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Old 01-16-2004, 03:50 PM   #1
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MSI 645 Ultra Motherboard and Nvidia Cards

Anyone one who has this combination able to install the NVIDIA drivers? Could you post you config file here. I can't seem to get it to run. Using SuSE 9.0 Professional. It installs correctly, I run Sax2 according to the SuSE instructions, and I get a black screen. In the hardware information under YaST, my AGP slot is UNKNOWN. MSI wrote their own driver for it in Windows. Could this be the problem.
Old 02-14-2004, 09:05 PM   #2
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Interesting! I have the same situation - Suse 9.0 and an MSI geforce III ti200, and the same problem, black screen when I install and enable the nvidia drivers. I had the same problem when trying fedora a while back. I think it's a conflict with the card itself and the linux nvidia driver - Bummer . If anyone knows how to get around this, let us know!
Old 02-18-2004, 05:47 PM   #3
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I figured out the problem! Mine anyway, and probably the same issue you are having. I emailed Nvidia about the issue and this is what I got back:

"If you wait for roughly a minute, does X finally start?

You may be experiencing the following problem, which was especially
prevalent with some GeForce3's:

Q: X takes a long time to start (possibly several minutes). What can
I do?

A: Most of the startx delay problems we have found are caused by incorrect
data in video BIOSes about what display devices are possibly connected
or what i2c port should be used for detection. You can work around
these problems with the XF86Config option "IgnoreDisplayDevices"
(please see the description in (app-d) APPENDIX D: XF86CONFIG OPTIONS)."

Indeed, I left it starting for a few minutes and X finally came up! The solution is pretty simple, you just have to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config, under the monitor section and add:
Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP, TV"

That just tells it to ignore the DFP and TV out ports. (If you have a digital flat panel screen connected to the dvi port, tell it to ignore "CRT, TV")
Here's a link to the Nvidia Linux driver readme with more information if you want to read more about it (Look in appendix D):

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