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Old 01-20-2004, 12:15 PM   #1
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Updating display driver when screen goes black

I have a display issue that I'm not sure how to resolve.

Monitor = ViewSonic VA720-2
Video = NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (AGP 4X 64MB)

I'm trying to run a live distribution of PHLAK, but the screen goes black after I boot. The same thing happened months ago when I tried installing Debian and SuSe. I tired finding an updated driver, but not sure if this is the correct one...

Main driver page...

Also, how should I go about updating this? Thanks
Old 01-20-2004, 12:33 PM   #2
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Ontario
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The nvidia driver download for linux will drive that card - there's only one linux driver that works for all nvidia chipsets.

There are many guides to installing those drivers - the binary should work for you, you may need to install kernel headers. Nothing a quick google won't tell you plenty about.

Try the latest release, 5398, first. If you have any problems with that, go down a release or two - I've heard 5398 is flaky, and all it adds is support for newer-generation features that you won't use with a GeForce 2.

You'll have to edit your /etc/X11/XFree86-4.conf (or equivalent) config script to use the new "nvidia" instead of the default "nv" driver. Should be under the "device" section, do man XFree86-4.conf if you're lost.

Are you using kernel 2.6? If so, things get quite a bit more complicated. I can help you through it, though, especially if you're running debian. Just got it up and running myself.



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