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Old 02-01-2002, 04:19 PM   #1
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XFree86 and Dell8000Laptop Screen


I installed RH7.1 on my Dell 8000( 1GHz, 256MB RAM, 15" SVGA+ LCD Monitor). All well.

I used lynx to get nvidia's new drivers for the GeforceGo chip. All Well.

I installed the rpm using rpm -Uvh.... All well.

I startx..DOH! I get an error message saying no monitor/screen has been selected.

I know I need to edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config file, but...
What info do I need to add for the GeforceGo and the 15: SVGA+ LCD?hanks,


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Old 02-03-2002, 01:31 PM   #2
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Ok, I'm sure which version of XFree86 you have on RedHat 7.1 but you can try:

xf86cfg -textmode

Set the driver to "nv" for now, and then choose the screen. I would choose something LESS than 1280x1024 but i am not sure what is the maximum resolution that monitor supports. I know the UltraVGA has top res of 1600x1200 so i take it the SVGA will have something inbetween 1024x768-1280x1024. I would try to pick the highest possible as it will give you the most screen real estate.

After you do that. startx and then download the Nvidia GLX and Nvidia Kernel tarball files from and put them in /root for example and execute the following commands:

tar zxf NVIDIA_kernel-xxx-xxx.tar.gz (note you can always use "ls" to view the contents of the folder, and <tab> to fill in the rest of the information byitself.

tar zxf NVIDIA_GLX-xx-xxx.tar.gz

cd NVIDIA_kernel-xx-x-xx


make install

cd NVIDIA_GLX-xx-xx.


make install

Once you do that just edit the XF86Config file. You will need to remove all entries in the Modules section EXCEPT for "glx".

You will need to change the "nv" into "nvidia".

*****make sure those rpms are deleted before attempting this!
Old 02-03-2002, 01:33 PM   #3
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You can delete rpms with "rpm -e <file>" if you are wondering.


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