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Old 01-14-2006, 08:55 PM   #1
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Installing NVidia graphics driver hangs X

I recently upgraded to Mandriva Linux 2006, and I've run into a problem regarding the NVidia graphics driver. I downloaded the most recent copy of the driver and ran the installer. Apparently, everything went through without a problem. I then allowed the utility to complete the configurations after the install, but when I tried to start X, my entire system froze.

I assumed that this must have been an error with the utility, so I rebooted and manually edited my xorg.conf file. However, the results were the same. This is strange because my previous Mandriva distro (10.1) worked fine with the NVidia driver.

I'm sure that I've done what was needed, but perhaps I missed something? If so, please help me out. My system is using the stock kernel from the CD's.

Thanks in advance!
Old 01-15-2006, 05:39 PM   #2
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What card do you have? does it have more then just one port for monitor? or 2 like many cards do? Does your xorg.conf use internal agpgart or the one with mandriva? does it work well useing "vesa" as a driver?

more info, pls
Old 01-15-2006, 11:09 PM   #3
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Your problem is most likely DKMS. Its a flakey way Mandrive tries to install the nvidia driver. your best bet is to follow the How-to listed below. It will remove the dkms modules and allow you to install the source driver.

Old 01-17-2006, 03:20 PM   #4
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I've got a GeForce4 420 Go card, and I'm running my distro on a Toshiba 1415-S173 laptop, though I should have probably mentioned that before. I configured my xorg.conf file to try to use the kernel's own agp-gart modules, but I think the problem rests with the NVidia driver itself (v 1.0-8178). Unfortunately, removing DKMS didn't work as for the driver itself.

As a temporary workaround (if you want to call it that), I've ditched the aforementioned driver version and downloaded a slightly older copy, version 1.0-7676, and now everything seems to be alright.

Also, by browsing the discussion forums provided by NVidia, it appears that quite a few people are having similiar problems, and so I think I'll check around there for a solution.

Anyway, thanks!


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