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    RHEL 5.4 not compatible with NVIDIA GEFORCE GO 7600 !


    I am trying for Redhat certification on RHEL 5.4. When i tried to install it on my Acer laptop with NVIDIA GEFORCE GO 7600, I was only able to install it in CUI mode and no GUI. From NVIDIA website I tried both the newest and oldest version they have for Linux, which is with .run extension. I tried installing it using sh <drivername.run> and it is starting the wizard, but exiting abruptly, with a kernel error.

    Any one have similar issues? Any idea how to work around on this issue? Any generic driver that would work for this display adaptor? Any idea whether version 5.5 would work with this card?

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    Hi and Welcome !

    "vesa" driver is generic driver and works fine with all Graphics Cards.
    Boot up from LiveCD of any Linux distro, mount / partition of RHEL or boot up in command line mode and create xorg.conf file manually.

    /etc/X11/xorg.conf :
    Code:
    Section "Device"
           Identifier "Configured Video Device"
           Driver    "vesa"  
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
             Identifier "Configured Monitor"
             HorizSync 31.5 - 70.0
             VertRefresh 50 - 160
     EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier "Default Screen"
            Monitor "Configured Monitor"
            Device "Configured Video Device"
            DefaultDepth 24
            Subsection "Display"
                 Depth 24
                 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" 
            EndSubsection
    EndSection
    Save file and reboot machine.
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    When using the drivers from NVidia you have to make sure the kernel header files are also installed as the driver is built against them. I use the NVidia drivers here. you have to remember one thing each time you upgrade the kernel you need to run the driver again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devils casper View Post
    Hi and Welcome !

    "vesa" driver is generic driver and works fine with all Graphics Cards.
    Boot up from LiveCD of any Linux distro, mount / partition of RHEL or boot up in command line mode and create xorg.conf file manually.

    /etc/X11/xorg.conf :
    Code:
    Section "Device"
    --------
    --------
                 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" 
            EndSubsection
    EndSection
    Save file and reboot machine.
    Many thanks, that worked...

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    vesa driver support 2D only. Install Nvidia Proprietary Driver to use your Graphics Card in full capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils casper View Post
    vesa driver support 2D only. Install Nvidia Proprietary Driver to use your Graphics Card in full capacity.
    The LINUX driver from NVIDIA was not working for some reason and they dont even list it in the supported products list. For GeForce Go 7 series only the following are supported:
    Go 7800 GTX, Go 7950 GTX, Go 7900 GTX, Go 7900 GS and not Go 7600.

    Is there any other way to get full graphic capability?

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    Post the output of this
    Code:
    lspci | grep -i vga
    I will look for its Driver.
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    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G73 [GeForce Go 7600]
    (rev a1)

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    First, you have to install the driver while in text mode (runlevel 3). Edit /etc/inittab (as root) and change the line

    id:5:initdefault:

    to

    id:3:initdefault:

    Then, reboot the system. It will come up with a text login. Login as root. Then, make sure you have the kernel headers installed. Do that wtih the command:

    yum install kernel-headers

    Once that is finished, then you can run the nvidia installer script. If that succeeds in installing the driver, it will ask if you want it to update the xorg.conf file. Select "Yes" - the old configuration will be saved. Then, you can try to see if it is working with the command

    startx

    which will start the X server and user interface. Log out of that if it starts OK, change the runlevel in /etc/inittab back to 5, and reboot the system.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils casper View Post
    Post the output of this
    Code:
    lspci | grep -i vga
    I will look for its Driver.
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G73 [GeForce Go 7600]
    (rev a1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    First, you have to install the driver while in text mode (runlevel 3). Edit /etc/inittab (as root) and change the line

    id:5:initdefault:

    to

    id:3:initdefault:

    Then, reboot the system. It will come up with a text login. Login as root. Then, make sure you have the kernel headers installed. Do that wtih the command:

    yum install kernel-headers
    ------------
    -----------
    .
    I was getting the following message when I tried to install the kernel-headers and the install didnt succeed...

    Loading "rhnplugin" plugin
    Loading "security" plugin
    Config time: 0.980
    Yum Version: 3.2.22
    Setting up Package Sacks
    rpmdb time: 0.000
    Setting up Install Process
    Examining kernel-headers-2.6.18-164.el5.i386.rpm: kernel-headers-2.6.18-164.el5.i386
    kernel-headers-2.6.18-164.el5.i386.rpm: does not update installed package.
    Nothing to do

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