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Old 03-10-2003, 12:37 AM   #1
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Question geforce4 ti4200 128mb card

i have a geforce4 ti4200 128mb card made by ASUS. i am trying to install mandrake 9 and can't get into the kde that i think i should be seeing. all i can get into is something that looks similar to DOS. when i type KDE it gives me a fatal error. although i'm not sure (i'm a complete newbie and dont really understand what it is telling me), i think it has to do with the graphics card not being set correctly. the installer doesnt pass the test when i put the card on "Geforce 4 (generic)" setting under the NVIDIA category. what other settings should i try? i am a complete newbie to linux so please explain in the very very very simplest terms you can. thanks!

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Have you installed the new drivers (4191) for Nvidia ? If you have then follow the directions below. If not, then say so and I can help you with that.

The last post mentioned the XF86Config file. To go into a little more detail, this file can be found in your etc/X11/ directory. So, at the command line type cd .. (that's two periods after cd). Then type cd etc. Then type cd X11 (make sure that the X is capital). When you are in this directory type pico -w XF86Config (pay attention to which letters are caps). You will be in the pico editor at this point and you can edit the XF86Config file. Go down to the part where you see Driver"nv" and change it to Driver"nvidia".
Then press ctrl x and then press Y. You will leave the editor and save the file changes at this point.

That's it. Now type init 5 (which is run level 5) and you should see your GUI. Run level 3 is command prompt.

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havent installed latest nvidia drivers

i went to nvidia's site and saw them, but had no idea which ones i wanted from there, my choices were:

Linux IA32 Display Drivers
Linux IA64 Display Drivers
Linux AMD64 Drivers
FreeBSD Drivers

btw, i'm running this from windows because i cant do anything in linux yet. i tried to install linux on a separate partition. how would i get the drivers that i download to linux? i will need detailed help on that i think because i am utterly clueless! thanks for the suggestions...i'll attempt them once i get these drivers installed.
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You need the IA32 drivers unless you have an Athlon64 (AMD64), Opteron (AMD64) or Itanium (IA64) CPU, the FreeBSD driver is for FreeBSD.
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The IA32 drivers from the Nvidia, Linux driver page for Mandrake should be as follows :

NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-4191.i386.rpm (GLX)


NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.mdk90up.i586.rpm (kernel)


NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.mdk90smp.i586.rpm (kernel)

I'm not sure which kernel file you need because I only know from your post that you have Mandrake 9.

After you download these files, you will need to install the Nvidia kernel first.
Like this : (at the command prompt, or should I say bash prompt)

rpm -ivh NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.mdk90up.rpm
rpm -ivh NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.mdk90smp.rpm

(remember, I don't know which of these you need, only you know what you have. One is "up" and the other is "smp")

then install the GLX :

rpm -ivh NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-4191.i386.rpm

After you do these steps, change the XF86Config file as described before.
Remember to pay attention to capital letters.

That should be it.

BTW : I'm a total newbie so if any of the veterans see something wrong in my directions, please correct it.

Also : these directtions assume that the 4191 driver is being used.

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Thumbs up thanks!

thanks to all who helped! i got the drivers working...this card seems to work just fine with mandrake 9. i have it on a nice and pretty 1280 res with 24 bit colors. thanks:-)


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