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Old 10-15-2009, 04:45 AM   #1
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RHEL 5.1 wont install in graphics mode on Dell M6300

Greetings All - linux newbie here. I have a need to install Linux 5.1 on my Dell M6300 laptop (latest A12 bios) by overwriting the vista business currently there.

I have a 30 day evaluation only and have tried to get past the stage where graphical installation begins. At the point where anaconda is loading the graphics card, the message is Nvidia unknown graphics card 040d and the screen goes blank. Plugging into an external monitor and doing the F8 thing gives the same message.

So then I tried loading 5.1 in text mode and this worked fine, even recognising the newtork! But that's no use to me I guess - the command prompt is not very friendly to linux newbies and I dont suppose I can simply start the gui from there!

So I tried fixing the resolution at 1024 x 768 but the result was the same...

LAstly, I realised I might need updated graphics drivrs from nvidia but have become confused about how to download it (on google chrome, the file is opened and text/binary rather than saved to disk!) and also how to install it up front.

Maybe there is an easy fix here but maybe I should try for a higher release of Linux with better built in drivers?

any thoughts?
Old 10-15-2009, 05:38 AM   #2
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You can download the drivers on some other machine and take it to your laptop and install. But in what format is the drivers file? Is it rpm or bin? If its bin then you will need to change the permissions and allow execute bit there. chmod +x /path/to/driver
After this is done, you can execute the file.

cd /directory/where/file/is
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RHEL is currently on 5.4; you'd likely have more success with that. Every time the HW manufacturers come out with new stuff, the SW guys have to hustle to catch up. Often old SW can't handle new HW, unless the drivers have been backported.


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