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Old 01-18-2004, 06:46 PM   #1
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Geforce card prevents booting in Linux with GUI, HELP!

Okay, heres the problem.

I installed a dual boot with Red Hat Linux 9 and Winblows XP because I wanted to learn to use Linux (besides, I couldn't stand Winblows anymore, and although I had a Mac OS X laptop it's too expensive to replace all my computers with Macs, so Linux is the obvious choice).

Well, I had a hard time figuring out a few things. I had some bugs, such as lack of support for my wireless card, not being able to figure out how to compile source code into a binary, etc. So after a day or two, I gave up for a while.

A few weeks later I asked a friend who knows Linux how to compile the source code, and he said to navigate to the folder in terminal and type "/configure", then "make install". I DO know how to use UNIX (a little bit...), so that much I am capable of. Meanwhile I had recently installed a new 128 MB Geforce FX 5200 (previously had integrated Intel Extreme graphics chip). So now, I choose Red Hat Linux from the boot loader, and it starts booting up...and then I get a blank box with Yes and No in it. When I hit no, it sends me to the UNIX command line where I can log in and use UNIX commands, but no RH Linux. When I hit Yes, it gives a bunch of information about a problem with XFree86. Then I press okay, and it tries to boot anyway using the generic driver. Bam, screen turns into a staticy mess for about half a minute, then it goes back to the UNIX command line.

I forgot that when I put in the new graphics card, Linux would still be set to use the old graphics driver. I tried to reinstall Linux, but I couldn't do it graphically because Linux can't recognize my graphics card (meaning the disk doesn't have the Geforce FX drivers on it). I found the download site for the nvidia drivers, but now I don't have the slightest clue what I can do with them since I can't boot into Linux graphically.

How can I install the drivers from UNIX?
How can I set Linux to USE the nvidia drivers instead of the generic drivers?

I can't use Linux until someone helps me with this
Old 01-18-2004, 07:19 PM   #2
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Did you follow the Nvidia README?
Old 01-18-2004, 08:31 PM   #3
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Found that a short time ago. I followed a point. They didn't explain how to get the drivers onto the computer when you can only access UNIX...I burned them on a CD-RW and did a bunch of work to figure out how to mount the CD ROM drive, lol. I got it, installed the drivers, etc...

Now for the problem. I have to edit the XF86Config file.

How can I do this in UNIX? I navigated to the /etc/X11/ folder, but i don't know how to edit it.

more XF86Config only displays the can I edit it?
Old 01-18-2004, 09:01 PM   #4
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Edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config using good old UNIX vi. The command is "vi /etc/X11/XF86Config" (without the quotes). I would suggest first backing it up in case you decide to go back to your old video card though. Just "cp XF86Config XF86Config.old" or something similar once you're in the /etc/X11 directory. There are several good tutorials on using vi which you may want to browse through before using it on your config file, or just practice on a test file or something first to get familiar with it. Google around to find a simple tutorial.

Good luck,

Jim Dishaw
Old 01-18-2004, 09:09 PM   #5
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This is a great beginners guide to vi. Also, when you are installing generic apps, you do ./configure, then make, then make install. If you just do make install, it'll complain about nothing to install, since you know... you didn't make it :P. If you want, I can put up my XF86Config file (I have the same card) so you can look at it, provided you need a template.
Old 01-19-2004, 02:20 AM   #6
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Thanks, Vi did the trick, and Linux booted up! Now I can try to actually figure out how to use it, lol



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