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Old 07-21-2008, 02:23 AM   #1
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linux not working

I'm a new user to linux and have 1 linux box running on linux red hat Enterprise 5 client and currently install with nVidia quadro fx3700.
My problem is, when i start boot up linux it show a message nVidia quadro unknown device 061a and the screen turn black with message entering power saving. nothing happen after that. could somebody advice me what should i do?
Old 07-21-2008, 02:55 AM   #2
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Try pressing [ctl][alt][F1] to see if you can get a console. Then you can edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf (I'm not sure if RedHat put that file in the same place) and set the video driver (under the Section "Device") to "vesa". This should allow you to have a low-quality graphical display until you can install the NVidia driver.

People who run RedHat will be able to give you instructions on how to install the correct NVidia driver.

For editors, I always use 'vi', but 'nano' or 'pico' may be friendlier for you.
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/etc/X11/xorg.conf is the correct location on RedHat systems.

Is it a new installation or has the video card been changed?
For a new installation - did the GUI part work during installation or was it a console install?

This is most likely a problem with the X settings. Even if no driver is available for the specific video card, some generic driver should work even so with lower resolutions.

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Old 07-21-2008, 07:56 PM   #4
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i have try to hit ctrl+alt+F1, nothing happen. Then i press on/off button the machine reboot again. I accidentally hit button e, and it shows a
3 lines of statement ( 1st line - root (hd0,2), 2nd line - kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-8.e15 ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol100 rhgb quit, 3rd line - initrd /initrd-2.6.18.e15.img) This is a new machine and it is pre install with all this thing.
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Alright, this should work:

Step 1:
turn computer on.

Step 2:
in grub press e

Step 3:
in kernel ... line, append " single"

Step 4:
press b

Step 5:
login with root password

Step 6:
See response 1 in this thread

Step 7:
at the command prompt type: shutdown -r now
Old 07-22-2008, 12:35 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. You've been helping me. Now i can start using the command prompt. I have check the /etc/X11/xorg.conf ... the device already set to "vesa" . I guess i need to reinstall the graphic driver.
I have brought a book "idiot to linux". With this forum around and this book, i guess i will be no problem using linux. Thank you.


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