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Old 10-16-2004, 03:24 AM   #1
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XFree86 and NVidia

First off I want to say (like probably a lot of people do on this site :P) that I'm new to linux...But I'm learning.

Anyway, I'm trying out a distro "Ubuntu"...Installs fine, but when I try to launch xwindows ("startx" is the command if im not mistaken), it tells me that it can't find any video adapters, and something like "No screens are installed".

Sooo....Having no idea what a command line based editor for linux is (all my linux experiance is through xwindows...go figure), I'm having some difficulty reading or even finding the xwindows configuration files to change or even view them.

Not to mention on installing Ubuntu, the grub boot loader it threw on without asking completely demolished my windows boot loader without the option to boot into windows...That took forever and a half to figure out how to get back into this POS OS :P.

Anyway, any help with this would be appreciated, this is the first distro I've tried using on my Nvidia 6800 GT, but I've never had any problems in the past with my old Nvidia 5900...But who knows

Anyway, if you can't help no big deal, I'll just find another distro or something..Thanks
Old 10-16-2004, 03:41 AM   #2
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Well first off, nearly every *nix out there has vi installed as it's editor. Vi can be hard to use for those who have never used it, so I would reccomend using either pico or joe to edit your files.

Further if you search the forums there are tons of threads on how to get nvidia cards working. It's not difficult.
Old 10-16-2004, 06:20 AM   #3
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Greetings fellow noob! I believe you can use "sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86" to reconfigure your xserver (the "framebuffer" option has never worked for me & always resulted in no usable screens being found). If you re-run the installer using "expert" you can skip down to the bottom & re-install grub (then reboot).
Old 10-16-2004, 01:02 PM   #4
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You will need to grab the latest nvidia drivers from for best perfomance out of your card and don't foget to append --opengl-headers to the installer for gl support.

For now you may be able to use the old nvidia driver that comes with X. Just make sure you select the "nv" driver when you run xf86config, it's number 18 on the list I think.
Old 10-17-2004, 12:48 AM   #5
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Angry Grrr

None of that seemed to work...Maybe I'm just not doing it right?

Anyway, at the error message I get on the top of the screen its saying that it skips 4 files (the 4 I can see) because it can't find any symbols in them...They seem pretty important to the whole drawing thing so I dunno that might have something to do with that.

Doesn't seem to matter if I have frame buffer enabled or not...Same thing happens. Grar...I don't know, anyone else have any ideas?



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