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Old 09-09-2003, 11:33 PM   #1
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Unhappy So dumb I need a step by step for Nvidia 5200 & RH9

I've been looking through the threads and have determined that the answers I have seen regarding the proper installation of an Nvidia 5200 on RedHat 9 are making assumptions that the organic life from behind the keyboard has some knowledge of Linux and the particular distribution they have their paws on.

Truth is, if I (we) can not install Linux because a particular driver is needed and a particular process must be done, I (we) can not learn about Linux (RH9) if I (we) can not get it installed because of the process/procedure. This is a catch 22.

I can not install RH9. I can not become familiar with RH9/Linux if it can not be installed.

It looks as though many of us newbies need a very detailed, step by step process, that makes no assumptions what so ever that we have ever, in our little lives, seen any distribution of Linux. I, for one, have not.

Does such a thing exist? Nvidia does not provide one. RedHat does not provide one. Most of you may think that they do, that may be because you are familiar with it and understand enough to get through it. I've never seen it! I want to learn it and kick Gates to the curb (as much as possible) but if it won't run, I'm stuck with more windows and walls.

So, here is my list of goodies:

Gigabyte GA-7N400-Pro mobo
NVIDIA 5200 Light 128mg AGP
AMD 2800+ Barton
(2) WD 40G
cd/cdr, blah, blah, blah....

I have WinXP on half of the first WD 40G, I want RedHat 9 on the other. Then, I want to create RAID 0+1.

WinXP is running fine. RH will not finish the install because of the reasons you've read here before. The screen goes black when it trys to start the graphical mode. It stays that way.
I made a boot disk when it asked me to. If I type root at the prompt it tells me that the kernel is not found. Thus, I am not logging in as root any time soon, from my perspective. I've tried to reinstall, but the same 'ole same 'ole. I even have a command reference for RedHat. Means absolutely nothing to me unless I get it going.

So far, RedHat and Nvidia are no help. They are assuming I've done this before. I have not. Can anyone remember the day they first wanted to learn some form of Linux but didn't know how to spell it?

I am desperate, folks. I would even pay for a step by step that worked, and one that I can understand.

Please help. I know I am not the only one out there that feels this way, I've read the posts. I've been banging my head against the wall for weeks. I'm going to need stiches any day now......
Old 09-11-2003, 07:37 AM   #2
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thank god i'm not the only one.

if you get any where with the fx5200 and rh9 prob, please PM or email me as i'm totally stuck too. it looks like i've got to sort out the sATA speed probs as well.
Old 09-11-2003, 12:06 PM   #3
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I want to make sure that I am following you correctly first before I try to help. You try to install RH9 and when it brings up the graphical install program it go blank or is it during the graphical install process that it goes blank? If it is during the graphic install program, then what step of it does it go blank?

Old 09-11-2003, 12:34 PM   #4
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The best thing to do if you can read instructions is to install gentoo.
There is no gui for the install so you might want to partition before you do anything else within M$ but it installs w/o problems with nforce2 motherboards.


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