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Old 02-08-2005, 01:17 PM   #1
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Installed Mandrake 10.1 but Nvidia 6800 Drivers not working?


So the install went fine except for where it asked for my graphical options. I selected the NVIDIA 6800 (generic) driver and my monitor as a generic 1024*768 @ 70Hz.

When I tried to test it said something like:

Error (EE) Cannot find device specified or summat like that.

So I figure I'll see if the install goes OK and then go from there. So now I am at my console prompt and need to know where to go from here from you kind people :-) I'm sure with some basic instructions I'll muddle through, just a link to a nice article would be cool

One last thing, on bootup it was taking ages so I went into verbose mode and saw that my eth0 and eth1 interfaces werent coming up - any ideas on this before I boot up into it?

Thank you
Old 02-08-2005, 03:33 PM   #2
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well normally, if your install has gone ok, it should be using the generic nvidia driver (nv).

If you want to use the actual nvidia driver, you have to down load it, then go into init 3 login (all text) and run it, then you make a couple of file changes which actually tell the system the driver to use - the run part of that actually makes the kernel module for it - then if you want to installl a different kernel you have to do it again.

here's the link to the nvidia drivers page - get the readme file as well, it has pretty good instructions on how to install the driver.

But, before you start trying to install it, open a terminal, and do
uname -r
that tells you what kernel version you're using and then go into the software manager and you will need to get the kernel-sources for that kernel installed - the nvidia driver wil not install without both the kernel and kernel sources.

Maybe that helps a little



p.s. the file that you'd need to mod is something like /etc/X11/xorg.conf and has a bit that looks like this ------->

# Device configured by xorgconfig:

Section "Device"
Identifier "** NVIDIA (generic) [nv]"
Driver "nvidia"
#VideoRam 65536
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

Where it says "Driver" (without the quotes), yours should just say "nv" with the quotes for the system to work with the generic driver, if it says "nvidia" like my example that's why it won't give you a GUI because you're telling it to use the proper nvidia driver, but you won't have got it installed.
Old 02-08-2005, 04:25 PM   #3
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I think you have mis-read it. I can't get into any graphical environment at all :-(

But I will post my files you have requested :-)


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