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Old 03-22-2006, 09:04 PM   #1
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Question Noob - Graphical Installer showing vertical bars - NVidia Card SOLVED


I am rather new to linux and a friend of mine suggested that I try the new Fedora Core 5 that just came out this week. I downloaded the DVD installation, and booted from it. It detected most of my hardware okay, but I believe it may have detected the video card incorrectly. I have an Nvidia Geforce 6800 GS series card. After I boot and check the integrity of the disk (or skip) it tries to load anaconda, but as soon as the installer comes up all I see is vertical bars or blocks and that's it. When it detects my video card it detects it as NV, I'm sure this problem has been told a million times, and I have seen it in other places, but most of the time I have seen it as upgrade issues.

If anyone knows how to fix this please let me know. As stated I'm new and I don't know what I would need to do to get things working. Do I have to do a text based install and then modify a file? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-23-2006, 09:47 AM   #2
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Has anyone else had this problem? Or know of how to fix it?
 
Old 03-23-2006, 04:30 PM   #3
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force the vga drivers or try text mode install. nv drivers may not work so u may have to use the vga drivers untill you can install nvidia's drivers from nvidia.
 
Old 03-23-2006, 05:01 PM   #4
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Yah I had considered doing a text install.. and then going in and configuring X after the fact.. just really wanted to avoid that.

How do you force the VGA drivers?
 
Old 03-23-2006, 05:32 PM   #5
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I'd love to know how to force a VGA install. Having the same problem using an nV 7800 GT with a 20" WS LCD.

I'd use the text mode installer, which in itself is not a problem, but you can't edit Logical Volumes with the text mode install.
 
Old 03-24-2006, 09:42 PM   #6
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Okay. I have to say sorry for wasting your time.. but I'm such a noob. I was explaining the problem I was having to a friend and he took a look for me.. it turns out that I wasn't aware that certain distros of linux will cause one of your monitors to have odd freaky characters while the other monitor looks fine.. I had no idea.. but upon switching my monitor (as I only have one at the moment) over to the other monitor port, it worked fine.
 
Old 03-25-2006, 06:46 AM   #7
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You should also check for nVidia driver problems. The 1.2054 kernel is configured to reject "tainted" (i.e., proprietary) drivers, and you can't install the nVidia drivers without a lot of work. (The 1.2069 kernel will probably not have the problem.)

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Old 03-25-2006, 08:40 PM   #8
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Although it isn't mentioned on the Fedora install instructions, a bit of Googling and I found this:

linux vesa

Bingo! Anaconda loads properly (no corrupted display), and I can now play with the logical volumes Fedora likes so much

Of course now I've got to install the nVidia drivers, which is going to be the hard part
 
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update to the new kernel before installing nvidia drivers.
 
  


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