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DozenEggs 07-08-2004 01:52 PM

Video Card Not Working on Fedora Core 2 With GeForce FX 5200
Hey, I Just Started Using Linux Like About 3 Weeks. 2 Weeks With SuSE 9.1 Pro On My Cousin's Comp And It Just Drew Me To Linux, So Then I Used His CD's To Install Fedora Core 2 On My Comp When I Came Back Home. This Is My Question, I Have An nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Video Card And I'm Not Sure That It's Supported Or Detected. Do I Have To Install Anything To Make It Work Like A Linux Driver Or Anything? Please Help! If You Need My Comp Specs Here They Are.

Intel Pentium 4 CPU
Dual Booting Fedora Core 2 And Windows XP Home
512 SDRam
nVidia GeForce FX 5200 128MB

guessme 07-08-2004 02:34 PM

hi dozeneggs,
even i am a new user to fedora 2. did u connect your monitor to the graphics card and if u can see the graphical user interface and have a doubt whether the drivers are installed properly or not.i think i know some raw techiniques to check whether your video card is working fine or not. just go to terminal and check using glxgears


this gives the FPS of your system. if it is somewhere in 200-300. i think the fedora has installed its default drivers and you can find the appropriate drivers in

even you have the installation instructions there.

if i am wrong. i am sorry for it.


DozenEggs 07-08-2004 04:06 PM

Didn't Work
I tried the installer and it said that it failed and it didnt work. My fps was between 130-90 using glxgear command. Is this normal or not?:confused:

guessme 07-08-2004 04:21 PM

if it is 90-130 it means ur graphic card driver isn't installed properly. did u try to install it exiting x windows as u should x windows and install it using the sh command. u should install from the command prompt. not from the terminal.

DozenEggs 07-08-2004 06:34 PM

I never did that opps i'll try that now, btw how do i not use X window, do i logout and go to sessions and choose a diff one?

guessme 07-08-2004 06:52 PM

go to etc/inittab
replace the line/change


change it with


restart ur system.
it stops in terminal mode login as root
and execute the sh command. write down the sh command before hand so u dont make any typo mistakes. if this file and ur kernel are compatible it runs fine. it asks for kernel updation from nvidia click ok and everything should work fine.

after installation u will get back to terminal.
then type startx at terminal
it starts xwindows. check glxgears now u should get fps in 1000's . change ur inittab file back to default 5 replace default 3 with 5.

thats it

DozenEggs 07-08-2004 07:25 PM

When i check my fps, it doesnt start glxgears in terminal, its says an error, the error is :

Xlib: extention "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Error: couldn't get an RGB, Double-Buffered visual

I installed the driver u wrote down before like you said, i changed the file and restarted, installed the nvidia driver, wrote down startx and changed the file back to normal and restarted and now im back here in KDE. i tried the glxgears and i got that error. Did i do something wrong??:confused:

guessme 07-08-2004 07:39 PM

sorry i forgeot something. now u need to follow the instructions in the site back where u downloaded from
read the readme file in step 3. or the direct link is

the link is:

this is the part u need to do:

In April of 2004, the Foundation released an X server based on
the XFree86 X server. Many Linux distributions will use the
X server in the future, rather than XFree86. The differences between
the two X servers should have no impact on NVIDIA Linux users with
two exceptions:

1) The configuration file name, though it uses the same syntax
as XFree86's XF86Config file, is called /etc/X11/xorg.conf;
this README refers generically to these configuration files as
"the X config file".

2) The log file, though its output is nearly identical
to the XFree86.0.log file, is called /var/log/Xorg.0.log; this
README refers generically to these files as "the X log file".

When XFree86 4.0 was released, it used a slightly different XF86Config
file syntax than the 3.x series did, and so to allow both 3.x and 4.x
versions of XFree86 to co-exist on the same system, it was decided that
XFree86 4.x was to use the configuration file "/etc/X11/XF86Config-4"
if it existed, and only if that file did not exist would the file
"/etc/X11/XF86Config" be used (actually, that is an over-simplification
of the search criteria; please see the XF86Config man page for a
complete description of the search path). Please make sure you know
what configuration file your X server is using. If you are in doubt,
look for a line beginning with "(==) Using config file:" in your X log
file ("/var/log/XFree86.0.log" or "/var/log/Xorg.0.log").

If you do not have a working X config file, there are several ways
to start: there is a sample config file that comes with XFree86,
and there is a sample config file included with the NVIDIA driver
package (it gets installed in /usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0/).
You could also use a program like 'xf86config'; some distributions
provide their own tool for generating an X config file. For more
on X config file syntax, please refer to the man page (`man XF86Config`,
or `man xorg.conf`).

If you already have an X config file working with a different driver
(such as the 'nv' or 'vesa' driver), then all you need to do is find
the relevant Device section and replace the line:

Driver "nv"
(or Driver "vesa")


Driver "nvidia"

In the Module section, make sure you have:

Load "glx"

You should also remove the following lines:

Load "dri"
Load "GLcore"

if they exist. There are also numerous options that can be added to the
X config file to fine-tune the NVIDIA X driver. Please see Appendix D
for a complete list of these options.

Once you have configured your X config file, you are ready to restart X
and begin using the accelerated OpenGL libraries. After you restart X,
you should be able to run any OpenGL application and it will automatically
use the new NVIDIA libraries. If you encounter any problems, please
see the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS section below.


DozenEggs 07-08-2004 09:21 PM

that didnt help, i still dont know how to edit my xorg.conf file. I need help!!

guessme 07-08-2004 10:37 PM

go to computer on the desktop
computer > filesystem > etc > xorg.conf

thats the path once u open the file. edit it as it says like editing
driver "nv"
line with
driver "nvidia"

drive "nv" wil be in the section "device"

in the module section in the files u will have various loads
in one line type

load "glx"

remove the two lines if they are in the loads which says
load "dri"
load "GLcore"


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