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Old 11-23-2004, 04:29 AM   #1
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Unhappy Problem installing NVIDIA drivers (MANDRAKE 10.0)


I would like to receive some help with a problem i'm having installing the NVIDIA drivers.

I have Mandrake Official 10.0 installed (in dual-boot with WinXP). The graphic card i have is an Nvidia TNT 2 Model 64, with 32MB. I have downloaded the latest NVIDIA drivers from their site, and followed the instructions for install:

- exiting X to console
- logging as root
- executing the *.run file downloaded
- editing the XF86Config-4 file to replace "nv" by "nvidia"
- making sure Load "glx" is there and not the other 2 (which i don't remember now, but i checked and they weren't in the Module section)

Everything works just fine during install. No problem at all. Then i startx and things get messy:

i get the Nvidia splash screen (white backgroung and Nvidia logo in the middle) when starting X. But the splash screen, if i do remember well from a previous mdk install in which i achieved to have the nvidia drivers working fine, should only remain visible a few seconds (well, not even a second, i believe). Mine appears and then stays there.

And then, it kind of "stops refreshing" the screen: of the program windows i open, i can only see the borders, not the interior. It is like if the interior of all windows was transparent. So i see through the windows, and i should see the desktop underneath if it was there, but there's only the nvidia logo... And when i close a window, it remains drawn on the screen (well, just the borders, cause that's all i can see).

I could post a screenshot if only i knew how to take it from Linux (yes: i am such a )

I have looked around in many forums for a similar problem, but have found nothing.

I have checked the X log file to see if there were many WW (warnings) or EE (errors) lines, but there aren't: it says it loads nvidia properly...

A year or so ago, i had mdk 9 and i got nvidia drivers to work properly.

Does anybody know about this problem? Help me quiting MS !!

(i am currently at work - and working hard, you may guess - and i can't attach the XF86Config-4 or Xfree86.log files, but i someone thinks it maight be useful, i'll attach them later this evening).

Thank you all in advance !
 
Old 11-23-2004, 02:20 PM   #2
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Try adding the line:
Code:
nvidia
as the last entry in your etc/modprobe.preload file.

If that doesn't sort it out, the have a read through this thread:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=194100
This thread covers installing and troubleshooting the nvidia drivers for Mandrake.

Oh, and to take a screenshot you want Ksnapshot
 
Old 11-23-2004, 02:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help, pongmaster

i have tried adding that line to /etc/modprobe.preload, but i still get the same results.

I'll take a look at the thread you mention, i'll tell you if it went ok.

PS: and thanks for telling me about Ksnapshot but in the state my KDE is, i'm afraid i can't see the Ksnapshot window, so no buttons, no options, no screenshots, no nothing maybe if i take a photo xD
 
Old 11-23-2004, 05:51 PM   #4
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It might just be a case of installing an older/different driver pack.
I had terrible trouble getting the latest version to work properly with my hardware (a GeForce3 200Ti) but I tried the prior version and it installed without a hitch.

If you get problems, post back and I'm sure someone will help you. The nature of my work means that during the Christmas/winter months I don't get as much time on the PC and at the forums as I would like, but I'm sure that someone here will help you out.
 
Old 11-24-2004, 09:46 PM   #5
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I have the exact same card and have the same problem with Fedora Core 3. I'm looking around for a fix, and if I find one I'll post it here.

Edit:
Found a solution for FC3, might work for you aswell. The latest drivers seemed to be the problem. Had to install the 6111 drivers instead. Try this link and see if it helps any.

Last edited by Noaki; 11-24-2004 at 10:34 PM.
 
Old 11-25-2004, 03:58 AM   #6
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Thanks for the hint, Noaki, i'll try with an older version of the drivers this evening, hope it'll work !!
 
Old 11-25-2004, 04:05 AM   #7
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i also had this problem.... here is how u fix it... don't use the 6629 drivers instead use the 5336 drivers... for some reason these work as they should... happy days
 
Old 11-25-2004, 07:32 AM   #8
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wow, this forum is just GREAT !! well, in fact is YOU PEOPLE who are GREAT !!

thanks to you all for your help !

i haven't yet tried the solutions propposed, but just getting so much feedback is on itself great !

It's good to see such an active and helpful community
 
Old 11-25-2004, 02:03 PM   #9
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I have tried 6106 drivers and they seem to work: i get the Nvidia logo but just a fraction of a second, i get into KDE with no problems.

Nevertheless, i did find graphics a bit slow, so i have tried the glxgears command and that's what i got:

1424 frames in 5.0 seconds = 284.800 FPS
1442 frames in 5.0 seconds = 288.400 FPS
1549 frames in 5.0 seconds = 309.800 FPS
1548 frames in 5.0 seconds = 309.600 FPS
1549 frames in 5.0 seconds = 309.800 FPS
1548 frames in 5.0 seconds = 309.600 FPS
1548 frames in 5.0 seconds = 309.600 FPS
1548 frames in 5.0 seconds = 309.600 FPS
1549 frames in 5.0 seconds = 309.800 FPS
1548 frames in 5.0 seconds = 309.600 FPS

I have checked on other posts if these FPS are expectable, but i believe they are not. There was someone else with a similar problem, (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=220559) but his thread ends without a solution.

Does anybody know about a possible solution for these low FPS?

Last edited by mddb; 11-25-2004 at 02:59 PM.
 
Old 11-25-2004, 04:32 PM   #10
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i forgot the glgears command ) i mean for the fps any way my setup is (i know no-one asked but when i post the results they will have somekind of benchmark

ECS j75sa mobo
amd duron 1200 clocked @ 1300 (i know, but every little helps eh)
80 +40 gig hd's
nvidia geforce 4 440 mx 128MB ddr
512 MB sdram @133 (i know i know )
dvd rw
cdr/rw
mandrake 10.1 official
nvidia 5336 drivers

anyway good luck :d
 
Old 11-26-2004, 09:59 AM   #11
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mddb:
In your XF86Config-4 file, add the line
Code:
Option "NvAGP" "3"
add it directly after the 'driver' entry you changed to 'nvidia'.

If using option 3 doesn't work for you, then try replacing the 3 with either 0,1 or 2.
You can also turn off the splash screen by adding:
Code:
Option "NoLogo" "1"
 
  


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