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Old 01-05-2002, 04:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy TNT 2 and Modem problems

I just installed SuSE 7.3 a few days ago with a quite a little trouble involving getting the data from my FAT32 win2k partion completely defragmented so that the included partition tool could split off a chunk of the windoze partition for linux. I guess the directories in Win2k on a FAT32 partition are handled strangely, so you can't defrag them while windows is running. Eventually I found a tool to do that. Then, it still wouldn't work so I deleted my page file temporarily. Finally, it worked!

Anyway, I have been unable to get my US Robotics 56k modem to connect to the internet. I tried setting up wvdial's config and using it, but it hangs on a certain sound during the modem handshake and eventually returns with some error. Neither kppp nor kinternet work either.

I tried installing some linux drivers for my 3COM WINMODEM linked to on, but I don't really know much about installing from source in Linux. I think there's a problem with header files or something.

I tried updating the drivers for my TNT2 card, since the ones installed originally by YAST2 only support OpenGL in software. The first time, I just tried installing them using the GUI rpm loader in KDE. First, my mouse pointer disappear. Then, when I tried some different things to fix that, and they all failed. So, I figured I'd just install over the new drivers with the old ones. So, I was back where I started.

I figured I would try again following the instructions provided on the FAQ or README (can't remember which) provided on NVidia's page. This time, when I was done I had screwed up the system so badly that when I rebooted, the screen flashed black several times as it attempted to use the new drivers. It failed and the graphical login never came up, instead it was the text login.

Any help with any of these problems would be greatly appreciated!
Old 01-06-2002, 01:25 AM   #2
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I don't know much about winmodem setups, I still can't figure out why my ISA US Robatics isn't working at all, but what regarding upgrading TNT2 drivers you should do it without X running from pure console ( run level 3). Open an XTerm window become root with su and issue
init 3
shortly you'll see a login prompt. Login as root and uninstall NVIDIA_GLX and NVIDIA_kernel drivers with
rpm -e NVIDIA_GLX rpm -e NVIDIA_kernel
cd /into/derictory/where/NVIDIA/rpms/are
rpm -ihv NVIDIA_kernel NVIDIA_GLX

Now it's time to edit your /etc/X11/XFree86config-4 file
use a text editor you are most familiar with I prefer vi
in the Device section substitute Driver "nv" with Driver "nvidia"
in the Module section get rid off Load "Glcore" and Load "dre" and add Load "glx" save yuor changes logout with exit
relogin as a normal user and issue
If the drivers are loaded you'll see NVIDIA splash screen and desktop afterwords.
Good luck.

Last edited by neo77777; 01-06-2002 at 01:26 AM.
Old 01-08-2002, 01:11 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice neo77777. At least my TNT 2 is working now.

I still need help with the modems.


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