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Old 07-08-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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Video card problem?

Hello everyone,
Im having a problem with my new slackware install. I installed slackware 10.0 and it went fine but when I go to boot into it, it boots into text mode, so I typed kdm and gdm and when I do that my screen goes black and the power light on it blinks. Whats going on?

my video card is a "Nvidia GeForce FX 5200"

Old 07-08-2004, 09:02 PM   #2
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try typing startx instead of kdm or gdm.
Old 07-08-2004, 10:38 PM   #3
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Nope a screen flashes for less than a second then it does the same thing as when I type kdm or gdm. Do you think its a video card problem? If so, how do I install drivers via text?

Old 07-09-2004, 12:04 AM   #4
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Have you configure xorg.conf?

I suggest xorgsetup. You still need to do minor adjustment to /etc/X11/xorg.conf after running that script.

It could be when you start xorg.conf, the display goes out of the monitor range.

To install nvidia driver, use the search function.
Old 07-09-2004, 12:16 AM   #5
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Do a

cat /var/log/xorg.0.log <or whatever the file is called> | less

and look thru it to see what went wrong.

Yea, I have the same exact card. I think I set up my DSL connection and used wget to snag the driver and then installed it before I even tried to startx.... But the NV driver should work as well as the vesa driver... Couldn't say for sure cause I didn't try it, but it should. If thats the case then you probably have a res or bit depth problem with the settings for the monitor...

What kind of computer do you have and more importantly, what monitor do you have? Maybe your sync rates are way out of whack, as carboncopy states... For a Dell M992 they should be:

HorizSync 30-96
VertRefresh 50-160

chances are slim that thats what you have, just thought I'd throw it out there anyway...

Pretty sure you have to use a 24 bit depth as well...

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Old 07-09-2004, 01:29 PM   #6
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Im just going to try installing new drivers. Ill be back Sunday.



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