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Old 09-13-2003, 01:49 AM   #1
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Redhat and NVIDIA

Hi All,
I'm a newbie on this linux stuff so I need spoon feeding...

recently I subscribed to PC Pro magazine and the first DVD came with Redhat 9 as a 3 ISO Set. I have plenty of hard disk space and so I figured what the hell, I may as well have a go... problems started straight away.

Upon first starting the install, redhat attempts to load an X Windows interface for the installer - this is where it fails, the screen goes blank and the monitor clicks and the LED Goes from green to orange, which I take to be a problem with the display?

I figure that it doesnt recognise my graphics card - which is an ASUS, GeForce FX 5600 (nvidia, 128 MB RAM) 8X AGP card - and so i elect to go for text mode install. I go through the install process no problems, but without having the chance to configure my graphics,I decide to install everything so nothing is missed out. Once this is setup, I decide not to write to the Master Boot Record and elect to go for a floppy bootup, This done I reboot my system and what do you know, the same 'Monitor Dies' Problem is there again, so without giving up I decide to go for text mode on bootup - type 'linux 3' at the prompt, this gives me text mode login. My XFree86Config File does not have the mention of the word nvidia anywhere.

So doing a bit of googling I get the idea that I need to install the NVIDIA Kernel, at this point I am lost and have no idea what to do - I thought doing linux was going to be fun, but it just turns out to be a pain.

I don't really want to give up on it but I am at a loss where to go next - how do i install this nvidia kernel, where do i get it from, am I on the right track?

Can anybody help me?

thanks in advance

Old 09-13-2003, 02:36 AM   #2
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Try 'xf86config' or 'redhat-config-xfree' to reconfigure X.then try 'startx' to go to X.You can install the drivers provided by nVidia.It is not so tough. should be your driver.Follow the instructions they provide.i.e,read the README file etc carefully.
Old 11-03-2003, 11:22 PM   #3
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sorry!!! trying to find out how to post a thread of my own, so im not piggybacking.

Last edited by Billy Bob 1981; 11-04-2003 at 02:39 PM.
Old 11-04-2003, 01:36 AM   #4
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The "vesa" drivers have worked on every box Ive installed on, Im using them now on a 2003 Toshiba laptop, I just cant play Tux racer , no 3d but I can watch vidios mpg, avi ect.
Hang in there with Linux you sound like you already know more about computing than me and Ive gotten every thing working on my Mandrake partition including the latest Nvidia drivers.
If your not comfortable with the command line ,like me, try a reinstall and you can configure your hardware, at some point a screen will pop up alowing you to do that.
All you should need with a Redhat install is just a little knowledge of the hardware you have and try the "vesa" drivers for display you can always change them, if you really need 3D acceleration.
Write back with any problems, one of the best things about linux is the community.


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