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Old 10-21-2007, 02:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy GeForce 6600

I installed Mandriva 2008 yesterday and it has problems with the video card
i cannot change the refresh rate more than 57Hz and when I set up the graphical server I cannot choose my video card (GeForce 6600). I downloaded drivers from, installed them but still no difference. Everything goes "slow" and the low refresh rate bugs my eyes...
Old 10-21-2007, 04:10 AM   #2
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When you restart X do you see the big nvidia logo before you get to the log-in screen?

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Old 10-21-2007, 05:44 AM   #3
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I'd been using that card for years with Mandriva/Mandrake, so I know that usually the command line install is easy enough, but I dunno if they're doing it differently now in 2008.
Did you download the driver from nvidia and DIY or use some Mandriva package choice?
Do you know if you've changed your X config file to use the new driver? IIRC the installer did this for you. Also the logo should appear but maybe they've changed the default.
Do you have the kernel sources installed for the kernel you're booting?
Have you tried pushing Escape during bootup to see a line about nvidia or X?
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Good grief, I didn't notice at the top he put Mandriva 2008!

If you go to MCC, and install dkms-nvidia96xx it will tell you it's going to install a load of other dependencies. Install them, run XFDrake and when it asks if you want to use proprietary drives say yes. ctl-alt-backspace and relog in. You should hen see the big nvidia logo and should be fine.
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Hi, sounds like you need to run nvidia-settings,

or edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. Find

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA RIVA TNT - GeForce 2 (71xx)"
Driver "nv"
Option "DPMS"
Option "RenderAccel" "true"
Option "IgnoreEDID" "1"

change Driver "nv" to nvidia.

save it and ctrl+alt+backspace to logout and you should see the nvidia logo, either beforte or after you login.

Cheers, Glenn


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