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Old 12-03-2002, 07:21 AM   #1
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Changing GFX drivers

Hi, I'm new to linux and Ive just installed Red Hat 8 on its own partion. All seemed to be well, I manged to create the accounts needed and get to the 'desktop'. Everyhting worked first time, internet sound the lot (I'm impressed, even windows cant configure itself for my sound card). I noticed the grapics were alittle laggy, so I went to display settings. I had initially used the Geforce 4 (generic) setting. The probe only detects my onboard 810 chipset. My card is a Gainward GF4 450mx (which is really a 420). I tried the 810 setting for whatever reason and now I cant get back in.

All I get is a text login prompt, which I can use to login to root but I dont know how to configure the GFX card from here.

I tried StartX, this just fails. I then tried redhat-config-xfree86, this gives an error saying 'Xserver cannot be started trying with fresh config', waits for a bit then fails.

Any ideas, or is a fresh install my best option.

Old 12-03-2002, 09:11 AM   #2
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In order to get decent performance from the Nvidia card, you'll need to install their drivers. The Redhat drivers as you discovered are not optimized.

This doc should help.

I don't really have enough info to help you figure out what happened in the first place though.
Old 12-03-2002, 11:06 AM   #3
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You need see if you can find a backup of your XF86Config (or XF86Config-4) file, so that you can easily revert it back to the previous settings (before you told it to use the i810). Login as root and enter 'find /etc/ -iname xf86config*' this should find you current configfile, hopefully there will be a backup somewhere nearby.

There should hopefully be a backup of your old XF86Config in the same directory as your current XF86Config (usually '/etc/X11/'), change to this directory ('cd /etc/X11/'). Rename your current config (I find something like 'mv XF86Config XF86Config.$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M)' work pretty well, it gives the copy a time stamp). Now copy the backup to whatever the original file was called (e.g. 'cp XF86Config.backup XF86Config').

If you cannot find the backup file then I am sure someone will help you with creating a new XF86Config, or modifying your existing one.
Old 12-03-2002, 01:02 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help, I'm gonna go try these out.

I'm not as stuck as I thought as it all works fine when I change my monitor over to the onboard port, so if needed I can still get in. Just need to change my bios settings and it forgets Ive got a GF4. Its all a learning experience tho, lol
Old 12-03-2002, 07:32 PM   #5
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Yep all is good.

lol, I can see learning this is gonna be fun...

now, how to get flash to work with netscape hmmmmm........
Old 12-03-2002, 08:44 PM   #6
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Which one? 5 is available as tar.gz file at just download it in the console use
tar xfvz flash-yada.tar.gz
it will create directory flash-yada, change to this dir with cd
cd flash-yada/
and copy lib*.so and Shock*.class files into /usr/lib/netscape/plugins directory as root
/bin/su will give you root access when you type the root password, and cp will copy the files
cp lib*.so Sho*.class /usr/lib/netscape/plugins
Side note: If you wish to have Flash6, Shockwave 8.5, WindowsMedia player 6.4, QuickTime 6 and bunch or others take a look at cross-over plugin from It is worth every penny of 25 bucks if you opt to buy it w/o annoying adds about hungry developers at codeweavers
Old 12-04-2002, 05:55 AM   #7
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lol, this system is beginning to bug me, it all worked fine yesterday. I log out. woke up this morning and now I cant log back in to my account. I can log in to all other accounts for the rest of the family, I can also log in as root but when I use my account it just freezes after loading the windows manager. so I used root to delete my account and group and recreate it but no, still wont work. Does RH8 have a problem with people called 'chris' ? Also whats the difference between gnome and kde. I use gnome as it recommends it for beginners.

I'm supposed to be starting my Java programming course today, and I thought I would at least have this working so I could maybe write the first essay. Looks like I'll have to return to windows to do the job.

Flash doesnt work either. After installing netscape, it doesnt create a plugins direcotry in usr/lib/netscape/plugins. it puts it in usr/local/netscape/plugins. so I copied the 2 files there. typed 'about: plugins' into netscape and it confirms it is installed but it dont work.

I think I could be up for my 6th install of RH.
Maybe if I use a workstation install rather than desktop? I dont know and dont understand this, its hard to learn when you cant even login.

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