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    I tried searching, but I only got things I couldn't understand...

    I'm a real newbie to linux (2nd day) and I have gotten it installed (mandrake 10, free download)

    I am running it on a laptop

    BASH works fine, but whenever I try to startx (for KDE or GNOME, both are installed) it gets to a blank (blue) screen. During the install I could not get the driver to work for my NVIDIA Geforce GO 5200 (same blue screen, then random rainbows, tried all NVIDIA drivers).

    I think that this works, because I hear the sound

    I got back on my XP install (have dual boot) and have downloaded the NVIDIA driver (for all of the cards, one file) for linux

    I was wondering how to install this driver (using only bash)

    Because I am new to linux, I have no idea what the readme file is saying

    I also was wondering how to get this from my windows partition (NTFS) to my linux (can't download because my WiFi card needs a driver, too)

    I have a CD-burner and a USB External hard drive (FAT32)

    Thanks a ton

    -palmem

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    As long as you have bash you can install the drivers, If I remember right mandrake automatically mounts FAT32 and NTFS file systems so you should be able to get to the file (look in /mnt for the drive/partition). To install the file just run it using the command: sh NVIDIA.... (fill in the rest of the file name of course). Once that installs you have to edit your X config file, changing the driver from "nv" to "nvidia", the installer will give you the path to a readme file about it. Once your config file is setup start X and it should work

    Try that and see if you get anywhere.

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    we have referred to this topic many times.search the site to find how to install the nvidia driver(reaching runlevel 3 first)...
    or look at here:
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21742
    good luck!
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    Ok, I followed the link, and all I need to know now is how to edit the file...

    I am assuming it is a plaintext file, so what I want to know is the equivilant of NOTEPAD.EXE in windows...

    Thanks a ton for the help

    -palmem

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    use either nano,vi, or emacs. They are all probably on your system, nano is probably the easits to use.

    nano -w /etc/filetoedit.conf
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    if you are not familiar with command line based editors like vi open it with kate(for kde) or gedit (for gnome).make the changes and save as usual.
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    Thanks a ton

    I got it workin now

    -palmer

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    you're welcome..and don't forget to search the site before posting!
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