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Old 12-16-02, 09:47 AM   #1
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Dear All

You are all so clever. I am lost can someone please help!
I have installed Linux mandrake 9 on my machine and think it is super.
I also have a nvidea gforce 2 mx200 32 mb graphics card
which does not work in game mode, very poor graphics.
It obviously needs new drivers but I have only used Windows 98 and XP previously and have no knowledge of command line interface. I'm not even DOS literate!
Please can anyone explain in simple gentle terms without abreviations, how I can sit in front of my lovely Linux and install the necessary. So I can show everyone my wonderful penguin at Christmas!
Thank you

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Old 12-16-02, 10:43 AM   #2
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Please look into http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&threadid=2704 (3rd post)
It explains how to install the drivers.

Here are the links for the drivers (dont use the latest ones)



Do what Mark_J posted and you should be good
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Old 12-16-02, 11:33 AM   #3
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Maybe he should use the rpms instead of compiling his own....

If you can, I would download the rpms of the kernels and drivers. They are much easier to install into your system than compiling it yourself. But Im not sure what RPM manager Mandrake has. SuSE has a RPM manager called YaST2 (much like a control panel in Windows). Its really easy to install rpms and stuff like that.
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Old 12-16-02, 03:01 PM   #4
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Hi !
Here's an easy way to install nVidia drivers :

1- Download these files : NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.src.rpm

2- As root, cd in the directory you put this and type rpm --rebuild NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.src.rpm. Make sure that gcc and make are installed ! It will display a lot of things, but look at the line wrote... filename. Move this file to the directory you choose. Do the same thing for the other src.rpm.

3- Now, cd in the directory you put the two new files and type rpm -ivh *.rpm

4- Edit the file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4, and replace all keyword Driver "something" by Driver "nvidia".

5- In the section Module, add the line Load "glx"

6- Restart X, and it's gonna work !
I hope so...

7- Fell free to contact me if you have any problem...
Well, please excuse me for my English, but I'm French !
Have a nice day !

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Old 12-16-02, 10:07 PM   #5
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All this is covered in the README, available from the driver download page.

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