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Old 04-03-03, 01:32 PM   #1
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Question nVidia 4349 Driver Install Questions

Let me start by saying the new driver install is
awesome! I spent several days last week
trying to install the older drivers on a new
laptop using a non-standard kernel. Needless
to say, I gave up! But last night I installed RH 9
and the new nVidia 4349 driver and it installed
without error.

But, my display doesn't look any better and that
prompts a few questions. I installed the .run file
as instructed, checked the XFree86 log file and
determined my system was using the file 'XF86Config'. Using vim I edited the config
file changing the driver from 'nv' to 'nvidia' and
in the module section, made sure Load "glx"
was there. I also commented out Load "dri".
Load "GLcore" was not there. The README
mentions a lot of options that may--or may
not--help me but I'm not sure about the correct
syntax and therefore don't want to try any.

When I use Redhat's display program--from
system settings--I see my laptop is using the
nvidia driver, and, both lsmod and dmesg show
the nvidia module loaded. However, my video
card isn't listed as an option--NVIDIA GeForce
4 420 Go, 32mb. If I select auto-probe video
card the settings change to NVIDIA GeForce 4
(Generic) using the Redhat 'nv' driver. At no
time am I able to select 'Enable Hardware 3D
Acceleration'.

Is there another way to configure the device?
Can I edit the XF86Config file another way to
change what I need? When I run 'glxgears' I
see three gears spinning? Does that mean my
machine is setup properly? Maybe I just
expected something else?

Anyway, thanks in advance for everyone's help
and awesome work to the nVidia people--who
ever was responsible for the new install.

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Old 04-03-03, 03:21 PM   #2
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When I use Redhat's display program--from system settings--I see my laptop is using the nvidia driver, and, both lsmod and dmesg show the nvidia module loaded.
So far, so good.

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However, my video card isn't listed as an option
Where? In RH's GUI setup programs? It won't be listed there -- as far as RH is concerned, all GeForce cards are the same (at least, in RH 9 that is), they all use the "nv" driver.

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If I select auto-probe video card the settings change to NVIDIA GeForce 4 (Generic) using the Redhat 'nv' driver.
That would be because of what I said up there -- as far as RH is concerned, all nVidia cards use the "nv" driver.

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At no time am I able to select 'Enable Hardware 3D Acceleration'.
This is a side effect of the above. The "nv" driver doesn't do 3D at all, you need to be using the "nvidia" driver to be able to do 3D. However, RH's wonderful GUI programs either don't understand how the nVidia video drivers are set up, or refuse to acknowledge that the nVidia drivers even exist -- that's why the checkbox thingy is grayed out. It doesn't mean 3D isn't working, it means RH doesn't want to (actually, probably can't) admit that it does.

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Is there another way to configure the device? Can I edit the XF86Config file another way to change what I need?
Just make sure it says Driver "nvidia", and make sure Load "glx" is there. Get rid of Load "dri" (if it came back), too. After you do that, do not open up RH's GUI configurator, because it can overwrite your changes (and probably did once already).

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When I run 'glxgears' I see three gears spinning? Does that mean my machine is setup properly?
It means you at least have an X server that understands GLX requests. It means the "glx" X module is loaded.

It doesn't necessarily mean the nVidia drivers are set up correctly, though. For that, I'd use TuxRacer (it's on your RH CDs somewhere). If it's playable at all (more than 1 fps), then your drivers are OK.
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Old 04-03-03, 06:15 PM   #3
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Default nVidia 4349 Driver Install Questions

bwkaz...thanks for the reply.

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Just make sure it says Driver "nvidia", and make sure
Load "glx" is there. Get rid of Load "dri" (if it came back),
too. After you do that, do not open up RH's GUI configurator,
because it can overwrite your changes (and probably did
once already).
I made sure Load "glx" was there and deleted Load "dri".
However, at the end of my XF86Config file is a section
that reads:

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection

Is this causing me problems? What is this doing?

Thanks!!!

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Old 04-03-03, 09:42 PM   #4
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That section shouldn't be used as long as you aren't loading the "dri" X module. You might want to comment it out anyway, though.
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When I run 'glxgears' I see three gears spinning? Does that mean my machine is setup properly?
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It means you at least have an X server that understands GLX requests. It means the "glx" X module is loaded.

It doesn't necessarily mean the nVidia drivers are set up correctly, though. For that, I'd use TuxRacer (it's on your RH CDs somewhere). If it's playable at all (more than 1 fps), then your drivers are OK. [/b]
I finally got my MDK 9.1 to boot up with the KDE gui (after installing the 4349 install, changing "nv" to "nvidia" and putting "nvidia" in /etc/modules and changing run level from 3 to 5).

The glxgears runs at agout 2500fps. The tuxracer installed but crashes when attempting to start it up.

I also get a crash when logging out of my login session.

XF86Config-4 is attached. I have an AMD 2000+ Soyo Dragon and MX440 vivo card.

The crashes require a hard restart of my PC.

Thanks,
Gary
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