RH9 install with nvidia fx 5200
Eveyrtime i try and install it wont load GUI, i can get in command line sometimes, but i have no idea what to do from that point. Anyhelp is appreciated, as im dual booting with Windows for my gaming needs. I need my Video card !!!!
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unfortunately, i had this exact problem, although i didnt have Opnosforatou's answer to help me solve it.
one thing of note, and its something that stumped me for two days solid, is a bios setting i had to change to complete the solution.
i followed almost the exact same procedure as described by Opnosforatou but to no avail, the driver module continually failed to initialise. after quite a lot of detective work (with much help from google), i had to change a setting in my bios
the two things i had to change were:
"plug and play os" change from "yes" to "no"
"assign irq to pci vga" change from "no" to "yes"
after that, the nvidia drivers worked perfectly.
another point worth noting, is that i managed to get the graphics working, without the use of the downloaded nvidia drivers. if you set the driver to "nv" in the x config file, then the card will work, albiet with limited effect (800x600 is the best res you can get, and dont change from the default, or it tends to fail), but its enough to start X to get through redhats 'firstboot' thing, and onto the desktop. whilst i doubt its a permanent solution, its enough to get past first boot so you can log in and reach the point where you can edit the x configs.
in order to actually change the driver to "nv" to get the machine to the point i could log in, i took these steps.
1. install redhat in text mode
2. after installation, wait for the system to try to start firstboot and wait for the screen to go onto its blank standby thing (i dont know what its called, but it seems to be like when the screen is turned off on powersaving mode)
3. put in the redhat cd 1, then press ctrl+alt+del
4. watch the pretty scroll as things shut down.
5. when the system boots, on the "install redhat" screen, use the command "linux rescue" to start up in rescue mode
6. when asked if you want to mount the drive, choose to mount it.
7. when you get to the command prompt, use this command "chroot /etc/sysimage" (the installer tells you the command)
8. at this point, i did almost exactly what Opnosforatou put in his post, and it was all plain sailing from then on.
im afraid im not that experience in linux, so thats about the best description i can give, although im sure one of the more experienced people on this forum can elaborate on anything i may have fudged.
hope this helps, i know this can be a very frustrating problem.
your right, but im not sure about the bios either.
your right, it is a tricky way of getting it working, and it does seem long and involved, but at the time i didnt have the resourses of this board, and i kinda had to work it out as i went along. i included the method i used only as an alternative, in that i found it difficult to actually get to the command line to implement your solution. i guess it shows that this is my first linux installation ;)
as for the bios settings, i would be inclined to agree with you, it shouldnt make any difference as the card is a agp, not pci. in practice, however, my card wouldnt work properly with it set any other way. im not exactly sure why, but i have a feeling its something to do with my motherboard. the motherboard is an "elitegroup k7s5a pro".
whilst actually installing the nvidia drivers, the sample X configuration file has a board id setting, and tells you that you can get the board id from the command 'lspci' that gives my card a bus id of 1:0:0. again my inexperience shows in that i dont actually know what this means, but im guessing (from the fact that its output appears to scan the pci busses) that for some reason my card appears as a pci device, and needs an irq.
either way, although im not sure of why it works, i know it does work for my system, i would be interested to see how you have yours set (i assume your using a 5200 too?) even if only to find out if its a quirk of this board.