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Old 03-19-2003, 10:58 AM   #1
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geforce 4 MX440

Simply put, I can't run any linux distro with this card. Its an nVidia GeForce 4 MX 440 by eagle gaming. I tried on Red Hat 7.2 and red hat actually allowed me to go through the lowres gui installer. However, when it actually came to using KDE or GNOME it would only run in impossibly low resolution making it completely unable to use.

I tried using SuSE 8.1 and the Yast2 installer, but that also had problems. When booting from the CD, all I could get was a blue line and a couple of yellow/gray mixed lines.

Alternately, when I plugged in an 8MB ATI Rage card SuSE 8.1 installed just fine, and runs well. Thats all fine and good, but having an 8MB card limits the number of things you can do.

I am aware that nVidia does make drivers, when I had 320x200 red hat i dled the rpm i needed but i didnt know how to switch out cards.

So my question is, how can I get my geforce to work?

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Old 03-19-2003, 11:55 AM   #2
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I'm running the same card except made by MSI. The card works well once you download and install the drivers. If your still using SuSE, YAST will install these automatically - you may have to install the dummy RPM's first for YAST to automatically do this. If yo are using a diff distro, just go to the nvidia web page and dl the drivers that are appropriate to your distro and kernel.

Search this forum. The answers are here

Read the nvidia instructions. Everything you need is right there.

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should I download and install the drivers before i plugin the card? Because I dont believe that the system will run with the GF4 plugged in.
Old 03-19-2003, 01:36 PM   #4
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Again this is somewhat dependent on the distro.

I can only speak first-hand for SuSE(8.0) and RH (7.3, 8.0)

My feeling is that it would probably be best to have the card in when you install the drivers.

For redhat, edit the XF86Cofig file so that the driver being used is 'vesa'.
This "should" allow you to work in graphical mode.

In SuSE, by installing the dummy GLX and nvidia_kernel drivers, 'nv' should be listed as the driver in XF86Config. However, there is no reason why 'vesa' should not also work.

These options will allow you to go online in graphical mode and download the drivers.

Once downloaded, you have to install the drivers from the command line - in other words, you have to be out of X. This means booting into run level 3, rpm -ivh <gLX>, rpm -ivh <nvidia_kernel>.

Yast on the otherhand, will install the drivers from within X, but you will have to restart X for the changes to take place.

In both cases, you'll have to edit XF86Cofig to load GLX and remove references to DRI and something else - the documentation from nvidia explains it well. There is also an excellent thread here on how to install the nvidia drivers.

below is the section of my /etc/X11/XF86Config file for use of this card with the vesa drivers. Boot to run level 3, log in as root, type pico (or your fav editor) /etc/X11/XF86Config, edit and save.

Section "Device"
# no known options
Identifier "VESA driver (generic)"
Driver "vesa"
VendorName "VESA driver (generic)"
BoardName "VESA driver (generic)"


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