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Old 09-01-2003, 07:34 PM   #1
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Nvidia driver not working in Mandrake 9.1

Hello all.

Newbie here.

I apologize for posting yet another nvidia driver thread, but I think I've read through every other one on here, and I can't seem to find an answer.

My system:

Athlon XP 2500
Epox 8RDA motherboard
Geforce 4 Ti 4200
Mandrake 9.1

I have read and followed the readme instructions from nvidia. I followed the tutorial posted on here ( All I ever end up with when I type "startx" is either a completely black screen, or a black screen with several horizontal blue lines across the bottom.

Not necessarily in this order I have:

...downloaded, and it claimed to have installed successfully

...changed "nv" to "nvidia" in XF86Config-4
...made sure I have "Load 'glx'"
...checked to make sure I don't have "Load 'dri'" or "Load 'GLcore'"

...altered /etc/inittab to start in run level 3

...checked my bios to make sure assign irq to vga is enabled

...tried typing "/sbin/modprobe nvidia" before trying startx

...checked to make sure I have accurate refresh rates for my monitor and tried starting x at 800x600

Always I get the black screen/black screen with blue lines across bottom. I always have to do a hard reboot to get out of this.

Is there something I'm missing? Has anyone else experienced a similar problem?

Any help is appreciated.


My XF86Config-4 file:

# File generated by XFdrake.

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbCompat" ""
Option "XkbOptions" ""

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "MouseManPlusPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "NEC"
ModelName "NEC MultiSync FE950"
HorizSync 31.0-96.0
VertRefresh 55.0-160.0

# Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?
# 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync
ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -vsync

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "NVidia"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"
Old 09-01-2003, 07:38 PM   #2
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There is something wierd about the nvidia driver and Epox mobos. Keep searching I know your answer is here somewhere because i have read about it.


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