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Old 12-28-2002, 12:22 AM   #1
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Exclamation Geforce 3 and Mandrake 9

I've had my installation of Mandrake 9.0 running for a while now with no problems. A day or so ago though, I added a Geforce 3 Ti200 to my computer (the details of which are below) which replaced the old SiS630 onboard video adapter that I had been using. Loading into Windows XP pro worked without a hitch as I expected, but then yesterday I tried running Mandrake 9 again only to find the screen flickering several times during bootup and then dumping me onto the command prompt, when normally it started X and loaded KDE. From the command prompt I typed 'drakconf' and changed the display adapter to "Vendor|NVIDIA Geforce 3 (generic)" hoping that that would fix things, but now when it gets to the end of the boot process, the screen loads up a strange matrix like screen with a red square at the top left and random characters dispersed around the screen with no way to remove them excepting the power button (which it obviously hates judging from the process of fixing that on subsequent boot ups..) I've also tried xf86config with exactly the same result.. I'm using xfree86 4.2.something if that helps and I've seen something about installing nvidia drivers, but I'm not especially sure how I am supposed to do this.. ANY help someone can offer would be much appreciated.. Anyway, here are my computer specifications if it helps..

System Manufacturer: SiS
System Model: 730S
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: AMD Athlon 1800+
BIOS Version/Date: American Megatrends Inc. 062710, 7/15/1997
SMBIOS Version: 2.3
Total Physical Memory: 1,024.00 MB
Old 12-28-2002, 07:27 PM   #2
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Perhaps you have an resource conflict. If the old videocard is onboard, and not disabled, it is probably still claiming an IRQ and other things for itsself, which may be the same ones the new board needs. Windows is often able to automatically handle conflicts Linux doesn't, which could explain your card working in Linux... try disabling onboard video in your BIOS settings.

Also, to check if you have nvidia drivers installed, look for a line in /etc/X11/XF86Config (this may be in a different location on Mandrake... try "whereis XF86Config" to find it if it isn't there) in your "Graphics Device" section that says
Driver "nv"
If it says something else, change it to say nv.
Old 12-28-2002, 07:56 PM   #3
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Try to use nvidias own drivers from You have to download two packages: NVIDIA_kernelxxxx and NVIDIA_GLXxxxxx. The documentation on their homepage will help you. If you download the driver from source make sure you have the kernelsource installed (Lies on Mandrake cd3).
Old 12-29-2002, 12:29 AM   #4
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I went to nvidia's site and downloaded their drivers.. I did a "make install" type thing to both the kernel and the glx and changed Driver "nv" to Driver "nvidia" as told to in the readme, and added Load "glx" in the modules section also as instructed to by their site, but with the same result.. if I leave it as Driver "nv" and remove the Load "glx", X will load, but I'm using mandrake's generic nvidia drivers, rather than the newer better drivers.. I guess it is better than nothing though..
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I had exactly the same problem with SUSE 8.1 and a GEForce 3 Ti200.

The Intructions from Nvidia say to install the RPMs then edit the XF86Config file and change some stuff.

Didn't work for me. If you type xinit at the command prompt, you should find it is the xserver that fails to load.

The SUSE manual says to run a script called switch2nvidia_glx. This did nothing. Ran it, but the XF86Config was unchanged.

ran switch2nv (default linux driver) and everthing went back to

Following a hunch I tried typing switch2nvidia , lo and behold, it altered the config file, and when I rebooted it all worked.

Assuming that switch2nvidia script came from nvidia, and that there is a similar script for Redhat, you might give this a try.



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