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Old 10-04-03, 02:02 AM   #1
hansom
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Unhappy GeForce FX 5200 + 4496 problem

Hi,
When installing Redhat Linux 9 on my computer, I encounted a problem with X windows. I choose the default type of video card, say vesa, during the X configuration. Then when I try to start X, the screen gets blank. However, by striking Ctrl+Alt+Backspace it can return to the text mode. So I download the driver named NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run from http://www.nvidia.com, install it and modify the file /etc/X11/XF86Config as required. When I start X, things becomes worse. Not only the screen gets blank, but also the computer itself doesn't react to any keyboard striking. Does anybody can help me out? Below is some information about my computer which may be helpful.

Video card chipset: Geforce FX 5200
Video card driver: NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run
CPU: Athlon XP 2500+
motherboard chipset: nForce2 400

And the files /etc/X11/XF86Config and /var/log/XFree86.0.log are attached.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-04-03, 11:17 AM   #2
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Hey I have the same problem, I just contacted nVidia about it and am hoping to get a good answer. I will tell you about it when i got the message.
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Old 10-04-03, 08:25 PM   #3
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Thank you! I'll be waiting. Wish the guys of nvidia reply soon.
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Old 10-04-03, 08:59 PM   #4
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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "VESA driver (generic)"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Try changing

BoardName "VESA driver (generic)"

to

BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"


I have never tried 24 bit color depth, don't think I have ever used it with any vid card/pc combo I have ever owned.

I use a FX 5200 and once I figured out how to get past the initial black screen issue with X it works fine.
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Old 10-06-03, 09:26 AM   #5
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I've tried to change

BoardName "VESA driver (generic)"

to

BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"

Unfortunately it doesn't work. I think the BoradName here is nothing but a label and has nothing to do with the problem.

As for the color depth, when I change the value in the section "Screen" from 24 to 16, the system indicates an error. It seems that something else should also be modified. I don't know where it is. But I doubt that the color depth will cause the breaking-down of the whole system.
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