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  1. #1
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    IIT Delhi

    How to install Graphics driver on RHEL5 from text mode.

    Sir, I have installed RHEL5 in text mode in my dell precision workstation (T7400).

    Now, I cant install the Video driver in my machine.

    The instruction for installing the software is like as below.

    "Custom Instructions for dell-nvidia-190.42-RHEL_5.3.tar.gz:

    First make sure you are in runlevel 3. Use 'init 3' (without quotes) when logged in as root.

    Next, still as root, install dkms before installing the graphics driver. Use:
    rpm -ivh dkms-
    to install.

    Afterwards use rpm to install the graphics driver:
    rpm -ivh dell-nvidia-190.42-1dkms_rhel5.3.x86_64.rpm

    If you are upgrading an existing driver then please substitute:
    'rpm -Uvh' (without the quotes) in the above commands."

    I am new in Linux.

    Please help me how to solve the problem. Please guide me from inserting the pen drive into the machine.

    Thanks in advance and excuse me for my poor english.

  2. #2
    I assume these RPMS are on this pen drive?

    1. Insert pen drive into USB port

    2. open a Terminal, and su to root

    3. Run dmesg and look for pen drive's device name in the output, near the bottom. will look something like:
    usb 1-1.2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
    scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access JetFlash TS8GJFS2
    sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
    sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 106056320 512-byte logical blocks: (8.22 GB/)
    In the above example, the device name is sdb

    4. Assuming there is a FAT-ish partition on it, try to mount the device, by adding a 1 to the device name determined in step 3 , e.g.:
    mkdir -p /mnt/usbdisk
    mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usbdisk
    5. Confirm that the device is mounted:
    df|grep /mnt/usbdisk
    6. Install the RPMS:
    rpm -ivh /mnt/usbdisk/dkms-
    rpm -ivh /mnt/usbdisk/dell-nvidia-190.42-1dkms_rhel5.3.x86_64.rpm
    If your RHEL install is truly text-only, though, you will need a lot more than just that video driver in order to have a graphical desktop environment. The best way to do that is via yum. Is this machine connected to the internet and do you have an RHN login? Otherwise, do you have the original installation media? You'll need to configure yum to use one or the other and then you can do something like:
    yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment" "X Window System"
    In fact, the installation of the RPMS in step 6 above will likely fail b/c it will look for dependencies that it cannot find. So the best bet would be to configure yum first, then do this instead:
    yum localinstall /mnt/usbdisk/dkms-
    yum localinstall /mnt/usbdisk/dell-nvidia-190.42-1dkms_rhel5.3.x86_64.rpm

  3. #3
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    I have installed RHEL5 in text mode only.I have followed the step " To reinstall RHEL 5 in text mode,perform the following step." that is in the 2nd image attached here.please help how to get the graphical desktop environment. Thank you.
    Reinstalling RHEL 5_page1.jpgReinstalling RHEL 5_page2.jpg

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    So have you been able to mount the pendrive and install the RPM? Show what commands you've tried and errors you've generated.

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