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Old 03-10-11, 07:21 AM   #1
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Default GeForce GT 420 not for Linux?

Hi, according to ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Li...rtedchips.html the GeForce GT 420 is not supported. Is this going to be changed in the near future?
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Old 03-11-11, 03:01 AM   #2
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you don't have a laptop? i see the Mobile version GT420M is supported
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Old 03-11-11, 07:41 AM   #3
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I have a HP Pavilion p6646at http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...riesId=4269976.

Not a laptop.
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Old 03-11-11, 02:15 PM   #4
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There is no GT 420. What you have is an OEM name for something else. Or maybe there is a GT 420, but it's an OEM exclusive and not available in retail. Anyway, just boot up a livecd or liveusb distro and check the pci-id (by running lspci -nn).

Edit: Why didn't I google before writing the post? It's an OEM exclusive card. Still, check the pci-id with a live distro.
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Old 03-11-11, 03:30 PM   #5
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The card is listed here: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx

It's possible to download a Windows driver by selecting

Product Type: GeForce
Product Series: GeForce 400 Series
Product: GeForce GT 420

This is the output of lspci:

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$ lspci -nn | grep VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation Device [10de:0de2] (rev a1)
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Old 03-12-11, 03:44 PM   #6
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so you have the computer already and the latest driver like 270.30 refuses to install?
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Old 03-12-11, 04:30 PM   #7
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That device ID isn't listed in 270.30 so it probably won't work.
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Old 03-12-11, 04:50 PM   #8
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That device ID isn't listed in 270.30 so it probably won't work.
That is usually NOT the case.
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Old 03-12-11, 08:14 PM   #9
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That device ID isn't listed in 270.30 so it probably won't work.
why can't you just test?
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Old 03-13-11, 06:36 AM   #10
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That is usually NOT the case.
While this might be true, and the card works despite not being listed, the question is then why isn't it listed? Does nvidia want to pretend the card doesn't exist? That wouldn't actually surprise me.

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why can't you just test?
That's a good point. Because, I mean, what's the worst that can happen (famous last words ). Ok, seriously, the worst that can probably happen is X exits with an error from the driver that says "card not supported".
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why can't you just test?
Because I don't have one, and didn't start this thread?

When I need one of these cards to work I just comment out the rm_is_card_supported check in the driver and rebuild.
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Because I don't have one, and didn't start this thread?
sorry if i was misunderstood, i just quoted you but i was talking with furzkissen that even if the ID is not in the README maybe it's in the drivers
but do add details about that trick with rm_is_card_supported so that he can use that if it does not work
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