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Old 03-06-2003, 02:39 AM   #1
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Xserver, newbie stuff..

I'm trying to figure out how to install drivers for my Geforce 4 under Mandrake 9.0 (Gnome).

How exactly do you shut down the Xserver and restart it once you're done?

And if you have any other advice about installing the Nvidia drivers, I'm all ears

Old 03-06-2003, 03:21 AM   #2
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to shut X off CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE should do the trick. and to turn it back on again: at the prompt type startx

as far as the nVidia drivers i don't know but i have read a lot around the forum that if you follow the install man then you will be ok.
Old 03-06-2003, 03:48 AM   #3
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Well, that does assume you are in runlevel 3 already. However, if you boot up into a graphical login manager (runlevel 5) then you will have to choose an alternate method, since CTRL ALT BACKSPACE will only restart the X server in init 5.

So, I usually suggest:
Login as root, and type:
init 3

You can also, while in CTRL ALT F2:
ps -aux
Find all pid's associated with X and kill them.

Another method is to edit your /etc/inittab file, change the default runlevel to 3, and shutdown and reboot. This will start you at a command prompt login screen.

Any of the above should work...

As for the drivers...

First off, you will want to make sure you have the development packages installed, that will include gcc, binutils and so on. If you have gcc installed, it's most likely you will have the rest of the packages as well. Then, get the source tarballs (tar.gz) and use them as they are the most dependable. From there it's a search on this site for 1 of the hudreds of threads on this already, or simply following the README files for the driver



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