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Old 09-26-2003, 09:40 AM   #1
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Angry Problems with nVidia 4496 and Mandrake 9.1

I'm a first time Linux user, so please bare with my ignorance...

At one point, I did have X loading with Dirver set to "nvidia" (rather than "nv") but openGL was not working. Currently, when I invoke startx, it crashes out. I tried to re-install the nvidia drivers, but with the nvidia-installer, I recieved the following errors:

Unable to determine the properties for file '/usr/lib/' (No such file or directory).

Check 'OK'

The installer has encountered the following error during installation: 'Cannot backup /usr/lib/'. Continue anyway?

Check yes, then:

Unable to determine properties for file '/usr/lib/' (No such file or directory).

Then the same backup error on that file. I continued with the rest of the install without errors.

Here is the Config-4 contents:

# File generated by XFdrake.

# **************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **************************************************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbCompat" ""
Option "XkbOptions" ""

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
Option "Buttons" "7"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "MAG Technology Co., Ltd."
ModelName "MAG XJ810"
HorizSync 30.0-95.0
VertRefresh 50.0-160.0

# Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?
# 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync
ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -vsync

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"

My latest XFree86.0.log file generated with logverbose 5 can be d/l at: - can't post url.... ask me if you need it...

Can anyone help me find out...

First, why X will not load when I set driver to "nvidia"

...and second, how to get openGL to work?
Old 09-26-2003, 09:43 AM   #2
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First, how did you install the nvidia driver? Can you let us know the steps.

Where did the driver come from? Did you download it from and did you follow all of the instructions?

Did you install as root and with X shut down?
Old 09-26-2003, 11:42 AM   #3
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I ran the installer while X was shutdown, as root by entering:


The file was downloaded from the nVidia site.

The XFree86.0.log file:

Last edited by Toker; 09-26-2003 at 11:51 AM.


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