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Old 05-21-2004, 04:21 AM   #16
shoki_neu
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I also have Mandrake 10. Since Mandrake 9, X server acts funky: sometimes I can get my resolution as hibh as 1280*1024 in 15 bi color, but usually I go fo 8 bit color. The thin is that 15 bit color works only sometimes, and most of the times I get 15 bit color, but resolutoin goes waaay down. There is no pattern in this behaviour.
Weird.

Now, when I'm on Mandrake10, the resolution goes up to 1152*??? in 15 bit color, but stil sometimes. Usually I work with 256 colors, which would be fine with me if some programs (Qt driven) wouldn't make problems (read: crash).

I have 2MB of video RAM (I'ts an oooold machine, but serves me well ) so restricrtions are understandable, but why does X sometimes let me go 'over the top'???

Thanx in advance
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Old 05-21-2004, 07:27 AM   #17
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I'm really sorry that I didn't see that you already put in the values from the monitor - should have slept on it and then read my email

Change the values in the SECTION MONITOR to the ones in the manual (horizsync to 35-95 and vertrefresh to 50-150 and then change the SECTION DEVICE so that the Driver is "nv" instead of "VESA" and see if it'll work. Your vid card is based on the Nvidia FX5700 chip, so the nvidia driver should produce results.

Of course, youc an also do xf86config again and select to enter your own values for horiz and vert and then choose to look at the card database. Choose the Generic Nvidia driver, which should be #18. This would be the long way around to the same thing.

Another thing that may be handy, if you don't already have this section, wuold be to have this:
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Section "ServerFlags"
AllowMouseOpenFail
EndSection
Its a thought.
 
Old 05-21-2004, 05:51 PM   #18
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I`m back again.
I did get a screen of sorts but it was illegible, on further investigation by looking in /var/log/XFree86.0.log I found that the nv driver does not support my card.
On looking at some other forums I managed to find a driver for the card
"NVIDIA-Linux-X86-1.0.5336-pkg1.run"
I have downloaded the driver and to get it to my other machine I can use a CDRW disc or a 32mb USB flash drive.
How do I use the mount command in the text interface and how do I install it to xf86.
Then how do I select it for my graphics card.
Once it is installed will it be available to choose in XF86Config?.
Thanks for your help so far.
I am asking these questions because although I have read about this I do not fully understand it and I do not want to mess it up.
 
Old 05-21-2004, 06:14 PM   #19
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Jeez! What have they done to that poor Nvidia chip? If you "man mount" you'll get a much better description than I could ever give. Usually, its as easy as
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mount /mnt/cdrom
but sometimes certain filesystems need more switches. You may want to download the linux driver from the site for your video card. I was looking at it a while back when you first posted a question. Then, you'll know its the right one. I wonder if Nvidia has a forum...
 
Old 05-24-2004, 05:21 AM   #20
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Still trying and more determined than ever, this is not going to beat me.
I went onto the Nvidia site and downloaded the driver and burnt it to disc.
Then I started up the Linux computer and went into root mounted the cd and checked the cd directory was available(mkdir /mnt/cdrom) then entered init2 to cancel Xserver and get into text, then I typed cd /mnt/cdrom to access the cdrom directory and followed the installation instructions from the Nvidia site which said to type
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run
and when I press enter it is coming up as no such file or directory.
I need these files installed so I can get a legible GUI as at the moment I can only work in text.
Can anyone see where I have gone wrong.
The command reads like this,
[root@localhost cdrom]#sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run
 
Old 05-24-2004, 11:55 AM   #21
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Ignore the previous post I got into the installer only to be told after accepting the license that no precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel.
So onto the net to download one and the installer said their was not one so I pressed OK and this message came up Unable to find the kernel source tree for the currently running kernel, please make sure you have installed the kernel source file for your kernel.
Where would I find this and how do I go about it.
 
Old 05-24-2004, 05:11 PM   #22
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As long as you haven't upgraded your kernel yet (which I am sure you haven't), you should find the kernel-source on the cd. Try "urpmi kernel-source" and see if it installs. It may ask you to choose one, as Mandy 10 actually ships with the 2.4 kernel as well as 2.6. Select the 2.6 one and install it. Try again with the nvidia driver. You should have better results.
 
Old 05-25-2004, 03:10 AM   #23
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YIPPEE

Thank you for all your help, I am sending this reply from Mandy 10, I did not have to make the choice as it installed the 2.6 kernel.
May I come back to you if I have any more queries.
I am now a very happy Bunny.
Regards Alan.
 
Old 05-25-2004, 07:31 AM   #24
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You're gonna love some of the little thinkgs that are under the hood (even KDE has some new tricks up its sleeve - bouncing busy cursors, kewl choices for boot logos, the ability to open more than one session at the same time). If you like trying software out, go to Easy Urpmi and get a nice urpmi update set up. I suggest the proxad mirror from France. It seems fast from where I get my internet feed (eastern Canada). There's a lot of stuff in the contrib and plf trees that one wouldn't dream of. Its a candy store for a software junkie!
 
  


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