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Slamo
10-14-2002, 07:35 PM
I just tried to install some nVidia drivers for Mandrake 9.0.

I downloaded the tar glx and kernel files off the nVidia website.

I had no trouble unpacking the tar files. I then went into the directory's and typed 'make install' everything appeared to work correctly.

The problem happened when I attempted to start the X server again. Problem: it doesn't work, and with limited linux knowledge I don't think I have what it takes to fix it without any help.

As I can't access the README file anymore, I am unsure as to what to do next, it said something about an XFree Config file that I have to modify but I don't know the commands in order to modify the file from the Konsole, or what to do with it for that matter.

Any help will be greatly appreciated as I don't want to stay in the evil Windows XP any longer.

Thanks.

Oldbugger
10-15-2002, 09:02 AM
Don't panic its not that bad (I was there about 5 times). You need to change the XF86Config-4 file. Maybe one of the more experienced blokes can tell you how to run the console commands.

In the XF86Config-4 file you need to comment out the "Load GLcore" and "Load dri" and insert a line "Load glx" and you need to change the driver from "nv" to "nvidia"). Its pretty easy but I am not sure of the editor commands for saving the file. I think it is like this;

at the command line logon as root

change directories to the /etc/x11 (like the usual cd dos command)

do a "dir" and see if you van see the XF86Config-4 file

when you find it type "vi XF86Config-4" that opens the VIM editor...make sure you use the capitals etc to EXACTLY match the file name as you found it in the directory

make the changes I mentioned above....you'll find the sectons pretty easily...the glcore is about a quarter of the way down and the nv is near the bottom of the file

save the file (here's where I need some help) I think its [ctrl w] then quit [ctrl q] and restart...hopefully you'll see the white NVidia splash screen just before the normal logon screen. If you do then you are there and enjoy.

My instructions above might be a bit rough but you will get there if you persist and with a bit of help from the more experienced blokes with the editor.

FA-MAS
10-15-2002, 03:40 PM
For vi, you hit the a key to put it in a mode where you can change stuff. Then when you're done, press esc. Then press :
then the letter w to write the file. Then again : and then q to quit vi.

Later

Slamo
10-15-2002, 08:34 PM
Thanks guys, all working now :thumb: