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Old 01-15-09, 12:07 PM   #1
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Default Need help installing driver for FX5200 in Ubuntu 8.04LTS

I'm new to Linux. I have Ubuntu 8.04LTS installed, initially using onboard graphics. I would like to install an FX5200 AGP card that I already have but is not currently being used.

I downloaded the driver from http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d...173.14.12.html and read the installation steps there. Step 3 says,
"Type "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.12-pkg1.run" to install the driver." I have no idea where I'm supposed to type that string.

Also, I'm not absolutely sure I downloaded the right driver. It was for GeForce 5 FX series and 32-bit Linux. I presume GeForce 5 FX series means FX 5200, FX 5500, etc.

Can you help?
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Old 01-15-09, 12:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: Need help installing driver for FX5200 in Ubuntu 8.04LTS

The 5200 is an older card that should either be supported by the legacy or current driver release available in Ubuntu's package repository. I suggest you go that route instead.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Bi...erHowto/Nvidia
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Old 01-15-09, 12:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: Need help installing driver for FX5200 in Ubuntu 8.04LTS

I saw that page before I posted here and I did not understand much of it But, if you think that's the best way to go, I'll go over to the ubuntu forum and ask for clarification.

Thanks
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Old 01-15-09, 01:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: Need help installing driver for FX5200 in Ubuntu 8.04LTS

I'm having the same problem. I'm new to Linux but used to use command line DOS, Unix, C, etc. all the time. You have to enter commands in Terminal. If you type "sh" as in the instructions and then drag the driver file into terminal, it will run. (You first have to right click on the file and make sure the permission is set to run as a program). Then it will either tell you you have to be logged in as root -which is not recommended as you can mess up the whole system - or it will say you have to stop the x server (Gnome) which gets you to a sort of command line black screen where I can't seem to change directories to even find the driver file. Anyway, it's supposed to be better to use the sudo command in terminal which won't allow you to get in as much trouble and also, by the way won't run the file!

I'm rambling now, but in the same boat as you. I've been trying to install a simple graphics driver for a week because the screen resolution in the native Ubuntu driver is very low. By the way, don't try to edit xorg with your own Horizsync and VertRefresh values as some recommend as it will really mess up your monitor so that you can't read it at all. Even with 25 years of experience, I'm baffled too. Ubuntu looks to be a great, stable OS, but it's a nightmare to configure.
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