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Old 12-28-03, 10:31 AM   #1
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Unhappy Suse 9.0 crashes on boot (it's driver-ing me nuts)


I'm a newbie at Linux and I've installed Suse Linux 9.0 on my system and everything worked fine at first. Then I tried to install the nVidia Linux driver twice after reading a LOT of documentation about this (with sometimes totally different instructions.

I used these instructions from Suse:
I. SuSE Linux 9.0

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source' package with YaST2. Update it - if not
already done - via YaST2 Online Update (YOU).

2) Use the nvidia installer for 1.0-5328.


3) Configure XFree86 with

sax2 -m 0=nvidia (0 is a digit, not a letter!)

NOTE: There is no need to try to enable 3D support. It's already
enabled, when the nvidia driver is running. Ignore the
misleading error message, that 3D support can't be enabled.
This problem will be fixed with SuSE > 9.0 and is related to the
latest nvidia driver release.

So I found out how to boot to the VGA console instead of X (init 3). Then I proceeded with steps 2) and 3). Note that I forgot to check if I had the kernel sources installed!
Anywayz. At step 3) the screen just went black and every now and then the harddisk LED would light up for a short time. After waiting 15 mniutes I just reset my system which to my amazement booted .. phew..
I could not run OpenGL apps though. So I found in other documentation how to configure the display adapter for XFree, so I followed these instructions from nVidia and rebooted:


If you already have an XF86Config file working with a different driver
(such as the 'nv' or 'vesa' driver), then all you need to do is find
the relevant Device section and replace the line:

Driver "nv"
(or Driver "vesa")


Driver "nvidia"

In the Module section, make sure you have:

Load "glx"

You should also remove the following lines:

Load "dri"
Load "GLcore"

if they exist. There are also numerous options that can be added to
the XF86Config file to fine-tune the NVIDIA XFree86 driver. Please see
Appendix D for a complete list of these options.

Once you have configured your XF86Config file, you are ready to restart
X and begin using the accelerated OpenGL libraries. After you restart X,
you should be able to run any OpenGL application and it will automatically use the new NVIDIA libraries.

After that I saw the nvidia logo upon booting the system and I could start tuxcart for example, but the opgenGL apps ran terribly slow! Less than 1 fps.

So I went on with
Since I now found out that I had forgotten to check if the kernel sources were installed I tried the instructions from Suse again, this time I installed the kernel sources first . Then I changed the /etc/inittab file to boot to to the VGA console (init 3). The I followed steps 2) and 3) from the Suse instructions.
At step 3) the screen just went black again and every now and then the harddisk LED would light up for a short time. After waiting 15 minutes I just reset my system which started to the vga console. However, upon entering the 'startx' command the screen just flashes and goes black.
So now I'm really stuck since I can only get to the console and not back to the X system anymore...

I don't know how to get a copy from the log files to post here because I can't access those files from Windows, which I'm writing this with. I did open them from the console though and noted this error, because I think this is the most important clue:

Failed to initialize NVIDIA kernel module
*** Aborting ***
Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration

Fatal server error:
no screens found

Please help me, I'm going nuts here....
Further info:

Epox 8K3A mainboard
Athlon XP 1800+
256 MB RAM
ASUS GeForce 4 Ti4200

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