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Old 08-12-2001, 03:32 PM   #1
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Unhappy trouble with Xconfigurator

I recently installed RH Linux 7.0 on my Dell desktop computer on the third 2nd logical partition to setup a multi-boot system running Windows Me (please forgive me, this was
prepackaged with the Dell) and Win 2000. Unfortunately the post-installation setup turned
out to be a nightmare.

XConfigurator failed repetedly. The probe found my monitor (Dell E770s), matching also the horizontal and vertical frequencies exactly, aso this shouldn't be a problem. The probe for my video adapter (nVIDIA geforce Mx 4x 32mb), however, failed and left me with the option to set it up manually. I was asked first, how much memory my graphics card had - easy enough, 32mb. The next item stumped me, though, relatied to the card's clockchip
... I have no idea what a clock chip is, so I went down the list trying every one... and each one failed during Xconfigurater's final test. I also tried multiple enumerationsof the screen res and bitage. No luck.

To make a long story short. I was able to successfully boot into Linux, (aside network, nfslock, and httpd failing), reach the Linux kernel shell and login as root. After typing the command startx, however, I get fatal error: cannot find screen. Obviously Linux doesn't like my graphics card, although it recgnized a generic "nvidia geforce dde", or sth like that during xconfig...

This may be my prompt to just learn how to operate linux from the kernel and forget about xwindows. Being a , however, I am very eager to easily see what RH
has to offer by browsing the options through an easy-to-understand gui environment. Would installing a driver for my card help? If so, what steps should I take in doing so?
The Linux kernel and its common commands are entirely foreign territory to me.

Has anyone encountered this problem before and know how to overcome it??
Old 08-12-2001, 11:13 PM   #2
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You might want to do a search here on the forums, I have seen problems with getting the nVIDIA cards working under Linux. Also check out for info getting it to work. Also I think you can download drivers for nVIDIA from their site.


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