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Old 01-17-04, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default Driver and X windows error, Geforce4 card

Hi all, im new here so greetings!
Im also new to Linux entirely and have recently installed Debian on my box as a dual boot. Anyway, installation went ok but i could not startx. The error being that

'Fatal error'
'no screens found'

The XF86Conf is attached for your perusal! ) I have done quite a bit of reading and found that it could be the driver for the graphics card ( which is a NVIDIAgeforce4mx440 ).
I downloaded the driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5328-pkg1.run but had a problem when installing it. It tryed to uncompress and coughed out an error, some of which was :

./usr/src/nv/precompiled/nv-linux.0-1.0-5328.rh72enterprise_2.4.7-10_i686
wrote only 9728 of 10240 bytes
tar:skipping to next header
tar:error exit delayed from previous errors
Extraction failed
Signal caught,cleaning up

So not sure what that all meant ??? lol any ideas ? Also attached is the XF86Conf file

would really appreciate any help you could provide

Thankyou

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Old 01-17-04, 07:41 PM   #2
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Just thinking if id given you all the info , i have a AMD Athlon 2000+ and the graphics card is a x8 AGP,the attachment was the XF86Config_4 file, thought id mention that as it doesn't say its _4 in the attachment title. If any other info is needed just shout at me :P

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Old 01-18-04, 02:08 AM   #3
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Try gettting X to work with the "nv" driver as a starting point. You can do this on Debian thus:

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-common
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Old 01-18-04, 05:26 AM   #4
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Hi Whig! i tryed that but to no avail ive included attached the /var/log/XFree86.0.log file if its any help

cheers


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Old 01-18-04, 06:13 PM   #5
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If:

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-common

doesn't work try:

xf86config

Your XF86Config(-4): in the module section you may wish to comment out dri support when using official nvidia drivers.

Your log. Here's a good bit:

(II) NV: driver for NVIDIA chipsets: RIVA128, RIVATNT, RIVATNT2,
RIVATNT2 (A), RIVATNT2 (B), RIVATNT2 (Ultra), RIVATNT2 (Vanta),
RIVATNT2 M64, RIVATNT2 (Integrated), GeForce 256, GeForce DDR,
Quadro, GeForce2 GTS, GeForce2 GTS (rev 1), GeForce2 ultra,
Quadro 2 Pro, GeForce2 MX, GeForce2 MX DDR, Quadro 2 MXR,
GeForce 2 Go, GeForce3, GeForce3 (rev 1), GeForce3 (rev 2),
GeForce3 (rev 3)

You are using the nv (2D) driver here btw, not the 3D nvidia ones. Anyway that list doesn't have in it any GF 4 series cards (what you have.) You either need to get a more recent XFree86 (harder) or "compile"/install the nvidia ones and reconfigure XFree86 (easier.)
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Old 01-19-04, 04:47 AM   #6
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Hi Whig, in the 2nd half of my original post i said about attempting to install the nvidia driver but wasn't successful, do you know why ? It was the 'IA32'
driver from NVIDIA.COM so i think it is the correct one.


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Old 01-19-04, 05:42 AM   #7
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Maybe i was trying for the wrong driver ? I notice in the error it says rh7, this refers to redhat, does the driver i attempted to install work with debian ?


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Old 01-19-04, 09:05 PM   #8
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What was the errror message when you went to install the nvidia drivers? Was it the kernel or XFree part causing the problem?

To use the nvidia drivers you need to use <Device "nvidia"> in your XF86Config(-4), making the other necessary changes detailed in the supplied docs.

I haven't used Redhat 7.x so I can't comment there. As it so happens I'm typing this on Debian 3.0 - works well.
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Old 01-20-04, 06:52 AM   #9
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"I downloaded the driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5328-pkg1.run but had a problem when installing it. It tryed to uncompress and coughed out an error, some of which was :

./usr/src/nv/precompiled/nv-linux.0-1.0-5328.rh72enterprise_2.4.7-10_i686
wrote only 9728 of 10240 bytes
tar:skipping to next header
tar:error exit delayed from previous errors
Extraction failed
Signal caught,cleaning up

So not sure what that all meant ??? "


So thats as far as i got with the driver, am unsure what it means though

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Old 01-20-04, 04:24 PM   #10
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Has anyone else had similar problems with debian and a geforce 4 ??

Any help appreciated



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Old 01-20-04, 09:18 PM   #11
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You are not meant to unpack the .run file, just run it: sh nvidia..1.0.run, but you are probably doing it correctly which leaves (only as far as I can see) you have a corrupt package. Download it again and compare the two files with cmp.
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