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Old 10-16-2002, 06:09 PM   #1
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Geforce 4


Hello all !!

Firstly i would like to say sorry, as i know this question must have been asked MANY times.

But can i hell get my video card configged.
Using Xconfigurator i can get into the GUI, but using the generic vga mode.As no other combination will work.

I downloaded nv_check and was told to download
NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2960.rh70up.i386.rpm
NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-2960.i386.rpm
and installed them

Loaded them with /sbin/insmod NVdriver
All of this was no problem.
But i can either log in in vga mode(original) or it does not load at all.

I have edited the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 to comment "dri" and "GLcore" lines (suggested)
And changed "nv" to "nvidia"
But they dont seem to make any difference, whatever i change.
As if it is bypassing this file??
Am I thick??

BTW
I am using Red Hat 7.0 from the cover of Linux for Dummies

Does this matter?

Cheers guys

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Old 10-16-2002, 06:13 PM   #2
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chances are you're not using XFree86 4, but 3.3.6 instead, you'll need to make equivalent changes to /etc/X11/XF86Config instead. note that the file is in a different format slightly... so be careful.

and for the record, i seriously suggest installing them from source, not rpm.
 
Old 10-16-2002, 06:21 PM   #3
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On my first attempt i used XFree86 4.2.0
There was only one nvidia option after this, which did not work.
And i would not let me use the generic vga either.

So you are right, as i was scared to put it on this time. Should i?
 
Old 10-16-2002, 06:26 PM   #4
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I have found the source file for GLX but not kernel

Do they install the same way? rpm -inv nvidia*******
 
Old 10-16-2002, 06:42 PM   #5
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I've just checked the book,and it said version 7 was released with version 4 of XFree86.

Arrrgh. I am going mad.!!!
 
Old 10-16-2002, 07:03 PM   #6
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Were you in X while installing the drivers? If so, you are completely wrong about doing so, you should install drivers without X running. As for source RPM's the command is
rpm --rebuild package.src.rpm && rpm -ihv /usr/src/Redhat/RPMS/arch/package.rpm
 
Old 10-16-2002, 07:08 PM   #7
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No. I wasnt in X :-(
 
Old 10-16-2002, 08:23 PM   #8
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After playing around with XF86Config and XF86Config-4
x is only using the XF86Config, as any change made here has an effect (only bad though)

I must be in 8bit 640x480.
All i want is a half decent res and colour.

Any suggestions?

Can i force it to load the XF86Config-4 ????
 
Old 10-17-2002, 12:01 PM   #9
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No joy so far.
I have changed various settings in XF86Config, like default depth, and this only produces errors when opening X.


All the drivers are loaded in ok, but XConfigurator will not allow me to use anything but vga.
Do I just give up on the GeForce4
Give up on Red Hat
Put up with a crappy display, or no X
Or put up with Mr Gates crapware.

I am so close but still so far.......
 
Old 10-17-2002, 12:17 PM   #10
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right, ok you seem to be suffering! after ensuring that your graphics card is upported by X4, you should be able to run "xf86config --expert" and then you should get an option to choose which version of X to load. personally that never worked for me... always reverted o 3.3.6, but never mind. if you're sure 4 will work, i'd just remove the 3.3.6 with rpm -e and then load X.

also to clarify things, as and when you have 4.2.0 or whatever running, move your XF86Config-4 file to just XF86Config, and then you'll have erased all thrace of 3.3.6. the -4 is used by 4.x if and only if it exists, in order to make the two versions available on the same system if desired.

incidentally, also check what "ls -l /etc/X11/X" says. if it points to /blah/XFree86 then that will mean 4.x is configured, it it's anything else, e.g. /blah/XF86Svga then it's 3.3.x
 
  


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