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Old 11-07-2003, 02:30 PM   #1
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NVIDIA 5600 on Slack 9.1


I have installed linux on my desktop which is using video card FX 5600. I load it into the command prompt and when I log in and type: startx
The screen turns black and the light on my monitor starts to blink. In my XFConfig file it is setup as follows:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Vesa Framebuffer"
Driver "vesa"
#VideoRam 4096
EndSection

I think that this is wrong but I am not sure how to correct it. Anyone got an answer on this?
 
Old 11-07-2003, 05:05 PM   #2
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re: 5600

I searched the forums here for "nvidia 5600" and got many results.

Just for fun, I clicked on one and saw what looks like a good deal of info regarding setting up cards like the 5600.

Check it out!

Cheers,
Bob
 
Old 11-07-2003, 05:09 PM   #3
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you'll need to run xf86config, set your card up right in it first, install the Nvidia drivers and edit the XF86Config files per the Nvidia directions. There are several post that should point you in the right direction.
 
Old 11-07-2003, 08:28 PM   #4
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NVIDIA 5600

I dont have windows I am on a different machine
 
Old 11-07-2003, 08:33 PM   #5
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re: no windows...

um..yeah.

We figured that since you posted your question on linuxquestions.org...why don't you try some of the responses?

You'll get it worked out.


Bob
 
Old 11-07-2003, 08:49 PM   #6
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I have downloaded the NVIDIA driver and I need to get kernel headers to install so I thought I would keep you all who are watching updated
 
Old 11-07-2003, 10:07 PM   #7
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I got it installed and now all that is there when I type startx is a bunch of characters no gui
 
Old 11-08-2003, 04:22 AM   #8
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try this: (presuming using vi as your text editor)
as root....

vi /etc/inittab
set default run level to 3
save file
reboot


run /etc/x11/xf86config again
(ensure that you have your card and all refresh rates set up properly)

cd /(to where you downloaded the nvidia drivers)
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run (these are the latest drivers)
(self installing shell script, just answer the questions)

cd /etc/X11
vi XF86Config
remove the lines with "dri & GLcore" in the upper section of this file, if they are there)
change DRIVER "nv" to "nvidia" (in lower section)
save the file

vi /etc/inittab
change default to 4
save file
reboot

that should start X automatically on bootup

hope it helps, Bman
 
Old 11-08-2003, 08:17 PM   #9
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I do not have my manual for my monitor, Is there another way to find the refresh rates
 
Old 11-08-2003, 10:56 PM   #10
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I have found that info on my monitor. It still does not work. Should I try to install Mandrake or Red Hat to see if it works on that. If so what should I copy? Should I copy the XFConfig? Or is there certain sections that I should just write on a piece of paper?
 
Old 11-09-2003, 04:30 AM   #11
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you could try that, but i would go bit further with it. If it works under one or the other, ensure that you print out your configuration files so that you have something to follow. Both Redhat and Mandrake have good hardware configuration utilities.
 
Old 11-09-2003, 04:33 AM   #12
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Ok I will try that. Thank you I will post you what happens. I will just post word for word. I will go with that. Thanks again
 
Old 11-09-2003, 10:29 PM   #13
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Ok I got Mandrake 9.1 to show the video. I do not have a print because I have to get a new one. What of the XFConfig file should I write on paper?
 
Old 11-10-2003, 03:23 AM   #14
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ok, thats good because that says the card will work and what we have is a configuration error. You have been through the config file a few times now, so you know that you need the refresh rates, 16/32 bit color, etc etc. Get that info, do an install of Slack and follow my earlier post, Ensure that you select the proper card in the config and you should be good to go.
 
Old 11-11-2003, 01:24 PM   #15
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Bman I got the video to work but now I have to work on my mouse because it wont move. So thanks for the help and I will post to let you know when I have fixed my mouse
 
  


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