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Old 06-27-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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Question Nvidia Riva TNT & Suse 10.3 / 11.0


I have an old Gateway G6-450 with an Nvidia Riva TNT graphics card.

I am very confused, and would appreciate some advise...

I'm currently running openSuse 10.3.

When I try to compile the Nvidia driver for this card

sh -q
followed by
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia

everything appears to be "fine" when in GUI mode. However, the second I exit SAX2, my screen becomes a "mess" (all sorts of strange shapes, colors, etc).

As I mentioned, when I am in runlevel 5, the display appears to be ok (as well as during the initial boot of Suse 10.3, when pressing Escape for more information). During shutdown, the screen becomes a "mess" again.

When I use sax2 with 0=nv, I do not experience this issue.

Has anyone else experienced a similar problem? Should I be using the nvidia or nv driver? If the former, do I need to do any "tweaking" to fix the runlevel 3 problem?

This leads me to my next problem... I am trying to update to Suse 11.0. However, no matter what display mode I choose (except for Text & VESA, which provide text that reminds me of a VIC-20), I have a similar problem as mentioned above -- I cannot read the screen due to weird shapes & colors on it. This occurs no matter what option I choose from the Suse 11 menu (I cannot even perform a media check).

When I select a menu option, I get a progress bar of "Loading Kernal", followed by really big text (I don't recall exactly what the text reads), followed by the "messed-up" screen.

From what I can tell, it appears that Opensuse11 is using some sort of NVidia graphics driver that is incompatible with the RIVA TNT card.

Any thoughts on how I can "force" the nv driver (for example) when trying to install Suse11 ?

I realize that this post could have been posted in a number of forums (Hardware, etc), but I didn't know which category it would best fit.


Old 06-28-2008, 06:24 PM   #2
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You can always select the nv driver from yast?

For the proprietary nvidia driver on suse...see the nvidia page for that.

disable /uninstall that first


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Old 06-28-2008, 08:03 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply.

Here is an update -- I found a thread that mentioned how to do a "Live Update" from 10.3 to 11.0, so I figured that I would follow the instructions & hope for the best.

After several hours, it finished & I did an init 6.

The boot screen is all "Garbage", as mentioned above -- until it gets to the logon screen. Everything seems to be "fine" when I am at runlevel 5. But, if I boot to runlevel 3 (or issue an init 3), I get garbage.

My video driver is currently nv -- I have not tried changing that.

It seems as though the linux kernel itself may be what is causing the video issue.

Hopefully I'll be able to resolve this issue soon...
Old 08-26-2008, 11:33 AM   #4
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I bought 2 video cards on eBay for short money... one is an ATI (which I haven't tried yet, nor probably will at this point), and the second is a TNT2 Pro 64 (which was incorrectly advertised as a GeoForce), which I installed.

That card fixed the video display issue.


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