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Old 05-31-2001, 01:55 PM   #1
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I've been trying to get this going for a couple months now, so any help would be appreciated. I installed the drivers by tar file and had no problems there and modified my XF86Config file so It uses the nvidia driver instead of nv. My Modules section has the following

Section "Module"

Load "dbe"

Load "glx"

SubSection "extmod"


Load "type1"

Load "freetype"


X will start up fine, but when i try to run an opengl screensaver it runs, but when i stop the screensaver X restarts. When I try it again the screensaver locks up everything but mouse movement.

I haven't tried quake 3 yet, but before i had opengl working (if you call this working) it would just magnify the screen.

Does anyone have any ideas? If it helps my card is a gainward Geforce 2 MX with 32mb of SDRAM
Old 06-06-2001, 03:01 PM   #2
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Lightbulb I Fixed It!!!

OK, this is how i got my Geforce 2 MX to work under Mandrake 8.0, I'm posting the fix to my own question because it seems like a lot of people are having problems with linux and GeForce 2s, so i hope this helps someone.

go to, and download the the kernel and GLX files.

Get the gzipped tar files because I've heard about problems with the RPMs.

I'm referring to the files as NVIDIA_kernel.tar.gz and NVIDIA_GLX.tar.gz, but you should

use the names appropriate for the ones you downloaded.

Set X so that it doesn't start up when you turn on your computer. Change directories to

where you downloaded the files, mine were in /nvidia.

First to unzip the kernel

gunzip NVIDIA_kernel.tar.gz

tar -xvf NVIDIA_kernel.tar

Now you will have a directory for the Nvidia kernel, change directories to there, then type

make SYSINCLUDE=/usr/src/linux/include

After that we need to get rid of the following mesa files that could get in the way by doing

the following: (don't worry if you don't have all of these files)

cd /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions

mv libGLcore.a libGLcore.a.mesa

mv libglx.a libglx.a.mesa

cd /usr/X11R6/lib






Now we can take care of the GLX file, so cd back to where you put that and:

gunzip NVIDIA_GLX.tar.gz

tar -xvf NVIDIA_GLX.tar

Ok you should have a directory for the GLX file, cd to there and type


We're almost done here now we just configure X, type


when it got to the video card section I just picked the original Geforce, for our purposes it's

close enough for now.

You'll need to know your monitors horizontal and vertical sync ranges, and the amount of memory

on your video card in kb (mine was 32768), and some info about yer mouse and keyboard. After

that's done we just need to modify our XF86Config-4 file. Do that by typing

mcedit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. In the modules section make sure you have the following

Load "dbe"

Load "glx

SubSection "extmod"


Load "type1"

Load "freetype"

Under the Graphics Device Section look for the following:

Driver "nv"

Change this so it says:

Driver "nvidia"

Then save the file and exit midnight commander, you may want to reboot before starting X.

After that I installed Quake 3 to find out it runs faster under windows 2000, but looks

better under linux.


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