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aight so i just installed mandriva a few hours ago and im still extremely new to linux well my first problem is it won't allow me to change the resolution ...
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    changing screen resolution and enabling 3d desktop


    aight so i just installed mandriva a few hours ago and im still extremely new to linux
    well my first problem is it won't allow me to change the resolution higher than 800x600. which really sucks.
    i don't think it is recognizing my monitor for some reason

    the second, is that i cannot enable 3d desktop

    im am running an integrated nvidia geforce 7100gs

    so any help?

    thanks

    EDIT:
    I fixed my resolution problem. the only thing left is 3d desktop. im betting i need to install a driver of some sort right?

    EDIT2:
    while messing around with the drivers, i went to log out then log back on and on the log back in, it takes me straight to command line. so im guessing i messed something up. is there anyway to fix this from command line? or what should i do?

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    Welcome to the forums!

    You can edit your xorg.conf file from the command line with the following commands:

    Code:
    su
    
    nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    If you haven't already installed the official nvidia drivers, you can try using the nv or the vesa driver to get the GUI going again.
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    thanks man
    through some intense googling, i found that and edited my driver back to vesa. now im just trying to get my nvidia drivers working. im a little bit stuck on that right now

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    I don't run Mandriva, but I'm thinking you can probably install the nvidia drivers by setting up and then using URPMI:

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    urpmi install nvidia
    Maybe someone that runs Mandriva can verify this before you try it. If that won't work, you can at least install the drivers from the nVidia website, but that can often turn into extra work.
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    hmm
    aight i typed
    urpmi nvidia
    and it said the driver was already installed. so right now im really confused that everytime i select
    "nvidia geforce fx and later"

    it get an error whenever i test it that says
    Code:
    An error occurred:
    (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device PCI:0:16:0. 
    (EE) NVIDIA(0):     Please see the COMMON PROBLEMS section in the README for
    
    Try to change some parameters
    ive been messing with it for a while now and can't really find anything that works

    edit:
    if this helps, here is my xorg.conf file
    Code:
    Section "Device"
        Identifier "device1"
        Driver "vesa"
        Option "DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier "screen1"
        Device "device1"
        Monitor "monitor1"
        DefaultColorDepth 24
        
        Subsection "Display"
            Depth 8
            Modes "1440x900" "1280x800"
        EndSubsection
        
        Subsection "Display"
            Depth 15
            Modes "1440x900" "1280x800"
        EndSubsection
        
        Subsection "Display"
            Depth 16
            Modes "1440x900" "1280x800"
        EndSubsection
        
        Subsection "Display"
            Depth 24
            Modes "1440x900" "1280x800"
        EndSubsection
    EndSection

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    Change the driver from vesa back to nvidia and reboot (not just restart X). When it comes up again run the following command
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    /sbin/lsmod |grep -i nvidia
    This will tell you if the nvidia module has loaded correctly. Post back and let us know.

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    when i did that, i got

    Code:
    nvidia                    6213232     0
    agpgart                     27592     1    nvidia
    izc_core                   20384      1   nvidia
    and all the nvidia's were red

    im not sure what that means but this is what i got

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    Damn, that looks right...did you get the usual X server error?

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    usual x server error? whats that?

    EDIT:
    im also looking at buying a msi nx8500gt video card in a few days maybe
    it uses a nvidia chipset but is made by msi. so how would i go about installing this for linux

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