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Old 04-06-2004, 08:23 AM   #1
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Unhappy Problems configuring X with Dell Inspiron 5150

I rececently tried to do a switch over from SUSE linux on my laptop (dual booting with Windows XP) and have been unsucessful so far. When I was using SUSE, I could get X and KDE to run. However, I was having issues with my 3d card, I couldn't get the new driver from NVIDIA to work correctly. For some reason there is a special SUSE driver for NVIDIA.

Anyways, I loaded Fedora Core 1 up with X Windows and KDE and rebooted. The entire screen is bright red and then flickers to bright teal. When I installed I selected the Dell Laptop 1400x1068 as my monitor size. I can kill the XServer and when I try to reconfigure X with redhat-config-xfree86 it loads up a bright teal screen that I can't move around in. Any help would be appreciated.

Below are the specs from Dell on the configuration of my laptop:
1 1Y284 Assembly, Cable, Coaxial, 15, SXGA+ABCS
1 3U722 Bezel, Feet, Plastic, Liquid Crystal Display, 15.0, ABCS
1 J1838 Liquid Crystal Display, SXGA+, Standard Panels Working Group, 15, IDT
1 W0941 Assembly, Base (Assembly or Group), External, Conexant, 5150
1 5X486 Keyboard, United States, 85, Single Pointing, ABCS
1 G1278 Processor, 80532, 3.06G, 512K, Flip Clip Pin Grid Array
1 9Y819 Adapter, Alternating Current, 130W, 19.5V, LITEON, World Wide
1 1045D Cord, Power, 110V, 6F, Alternating Current, 3W\3P, United States
1 6Y912 Battery, Malaysia Direct Ship, 14.8V, 12C, Lithium, SANYO
1 7T894 Kit, DOC/DSK, INTERVIDEO, 4.0, With Dolby Headphone Technology
1 J2102 Subassembly, CDRW/DVD, Hitachi LG Data Storage, ABCS
1 Y1871 Card (Circuit), GRPHC, Nvidia, 32M, NV34, 5150
1 P1860 Kit, Software, OFCPRO-2K3, Original Equipment Mfgr., England/English
1 W2538 Kit, Software, MCAF-COM, 4.5, Original Equipment Mfgr.
1 8W383 Kit, Software, Overpack, WXPPSP1, Compact Diskette w/Documentation, England/English
2 6G648 Dual In-Line Memory Module, 256, 333, 32X64, 8K, 200
1 5W557 Assembly, Carrier, Hard Drive, ABCS
1 8267R Connector, Header, 2X22, Female, 2, S, Gold, 35K, Third Height, Chip Set
1 C2180 Hard Drive, 40GB, IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics), 9.5MM, 4.2K, HIT-MRGA

I have tried to reinstall Fedora with the monitor as laptio 1024x768 but still have the same problems, can't figure out what is going on
Old 04-07-2004, 08:29 PM   #2
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For a Fedora specific nVIDIA driver installation, see (they have nvidia driver RPMs created to smooth out the install).

If you are able to use the system without the nVIDIA driver loaded (using the nv driver) then your problem may be the agp chipset. First you should be able to run without the nvidia driver, if that fails adding in the binary distributed driver only complicates it.

Your /etc/X11/XF86Config should read something similar to:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nv"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"

You should not see 'vesa' as the driver (that would be one possible cause of the problem).

If you can run with the nv driver, then perhaps you should add this option to the above Device section:
Option "NvAGP" "1"

Try using generic LCD configurations as well, rather than the specific (and check using lower resolutions also).

I intend that you are editing the config file manually, if it is not present you should be able to recreate it with:
redhat-config-xfree86 -v --noui --reconfig

Last edited by LordMorgul; 04-07-2004 at 08:36 PM.
Old 05-21-2005, 03:00 PM   #3
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I also am trying to install Fedora Core 3 on a Dell Inspiron 5160.

BTW, would you please be so kind as to point out how I might find the rpm for the nVidia drivers from

with their site it's not obvious how to search for a specific RPM -- thanks

And btw, how do I modify xorg.conf if I am not using XFree86 but instead Xorg?

thanks very much for an answer


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