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Old 04-18-07, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default X fails to start without nVidia autogen'ed xorg.conf

I've been using Fedora Core 3. I knew how to install the nvidia drivers on that. When I tried the same magic spells on FC6, X does not start.

This is a fresh install of Fedora Core 6 on a C2.4GHz/400/100, 1GB DDR RAM, GeForce 4 Ti 4200 4X AGP, SB Live! 5.1, onboard NIC. I want to use this for MythTV, so there's lots of disk in a logical volume. The TV comes in over a USB tuner.

As I learned on FC3 (after much wailing and gnashing of teeth) I had to include the development package on the operating system install. I did a full update to kernel 2.6.20-1.2944.fc6. For some bizarre reason, kernel-devel did not come along for the ride, so I RPMed the i686 version.

I downloaded the latest NVIDIA.#.run and ran it. (I rename it to NVIDIA.run so I don't have to remember a string of gibberish.) It failed because it could not find nvidia.ko or whatever.

Thus my first trip through these forums. I could not get the installation to finish until I added "-k $(uname -r)" to the end of my sh NVIDIA.run command. What does "-k $(uname -r)" do? I don't know.

Now X fails to start until it regenerates its own brand new xorg.conf file using the "nv" driver rather than the "nvidia" driver (that's what it was called in FC3, anyway). Whatever, the glsinfo command runs, but reports essentially nothing--certainly not Direct rendering: Yes.

So, here I am for trip number two. I'm sorry I didn't attach a log file, but I'm not really sure which one would be the most useful or if something else entirely would benefit. The install log where it can't find nvidia.ko, the one with -k $(uname -r), or something else?

Please consider me a noob from this point forward, as I have now explained the extent of my knowledge. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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Old 04-18-07, 03:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: X fails to start without nVidia autogen'ed xorg.conf

Please put the output of nvidia-bug-report.sh in your post so we can help you more (run it as root)
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Old 04-18-07, 04:39 PM   #3
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Here it is. Thanks!
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File Type: log nvidia-bug-report.log (114.3 KB, 86 views)
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Old 04-18-07, 04:57 PM   #4
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WARNING: The NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 GPU installed in this system is supported
through the NVIDIA 1.0-96xx legacy Linux graphics drivers. Please
visit http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html for more information.
The 1.0-9755 NVIDIA Linux graphics driver will ignore this GPU.

You need to install 1.0-9631.
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Old 04-18-07, 05:52 PM   #5
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Yes, it's working much better now. Everything automatically installs just like it's supposed to. Believe it or not, I found that section of the bug report, after I'd already posted this problem, of course, and the installation proceeded apace from there.

Thanks!

Remember the good ol' days when there was a unified driver? So, now, we've got:
Current stuff
Double secret legacy stuff
Legacy stuff
Old stuff

Right?
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