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Hi All, I recently done a fresh install with RH9, I have download apt and grabbed all upgrades for the distro. The problem is with my graphics card ( GeForce2 ...
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    Major problems with Nvidia driver on RH9


    Hi All,
    I recently done a fresh install with RH9, I have download apt and grabbed all upgrades for the distro. The problem is with my graphics card ( GeForce2 GT/PRO 32MB ), I downloaded the latest nvidia driver for my card and it all went well ( apperently ). I installed the nvidia driver then made the relevant changes to my X86 file, but when I reboot, X wont start, only a dark screen with no mouse or keyboard..? I then have to use the redhat-config-xfree86 program which changes the Device Section from "nvidia" back to to "nv" in my X86config file ..? ,

    This is how I did it:

    Installed RH9
    Updated system using apt
    Downloaded Nivida driver for Linux A32
    Edited /etc/inittab to runlevel 3
    Reboot
    Ran sh on the Nvidia driver, which goes without a hitch. It then tells me to edit my X86config file
    I open /etc/X11/X86config with vi and change the "nv" to nividia
    Edit /etc/inittab to runlevel 5
    Reboot
    System wont boot into X, a dark screen with no mouse or keyboard


    Here are some commands I have run:

    uname -a
    Linux localhost.localdomain 2.4.20-31.9 #1 Tue Apr 13 17:38:16 EDT 2004 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

    rpm -qa | grep kernel

    kernel-source-2.4.20-31.9
    kernel-doc-2.4.20-31.9
    kernel-2.4.20-31.9

    /sbin/insmod nvidia

    Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-31.9/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o
    insmod: a module named nvidia already exists

    ( when i reboot this module disappears)

    /sbin/modprobe nvidia ------------------ returns nothing

    /sbin/lsmod

    Module Size Used by Tainted: P
    nvidia 4769228 0 (unused)

    I am at absolute loss as into what is the cause of this, am at my wits end, Please help.

    All help is much appreciated.


    smeg

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    There should be a log file in /etc/X11 called XF86log or summat like that. Have a look through it and see if there's any (WW) or (EE) messages.
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    Done that, heres the results:

    grep EE /var/log/XFree86.0.log

    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
    (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (NVIDIA X driver not found)

    For some reason the module installs ok, ie:

    /sbin/insmod nvidia

    Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-31.9/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o
    insmod: a module named nvidia already exists

    but then if i try startx from runlevel 3 my box freezes with no mouse or keyboard...?? Also:

    /sbin/insmod nvidia

    Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-31.9/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o
    Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.20-31.9/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - NVIDIA
    See http://www.tux.org/lkml/#export-tainted for information about tainted modules
    Module nvidia loaded, with warnings

    But still nuffin

    thanks for the help

    smeg

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    Have you got a load glx line in the XF86Config file?

    Can you paste the device section?

    Also might be worth doing an --uninstall with the installer and trying again?

    Anyone else any ideas?
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    Yes I have an entry, I have put it below:

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Videocard0"
    Driver "nv"
    VendorName "Videocard vendor"
    BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS (generic)"
    EndSection


    Section "Module"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "fbdevhw"
    Load "glx"
    Load "record"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "type1"
    EndSection

    Thanks.

    smeg

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    Shouldn't the Driver be "nvidia" ??
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    It could also be that the version of XFree86 that you're using requires the conf file to be called XF86Config-4. In /etc/X11 try

    cp XF86Config XF86Config-4

    and then restart x
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    Also I have had problems on earlier distros that using the latest driver didn't work and I had to reload the 4496 version. Might be worth a try.

    Following on LQ as well
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    cheers man, al give it a go.


    smeg

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    i also had probs with nvidia driver if the nvidia driver was also selected in the kernel

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