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Old 09-11-2003, 08:55 PM   #1
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DVD?...urm...HOW?


hi

i have got mandrake 9.1 and i can't play dvd's i get the following errors.

xine error = computer too slow and it says i should try and tweek it but i have tried all the options the program has (SLOW MY A$$!! im running a p4 2.4ghz MACHINE with 512 Mb ram and a Gforce 4 mx440 video card with 128mb ram)

mplayer error = program closes (all by it's magical self) and there are no errors printed on the screen it just closes.

my dvd player's "label" (i guess) is cdrom0 (MCC) and cdrom1 (on the desktop) there is no device dvd in dev/dvd
thanx in advance!
 
Old 09-11-2003, 09:07 PM   #2
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Have you installed the nvidia drivers?
Can you play any form of video file?

Cheers
 
Old 09-11-2003, 09:42 PM   #3
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hi thanks for the reply

i thought that the nvidia drivers would be installed along with mandrake.

if not i have read the posts on nvidia drivers and...urm..im still a little unclear about all this. what nvidia driver do i use (there is millions ovem) and are they installed through RPM's coz if not i am going to need some help BIG TIME!

my card is an generic GFource 4 mx440 (xpert vision...thats what it says on the box) its got 128mb ram

it also struggles with that game...urm u know the one with the little space ship shooting stuff..sorry.. i have to communicate through windblows (goddam winmodem)
 
Old 09-11-2003, 10:02 PM   #4
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The drivers in mandrake are generic and will run Nvidia chips but nowhere near their potential.
Have a look at the linux newbie forum > FAQ nvidia thread

The latest drivers are an all in one installation, and there is also the nvchooser that you can use if you have problems.

Just make sure you read all the instructions.
It is also useful if you can navigate via the command line and can navigate through a text editor such as vi or vim etc.
I highly recommend a little practice first if you are not familiar.

cheers
 
Old 09-12-2003, 12:28 AM   #5
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argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......this is gonna suck ......ill tell yu how i do

thanks.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 01:02 AM   #6
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Don't stress, and don't rush, just make sure you can succesfully navigate through files and directories, once you become a little more familiar with the file structure of linux it will not feel so daunting.

Have fun
 
Old 09-12-2003, 02:59 AM   #7
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hi people!

success (tadah) i think?....

i installed the divers as per instucted by the NVIDIA FAQ...(lyer) but i have not edited the XFree86-4Config file. i had craped my self when faced with this vi thingy and felt i had to do more research. i uninstalled the drivers and then rebooted AAAAAAH!!! so after mandrake had its hart attack (it did TRY and boot kde...flicker..blue screen..flicker..black skreen..ect) however i was able to reinstall the drivers (at this point i was thinking the worst) and then rebooted into kde.....well mutch to my supprise it worked! so i went to MCC and went to hardware and muked around with the settings of my card and changed to XFree86Config-4 and i then rebooted. now i see the pretty NVIDIA splash and every thing! but deep down inside i think i should edit the XFee86config-4 file i would be happy but i do not think it is supposed to work like this i would like to ask if there is a command reference guid for vi for example (i will use dos cammands) dir/w=show contents of directory in a window, del *.*=delete all files in a directory ect... any help with this would be FANTASTIC!!!!
 
Old 09-12-2003, 03:24 AM   #8
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ok i have vi commands sorted but should i edit the XFree86Config file? it seems to be working fine but then again i have not run any opengl games yet. should i or shouldn't i ?

thanx
 
Old 09-12-2003, 08:34 AM   #9
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Yes you need to edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file and being 9.1 all you have to do is change the line under the Device section from "nv" to "nvidia" and that shoul be it. I have the same video card you have and thast all I had to do. If you installed the drivers and untill you edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file the new drivers arn't used so you didnt need to unload them to keep using the stock MDK drivers.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 08:36 AM   #10
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well i do not know what the hell is going on here is my Xfree86-4Config file.

File generated by XFdrake.

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't
work
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libglx.so"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us_intl"
Option "XkbCompat" ""
Option "XkbOptions" ""
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Plug'n Play"
HorizSync 30-70
VertRefresh 50-160

# Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?
# 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync
ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -vsync

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"
EndSection


Nuthing like what they were describing in the NVIDIA DRIVERS FAQ.

any sugestions?
 
Old 09-12-2003, 08:38 AM   #11
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whoops excuse last!!!!!!!

thanks Courtrrb
 
Old 09-12-2003, 08:42 AM   #12
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oh yer IM STILL NOT GETTING DVD PLAYBACK ARGH!!

same old story please read original post

thanx
 
Old 09-12-2003, 10:47 PM   #13
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Post DVD playback (or learning to crawl before trying to walk)

Ok, here's the deal:
You seem to be running X ok and your again. When you start Mandrake, do you still see the Nvidia logo? If you don't then your drivers aren't loaded.
If you do, then test by running Chromium or Armagetron or Tux Racer. (Or my personal favourite: Quake III Arena)
Make sure you're running the ALSA drivers of whatever sound card you're using. (available through the Mandrake Control Centre) - This is a side issue. It shouldn't effect your playback a huge amount, but if you want ac3 passthrough ALSA drivers are a lot easier to get working than OSS drivers.
I think the Xine is the easiest to get working, so use Xine. Make sure you've got all the files that come with your CDs. The easiest way to check if you have everything installed is to do a search for Xine in the Mandrake Packages utility in the Mandrake Control Centre.
Also, having a winmodem doesn't mean you can't get dial-up working under mandrake. You'll need to find out what chip your winmodem uses and download the drivers yourself. - Lots of vendors are supplying downloadable drivers, but Mandrake won't include them because they're not open source.
Sounds like you've got a lot to keep you busy. Don't worry about it. You'll figure it out.
Cheers,
Marcus
 
Old 09-12-2003, 11:15 PM   #14
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thanks marcus!

yer the NVIDIA splash is there and chromium works excellent!

ok....ALSA drivers....urm....where can i get info on ALSA drivers? ( i have seen the name and i even know what it stands for..... Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) is there a newbie faq some where or a how to? this could be the answer to my problem! coz zine does bitch about the sound when i get the error message (see original post...doubt it's gonna help though).

thanx
 
Old 09-12-2003, 11:26 PM   #15
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oh yer

winmodem..... i have been to linmodems.org (i think thats right) and i have downloaded the drivers from there because the BASTARDS!!! at ESS will not give us linux drivers. but this is WAY over my head. i think i will get a hardware modem (cheater!!!)
 
  


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