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Old 11-07-2002, 01:17 AM   #1
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Question redhat 7.2 and dell I8200 video

i have a dell Inspiron 8200
15inch screen
128mb of ram
dvd rom
geforce 2go

i just installed redhat 7.2

it boots up corectly but after boot up the screen starts flashing alkinds of diferent colored virtical lines.

Nvidea has instalation instructions and they arnt helping to much.

i have the upgrades on cd

i have tried a lot of different things that i have seen on numorise boards

i tried /dev/cdrom but it states access denied

can some one help me? i have been trying to figure this out for 3 hours now.

i am a coplete newbie. i no nothing of mounting or anything that has to do with linux

please help.

thank you,
Old 11-07-2002, 01:38 AM   #2
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if you've already downloaded the video drivers from nvidia and installed them for your version of kernal, you just need to go into /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and edit it. If you can't get into xwindows, but you can get into the command line, i would type in at the command prompt "Xconfigurator" without the quotes. configure your video for the generics and always choose do not probe. for video card driver you would chose "Vesa driver" or something with "Vesa" in it. for the monitor you can choose the dell 1400x laptop display (if it's there - if not choose another dell laptop display choice). When you get to resolution choose 16 and 800x600. that should get you into xwindows. then log in as root and switch your default desktop to kde if you're booted into gnome by clicking the foot start button > programs > system > desktop switching tool . You actually don't need to do this, i just like the kde desktop better. But log out and log back in as root and configure the kde desktop. i just use the defaults. when that's done, you'll need to configure that file i mentioned above. Open any text editor and open the file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. Edit the file to look like this - i wrapped the parts for you to edit in *'s, so don't add the *'s or any text between the *'s:

# XFree86 4.2.0 configuration generated by Xconfigurator 4.10.7

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "XFree86 Configured"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

# Red Hat Linux 6.0 and later use the xfs font server for improved
# interactive performance

Section "Files"
FontPath "unix/:7100"

# Module loading section

******Change This Section in your file to look like this *******

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-buffering
# Load "GLcore" # OpenGL support
# Load "dri" # Direct rendering infrastructure
Load "glx" # OpenGL X protocol interface
Load "extmod" # Misc. required extensions
Load "v4l" # Video4Linux
Load "record" # X event recorder
# You only need the following two modules if you do not use xfs.
Load "freetype" # TrueType font handler
Load "type1" # Adobe Type 1 font handler


Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "off"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

******Change This Section in your file to look like this *******

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Dell 1400X Laptop Display Panel"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "Unknown"
HorizSync 31.5-90.0
VertRefresh 59.0-75.0
Option "dpms"

Section "Device"
Identifier "VESA driver (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
BoardName "Unknown"
Option "NvAgp" "1"
Option "NoLogo" "1"

#Section "Device"
# Identifier "Linux Frame Buffer"
# Driver "fbdev"
# BoardName "Unknown"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "VESA driver (generic)"
Monitor "Dell 1400X Laptop Display Panel"
DefaultDepth 24
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"

#Section "DRI"
# Mode 0666

hope this helps you.

BTW, i have a dell inspiron 8100 that i had to do this the first time i installed linux.

Last edited by megaspaz; 11-07-2002 at 03:43 AM.


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