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Old 10-10-2003, 09:12 AM   #1
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lockup/video distortion at linux startup

here are my specs:
p4 2.4 ghz 512 ddr pc3500
120 gig hd 7200
52x24x52 mitsumi cdrw
16x compaq dvdrom
GeForce FX 5200 128 meg ddr
Redhat 9.0

Okay, basically my prob consists of is a video scramble or a system lockup at the end of all the system checks. So I havent even been able to get into the os :-P, ne suggestions?

Old 10-10-2003, 10:07 PM   #2
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RedHat 9 doesn't come with drivers for the fx5200.

The first thing you'll need to do is get into 'single user mode'

When GRUB loads (and you get a list of the available operating systems to boot) highlight redhat and hit 'e'. This allows you to edit the kernel commands. Add the word 'single' (no quotes) and then boot.

You'll then have to download the drivers from the nvidia site, and install them (the drivers come as a file called

They're at

Hope this makes sense.


P.S. The readme for the drivers is at

You'll have to read this to configure the XF86Config file.

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