS AGAIN FOR THE HELP.

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