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Old 10-15-2003, 08:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy Can I change my video configuration w/o reformatting?


Hey I was wondering if there was a way to Change my video settings w/o having to totally reformat the computer...again...I have an Nvidia GeForece4 MX PCI card and tryed to select the driver for it in the install to Mandrake 9.1...Now When Linux bootes up it doesn't go into the gui...instead I get the command line...and being the total newbie that I am I cannot for the life of me find out how to change video settings...PLEASE HELP ME!!! Thanks in advance ^_^
 
Old 10-15-2003, 08:41 PM   #2
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Yeah, that would be silly to have to reinstall everything for one setting. You can either edit your XF86Config file by hand or run xf86config as root to reconfigure it.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 08:43 PM   #3
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Well...problem is I'm a complete newbie...I have no idea how to do that...
 
Old 10-15-2003, 09:20 PM   #4
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type xf86config at your command prompt (as root)
 
Old 10-15-2003, 09:29 PM   #5
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type xf86config at your command prompt (as root)

LMFAO! This is some crazy shi_. I am also a total no00b at this and am also having problems. (another thread in this forum) You "guys" seems to make it all easy


Where do you learn these commands. I mean I am use to DOS, but how do I find out about these commands and what the commands do?
 
Old 10-15-2003, 09:36 PM   #6
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Thanks...unfortunatly that didn't help...All I get is command line...*Really Frustrated*...I don't know what to do...I selected the GeForce 4 drivers during installation...I wonder why it didn't work...
 
Old 10-15-2003, 09:48 PM   #7
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(really stupid question) did you try typing

startx

at your command-line?
 
Old 10-15-2003, 09:52 PM   #8
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Not so stupid to a newbie who didn't even know the command ^_^ Yeah after you told me about it I did...got an IO 104 error...said connection reset by peer...and also a thing poped up that said "No devices detected"
 
Old 10-15-2003, 09:55 PM   #9
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That's all i got, sorry I couldn't have been anymore help

Good luck though
 
Old 10-15-2003, 10:02 PM   #10
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Thanks anyway your help is really appreciated! Anyone else have any ideas? Or should I just reformat
 
Old 10-15-2003, 10:10 PM   #11
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Thanks anyway your help is really appreciated! Anyone else have any ideas? Or should I just reformat
I dont know if I just got lucky or not but I installed RH 9.0 just fine and am using G4 4200.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 10:11 PM   #12
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try the command (as root)
XFdrake
This is the X configuration tool of mandrake. It's not as versatile as x86config, but simpler to use. I would try other video drivers and see if they work. SInce you could see the installer, I would think that something has to work even if it cannot utilize the full capacity of your card (generic vga or something like that?).

there is also a program called
xf86cfg
which you might check out.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 10:34 PM   #13
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Hey thanks...that was exactly what I was look for...but...I can't decide on a Generic to try out...any ideas?
 
Old 10-15-2003, 10:41 PM   #14
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It seems like no matter what I try I cannot get it to see my device...I would just Download drivers but...I am using VMware and unless I can find one of those ancient things people called "Floopy Disc" Then I couldn't even get it to work then...
 
Old 10-15-2003, 10:47 PM   #15
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when you start XFdrake, does it pick a driver on its own? Usually it selects one and it might work even if it doesn't look right. Also, the test thing doesn't function. Don't test with XFdrake! It will screw things up.
 
  


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