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Old 03-12-2005, 10:45 PM   #1
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New Video Card, how to configure?


I installed Mandrake 10 with a Matrox Millenium PCI video card on the PC. All was well, but it was kind of slow and everyone said I ought to try a different video card.

Recently, I borrowed a newer card from a friend, and after installing it in Windows and OS/2, I booted Mandrake and it came up with what I think was xfdrake, asked some questions, and configured everything correctly.

Then I gave my friend his card back, returned to the Matrox, and everyone was happy as the configuration again worked as it should.

Today I decided to go and buy the card, and installed it in those other operating systems, and tonight I booted Mandrake 10 again, and it went to those same config screens, but I guess I answered something wrong, and it threw me out of the configurator, and booted me to the command line prompt, no x server gui.

A reboot always sends me to the command line, and again no GUI, so I am sure that the video is not configured correctly. I have searched for xfdrake to try and run it after logging in as root, but I can't find it.

Can anyone tell me exactly what to do, where to find the file, and how to get it to run so I can configure the new video card?

Please don't leave me hanging by just saying "run such and such" as I am not well versed at the linux command line, and have trouble searching and finding files. When I boot mandrake, it goes to the command line without starting the xserver, and I can log in as root, but that is as far as I know how to go.

Hopefully, someone can tell me the steps to take after I log in as root at the command prompt?

I appreciate any help I can get.

Thanks a lot,

Old 03-13-2005, 12:34 AM   #2
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At the command prompt login as root then type XFdrake
Old 03-13-2005, 03:45 AM   #3
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You can also run "xorgconfig" as root.
Old 03-13-2005, 09:46 AM   #4
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No not quite.

The DM service runs at bootup.

If you try to run the XFdrake configurator, you will either get errors, incorrect results, etc.

You must first kill off the DM service as root with

service dm stop

Also with many cards a kernel module is loaded, which you should also unload before running XFdrake.

e.g. with the nvidia cards there is a module called nvidia.

You must unload it from memory by typing

rmmod nvidia

as root...

To see which modules are loaded type

lsmod | more

as root...
Old 03-13-2005, 11:29 AM   #5
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Originally posted by opjose

The DM service runs at bootup.
If you try to run the XFdrake configurator, you will either get errors, incorrect results, etc.
You must first kill off the DM service as root with

service dm stop

This is what did the trick. Once the DM was stopped, XFdrake ran and everything is okay now.

I sure appreciate everyone helping out. I have quite a log book of commands and ideas that I am learning from everyone, which is making it easier and easier to get around in Mandrake/Linux

Thanks for all the help.



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