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Old 04-02-2009, 09:13 PM   #1
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Asus A7v8x-x computer i need drivers for Freespire for my graphic and sound cards

Yea, I'm new to this whole linux thing, lol. It is very interesting though, how there is much more to computers then just windows and stuff.

Well basically my problem is I had about 600 viruses on my computer and AVG 8.5 free deleted all my critical processes like explorer and what not, so I had to install this O/S on my computer because windows did not work anymore.

Everything works fine now on here but I have no clue how to install the drivers for my graphic or sound cards.

I believe they are
video card:nVidia Riva TNT2 64, 32MB
sound card:SoundBlaster PCI 64

thanks for ANY help. Muc appreciated
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If you have a graphical display and hear sound there is nothing more that you need to do.
Old 04-02-2009, 10:33 PM   #3
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Riva TNT drivers

Excellent, I like this thread already

LOL.. I cannot speak to your sound card issue, but ALSA probably has something for you. But, coincidentally I *just* yesterday installed an old Riva TNT-64 into my firewall machine. I am using the opensource 'nv' driver which comes with the X server.

Earlier today I installed the proprietary driver (download from but as it turned out, I downloaded a BETA version. For one thing, this is no super-video-card, so don't expect any mind blowing performance whatever driver you use, and for another thing, I was having X lock up on me with that driver if I opened a few applications (could have been the BETA-ness, or something else), so I switched to the nv opensource driver. I recommend you use that driver too.

The VESA driver also works with that card, but I found (I use a 1680x1050 LCD monitor) that the image was blurry/fuzzy and looked crappy. It seems that this card will not do better than 1400 horizontally, so choose a resolution like 1280x1024 or less (my monitor is auto-scaling the image to 1680x1050).

The 'fbdev' driver also works with this card, but I haven't tried that one lately (with this monitor especially) so I can't comment much on it except to say that it works.

If you want to consider the proprietary driver from nvidia, start here:
and from there, go to the ARCHIVE and/or search the site for the latest of the 71xx series driver, but don't get the BETA if you can help it.


To use either 'nv' or 'fbdev' or 'vesa' all you need to do is edit your xorg.conf file (sometimes called xf86config), usually located in /etc/X11. There are a couple things in there you will need to configure probably, but start by reading the man page for xorg.conf, as well as maybe the man pages for fbdev and nv and vesa. Man pages are literally "Manual pages", or user manuals. Get them from a console by typing simply man <something> where <something> is what you want the manual for.
To pick a driver, edit the 'Driver' line in xorg.conf.
For the proprietary driver from, the Driver line will need to read 'nvidia', like:
Driver "nvidia"
The open source drivers are included with X, but the nvidia one needs to be installed. This is typically done from a console, as root, while in a run-level where X is NOT running (usually init 3 will work) using a bash command like:
bash# ./
The nvidia site has more detailed readme information too.

Cheers and good luck!
Let us know how you make out.


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