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Old 09-01-2003, 10:30 AM   #1
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Blank screen with new AGP card


afternoon peeps.

I've got myself a brand-new problem! I've just bought a new nVidia GeForce FX5200 128mb AGPx8 card, which is nice. Windows loves it and it works a treat.

Now, I had to reinstall Mandrake (cos windows screwed up my HD) which was fine; the installation worked like a dream.

BUT: Just as it was about to start X, the screen went blank and that was that. It didn't crash because the HD was still working blah blah blah.

Its either a problem with the graphics card or my monitor. Is this card supported my linux (it must be, hence the GeForece FX generic driver in the install)? My monitor is actually a load of crap - its a tiny 15" 50/60Hz piece of junk, so I'm thinking maybe the frequencies are out of range or something. It makes a funny high-pitched sound, some flickering happens, then nothing.

I've tried setting the resolution and BPP to the lowest settings but I still get a blank screen.

So, whats the verdict? Is it my monitor or have you heard of this kind of issue before?
 
Old 09-01-2003, 10:38 AM   #2
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I had this kind of problem with NVidia drivers. It takes absolutely ages to initialise or to change a resolution. Be patient and wait around five minutes after the screen goes black and it might come up.
I remember a release of the windows drivers did this, but they changed those quickly. Hopefully new linux drivers will correct this problem.

HTH
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Old 09-01-2003, 02:31 PM   #3
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Try borrowing someone elses monitor and see if that fixes your problem, if so than its your monitor.
 
Old 09-01-2003, 03:56 PM   #4
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oh no!!!

I don't believe it!! NOOOO!

Its my graphics card it doesn't like....boo hoo!!!
Its just one thing after another.

I connected a 19" TFT monitor up to my PC but the same thing happened. I can get linux running at runlevel3; it just doesn't want to know about graphics.

I have the most recent nvidia linux drivers (a long filename with .run as the extention), but i don't know how to install it from the console.

I've fiddled with the resolution, changed the card type, changed the monitor type and tested every possible setting. Bugger all.

I don't want to have to change my graphics card, i had to buy a new 70 motherboard because my old one was unsupported.
<sigh> please help.
 
Old 09-01-2003, 10:41 PM   #5
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Have you downloaded and installed the drivers off Nvidia's website for Linux? Try installing them (THey're the best) and making the necessary changes to your /etc/X11/XF86config-4 file and then as root do a Init 5 to get back into graphical mode and see if it works then. You may also have to reboot but I doubt it.

Also post what the X server is spitting out when it fails. Linux should fail back to the text login if the X server fails just give it a minute or two.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 04:23 AM   #6
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I've got the nvidia drivers, its a file with a .run extension. I'll install them tonight.

I'll post any error messages when i get back from work.
I can remember something in one of the kernel logs saying 'cannot detect AGP aperture size', but I don't think it would cause this much trouble, or would it?

Last edited by skip1; 09-02-2003 at 08:30 AM.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 05:01 PM   #7
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X is still not starting properly when booting-up. I've got it working immediatly after installing the drivers by typing 'startx', but thats the only time.

Now i get the "'the nvidia kernel module cannot be loaded" or something, and error 104 - whatever that is.


Last edited by skip1; 09-06-2003 at 08:49 AM.
 
Old 09-17-2003, 05:42 PM   #8
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don't worry. Problem solved.

I used 'nv' instead of 'nvidia' in the drivers section of XF86Config-4(as suggested by numerous readme's), and all works fine.
 
Old 09-21-2003, 03:17 AM   #9
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How did you install the drivers from the command line?
 
Old 09-23-2003, 09:17 AM   #10
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i used:

sh NVIDIA-blah-blah-blah.run --opengl-headers

I think.
 
  


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