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Old 12-07-03, 06:32 PM   #1
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Question Adding support for unsupported card

Hi, Linux newbie here...and I'm stuck.

I use SuSE 8.1, and have installed a MSI GeForce FX 5200 card. My distro doesn't support this card and identifies it as "unknown device". Thus, my system is currently using generic drivers which don't provide 3D support.

So, how do I go about adding support for my card? As I understand it, I need the kernel module specific to this card (my system uses linux kernel 2.4.19), but am currently unsure what this involves. Do I need to download a new kernel? Or, alternatively, could I just upgrade SaX2 in order to identify the card, and then install the NVIDIA drivers?

Any advice, tips or links would be greatly appreciated, as I have been wandering aimlessly through books,HOW-to's and forums to get a clearer idea about what steps I should be taking, to no avail (I suppose I could simply update to a new distro, but that seems a bit like overkill).

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Old 12-07-03, 07:39 PM   #2
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You can get support for that card with the beta 4620's.
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Old 12-07-03, 09:29 PM   #3
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Originally posted by floam
You can get support for that card with the beta 4620's.
That card is also supported by the 4496 drivers.


In order to get full support for your card, you must install the Nvidia drivers. They are available for DL on the NVidia site (you can find a link in the 1st post on this forum as well). Ping us if you have difficulty with the installation.

Thank you for your time,
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Old 12-07-03, 10:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses...I knew that the latest drivers supported the card from reading the 4496 readme. I have also successfully installed the 4496 SuSE 8.1.rmp drivers, but SuSE, or more specifically, the distro-specific YaST2 and SaX2 config tools, don't recognize the card so I'm no further along, even after updating SuSE with the online-update tool. At this point I'm not sure what I should be attempting next...am I supposed to be just dealing with the NVidia config directly and bypassing YaST2 altogether? Or is this more kernel-oriented?
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