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Old 08-12-2004, 06:29 AM   #1
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help after install (monitor and video card)

I am a beginner linux user who started out on Mandrake and I am working my way up. I chose Debian because it was supposed to be very fast for emulation and I heard it has the best community around.

Installed Debian. No problems there. When i got to choose my video card, I selected "nv" for Nvidia. This computer has a geforce fx5200 in it. When i boot up and try to load the GUI it says something about my video card and lists the models the "nv" driver supports. Geforce cards dont seem to be mentioned. I realize that i can download the drivers i need and install them, but is there any other driver already on the system that will work? I would have a hard time getting the drivers and installing without the GUI already loaded.

I also selected my monitor at the end of installation. I wasnt sure what monitor i was going to be using permanently, or what the stats of that monitor were. I chose some default stuff and now i need to get back in order to change my possible resolution settings. How can i reconfigure that in debian? I know in something like Slackware, the "xorgsetup" command would work but obviously i cant seem to figure it out in debian. I would appreciate some help. Thanks.
Old 08-12-2004, 07:51 AM   #2
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You can run "xf86config" and just select the generic vesa driver. After you get a working display, you can download the nvidia driver.
Old 08-12-2004, 08:40 AM   #3
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You should always know your hardware. The drivers for your video card, horizontal and vertical monitor frequencies, the amount of video ram, etc. Google for your video driver (glx, perhaps?, i don't know).

Do a 'su':

#dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86


install these packages for auto-detection:

#apt-get install mdetect read-edid discover x-window-system



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