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suselinux 08-30-2001 06:35 AM

XF86 video setup, startx not working
I am doing one of my first installs of Mandrake 7.1, and have a NVIDIA GeForce SDRAM 64MB AGP video crad.
The install went well, however, I told the system to boot into graphical mode and it doesn't.
I have types, startx, startkde, kde, and etc, and I get a server error, something about the server for my video card is not right.

With this video card, what must I do in xf86config or XF86Setup for Mandrake to load the GUI?

Is there some way to load drivers in Linux?

Thanksfrom a newbie.

acid_kewpie 08-30-2001 07:09 AM

The Geforce cards have special closed source drivers, available from without them i *think* the card will only run on XFree86 3 not 4.

I had to sort all that out at the start of the week, all sorted out lovely. Mandrake didn't install X windows 4 completely, and i found out that i was using 3 without knowing. the only real way i know of to find out quite which server you are using is to run 'ls -l /etc/X11/X'.
If this points to /usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86 it should be 4, if it's /usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86_SVGA or similar, it'll be 3 i THINK.

make sure all the 4.0.3 rpm's are installed from your system, and remove all 3.3.6 ones (except Xfree86-contribs) using rpm -e. Probably easiest to remove the old ones once X is working.

Oh and another thing, to try and make X use 4.0.3 run 'Xconfigurator --expert' and you SHOULD be able to choose which version...

Oh, and you should only ever need to run startx to load it, not startkde or such

cinnix 08-30-2001 09:17 AM

For RPM based systems you can check the version of a package by using rpm with the -q option. If you use the -a option with it, you can see a listing of all rpms.

I would check for my version of X the following way.


rpm -qa | grep X
This should list all of your X packages.

suselinux 08-30-2001 09:29 AM

Thanks guys. I will run these commands as well as download the driver from NVIDIA and run Xconfigurator. I will report my results.

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