I just installed gentoo 2005.1 (kernel 2.6.12-gentoo-r6) on my 7-year-old dell xps r450 (pentium 2, 450 MHz), which has a riva tnt video card (agp, 16 MiB ram). Graphics work fine with the generic nv driver (except for the usual black strip at the left), but when I install the nvidia driver, all I get is a black screen.
I meticulously followed the instructions in the Gentoo linux nvidia guide:
. Everything went well (emerge nvidia-glx; modprobe nvidia; edit /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6, adding nvidia; modules-update; edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf, changing the driver from nv to nvidia, commenting out Load "dri" in the Module section, and making sure DefaultDepth was set to 24; opengl-update nvidia) until the moment of truth when I gave the startx command. Then all I got was a black screen.
Question: Is it possible to get the nvidia driver to work with the 2.6.12-gentoo-r6 kernel and the riva tnt card? And of course, if possible, I would like to hear from someone who has actually accomplished this.
(According to the various README files, all the unified ia32 linux display drivers up through version 1.0-7174 (31 Mar 2005), and in particular version 1.0-6629 (5 Nov 2004) which comes with gentoo 2005.1 and the 2.6.12-gentoo-r6 kernel, support the riva tnt card. See http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_archive.html