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Old 07-18-2003, 10:22 PM   #1
Ch1ngoken
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Angry GeForce4 MX 440 on RedHat 9


Hi everyone, right now I am running WindowsXP Pro on my Master HDD. I have a Slave with data, but no OS... just a FAT32 FS. Should I install Linux, it will be to the Slave... I'm aware I will format it and maybe change the FS. I want to download Linux RedHat 9.0 but I've checked my hardware compatibility, and I notice my video card GeForce4 MX 440 is not compatible. Before I even begin the ISO download, I want to know is there any way I can install Linux whilst making my video card fully operable? I read a post from a person who is quoted to say "Even the new Nvidia drivers need you to install from command line without X running to get them working correctly."

What is this? Or is there another distro I need to download where my video card IS compatible? I'm still researching but any help here would be appriciated. Thanks.

Oh yeah and I'm on 56K and wanna download all 3 CDs so I wanna know for sure if it'll work or not. I have no experience on Linux whatsoever except the fact I know it's related to a penguin. 'Till next time, kids...



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Old 07-19-2003, 11:51 AM   #2
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Hi Chingoken

When you say you want it fully operable - do you mean 3D Acceleration?

Your card should give you 2d capabilities - this is fine for learning/using Linux.

3D accelerstion is just a bonus if you can get drivers.

Personally I would just stick to Windows for games at present and enjoy using Linux in 2D for the moment.

The command line is just a screen with a prompt for you to type in a series of commands to perform a specific task - when it says "without X running" it means that you wont be able to install any drivers for your card from a GUI interface ie point and click.

good luck and re-post if you need to.
 
Old 07-19-2003, 12:45 PM   #3
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Skyline~

In fact, for Linux, I don't want 3D Acceleration... I'm fine without this. However, I would like it to support the other features (mainly my desktop resolution of 1280x1024).

The thought I have stuck in my head is this: If I don't have any drivers, or the card is not supported, then I will be stuck with 16 Bit color in 640x480 desktop resolution as if it was Windows.

If I install Linux then it will grant me 2D privileges? If yes, and I can access 32Bit color mode in 1280x1024 then I'm satisfied.

Thanks for your help.



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Old 07-19-2003, 06:23 PM   #4
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Talking nVidia Drivers

I went to the nVidia website to look at drivers for my GeForce4 MX 440 video card, and I found drivers for Linux. The installation is extremely confusing, but that's because I'm hungry and tired. I'll learn them eventually... but I noticed 3 options for choosing the Linux OS... I saw: IA32, AMD64, IA64. What are these? Are they dependant on what type of system I have? My system is AMD based, Athlon XP 2000+ (1.64GHz) So should I choose AMD64? I assume the "I" stand for Intel... which is correct?



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Old 07-19-2003, 08:12 PM   #5
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IA32 IA64 AMD64 simply refer to different platforms/intsruction sets. IA32 stands for Intel Architecture 32 bit - It's the name for the 32 bit CPU instruction set .

Your Athlon XP is IA32 based
 
Old 07-19-2003, 09:58 PM   #6
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Skylinr & Others~

Thanks this has been a trumendous help. I believe this is sufficeint information until I install Linux and attempt to install the drivers there and hope for the best. Thanks again.



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Old 07-20-2003, 08:01 AM   #7
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One thing to note RedHat will not install kernel source by default. You need to select the {kernel development} package. Atleast I think that is what they called it. If you dont have the kernel source you nvidia installation will crap out with an error.
 
  


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