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Old 10-05-02, 03:35 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Redhat 8.0 NVIDIA - INSTRUCTIONS - updated for new kernel-2.4.18-17.8.0

Instructions for the impatient : Please read the note completely before doing this. Remeber to back up your config files. - just in case.

Instruction are true for a fresh install of RH 8.0 a frsh install is always good folks so please consider doing one if you can - however if you upgraded fom a previous version you just need to do minor modifications and take a little extra care. Read the thread

Also my XF86Config file which I have posted down in the thread was default generated by anaconda. Some of you may not be that lucky :-) so take a little care there too ... read the thread for tips.


Step 1> Download the following from NVidia's site. (Note that the NVIDIA_kernel is the **src.rpm** rpm file and the NVIDIA_GLX is a **rpm**):
NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.src.rpm
and
NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.i386.rpm

Step 2> Make sure you have the kernel headers installed along with all other dev tools - these are needed along with other dependencies. The best way to ensure that you have all dependencies is to just go start menu > system settings > packages > and in the development section choose the Kernel development packge and install the whole thing.

Step 3> In a gnome terminal window do a "rpmbuild --rebuild NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.src.rpm" to create drivers for the RH 8.0 kernel. (This will create the binary RPM in "/usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.i386.rpm")

Confirm this.

Note: "rpm --rebuild" does not work with newer versions of rpm so use "rpmbuild --rebuild".
Also do the rebuild in "X" in a gnome terminal. I dont know why but I had problems doing the rebuild and especially installing the kernel on command line. when I did this in a Gnome terminal in a runing Xserver it works fine. So do it in a gnome terminal.

STEP 4> Installed this new (NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.i386.rpm)
"rpm -ivh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.i386.rpm"

Note: It is important that you do this step also in a gnome terminal in a xserver session and not on command line. When doing through a command line the rpm install hanged and did not complete, I had to restart my computer. (I dont know why). But it works great in a terminal window in gnome and completes fine.
The rpm after installation may complain that the nvidia_kernel is export tainted. This is OK ignore it. To read more on export tained and what it means:
http://www.tux.org/lkml/#export-tainted

Step 5>Now log out of gnome and go to the command line. Install the GLX (NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.i386.rpm)
"rpm -ivh NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.i386.rpm"

Note: I did this on the command line outside of gnome and it works so just do it guys the same way :-)

Step 6> Edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config file and make a backup copy of the original:

- Remove the Load "dri" line.
- Change the Driver line from "nv" to "nvidia"


Happy UT2003 playing.......
I am so so happy. Hope this helps you guys. Its working yeah !!!

---------update for new kernel-2.4.18-17.8.0 ------------
this message is also posted in the thread later....
If you have never loaded the "nvidia" driver before. Use the instructions below to get going directly on the new kernel.

Redhat auto updater will update your kernel to kernel-2.4.18-17.8.0
This will stop XServer since we compiled it using the older version of the kernel kernel-2.4.18-14


Instructions to get XServer working again for linux newbies or anyone else who cares:

Step 1> To get Xserver working again we have to recompile the NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123 on Linux kernel kernel-2.4.18-17.8.0.
Download the following files from NVidia's site if you deleted your initial file you downloaded before. (Note that the NVIDIA_kernel is the **src.rpm** rpm file and the NVIDIA_GLX is a **rpm**):
NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.src.rpm
and
NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.i386.rpm

Step 2> Open /etc/inittab file and change the following line. be carefull while changing this line. This will allow linux to reboot in text multiuser mode.
Change :
id:5:initdefault: to id:3:initdefault:

Step 3> rename the previosly compiled kernel to make a backup copy. In a terminal window.
"cd /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386"
"mv NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.i386.rpm NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.i386.rpm.old"

Step 4> upgrade your kernel to kernel-2.4.18-17.8.0 and kernel-source-2.4.18-17.8.0 and hwdata using the redhat downloader. Hope you still have other dependencies installed. The best way to ensure that you have all dependencies is to just go start menu > system settings > packages > and in the development section choose the Kernel development packge and install the whole thing.

Step 5> Reboot and run linux in the new kernel. It will start in the command line mode. Login as root.

Step 6> remove the previously loaded GLX and kernel files in the right order as below.

rpm -e NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123
rpm -e NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123

Step 5> on command line do a "rpmbuild --rebuild NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.src.rpm" to create drivers for the RH new kernel that we have now booted the system in. (This will again create the new binary RPM for the new kernel in "/usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.i386.rpm")

Step 6> Installed this new (NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.i386.rpm)
"rpm -ivh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.i386.rpm"

Step 7> Install the GLX (NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.i386.rpm)
"rpm -ivh NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.i386.rpm"

Step 8> your Xconfig file should work from before and you dont have to change anything in there.
bnow do "startx" to start XServer.

Step 9> once XServer works fine Open /etc/inittab file and change the following line again. This will allow linux to reboot in GUI mode again.
Change :
id:3:initdefault: to id:5:initdefault:

Step 10> reboot agin to make sure everything is fine and have fun

STEEL



Let me know if you have any problems:

My system configuration is:
Athlon XP 1900
1 GB DDR RAM
REDHAT 8.0
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200
21 " Samsung Monitor
etc.

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Old 10-05-02, 08:18 AM   #2
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I don't know if RedHat does this, but in XF86Config-4, make sure you are not doing Load "GLcore", and make sure you are doing a Load "glx". Just to make sure...
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Old 10-05-02, 08:52 AM   #3
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I have a little problem here!
"rpmbuild --rebuild NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.src.rpm" give's me this:

Installing NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.src.rpm
warning: user buildmeister does not exist - using root
warning: group buildmeister does not exist - using root
warning: user buildmeister does not exist - using root
warning: group buildmeister does not exist - using root
Executing(%prep): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.61484

... and in the end...

+ INSTALLPATH=/lib/modules/2.4.18-14/kernel/drivers/video
+ mkdir -p /var/tmp/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0//lib/modules/2.4.18-14/kernel/drivers/video
+ install -m 0444 NVdriver /var/tmp/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0//lib/modules/2.4.18-14/kernel/drivers/video
install: cannot stat `NVdriver': No such file or directory
error: Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.10141 (%install)


RPM build errors:
user buildmeister does not exist - using root
group buildmeister does not exist - using root
user buildmeister does not exist - using root
group buildmeister does not exist - using root
Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.10141 (%install)
[root@rehdat8 makaveli]# cd /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/

Huh? What should i do?

I have AMD k6-2 400MHz, 256Mb,
Gainward GF2 TI 500, RedHat 8.0.
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I used the src.rpm's for both, and it worked just fine....

Makaveli, are you logged on as root while doing it? if not, you should...and make sure you change the Driver line from "nv" to "nvidia" in your XF86Config file...


BTW STEEL, you TRIPLE posted this...not cool...wwe have 1 Linux forum...thank you...
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Default TwinView

Well, mine *works*, but TwinView is another story.

I'm using two identical 19" CRT monitors (Samsung SyncMaster 955DF, if anyone cares). The idea is for both to be set at 1280x1024.

Right now, only the first monitor is showing anything. It's displaying 1280x1024, but the desktop scrolls if I move the cursor beyond the right edge of the screen. It's as though my desktop area is set at 2560x1024, but only the first monitor is showing anything.

Here's the TwinView stuff from my XF86Config:

Option "TwinView"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "28-95"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "50-120"
Option "MetaModes" "1600x1200, NULL; 1280x1024, 1280x1024; 1024x768, 640x480; , 800x600"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "RightOf"
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "crt,crt"

Any ideas? Am I missing something?
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Default If you tried to install rpms before reading this thread...

... and you are having trouble installing the rpm you made from src RPM,
BUT cannot un-install the rpm you installed earlier...

add --force to the end of the rpm -ivh command.

It worked for me.

Steel,
Thanks for the instructions... you da man.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Matthyahuw
I used the src.rpm's for both, and it worked just fine....

Makaveli, are you logged on as root while doing it? if not, you should...and make sure you change the Driver line from "nv" to "nvidia" in your XF86Config file...


BTW STEEL, you TRIPLE posted this...not cool...wwe have 1 Linux forum...thank you...
Yes Matt's kind of right on both counts :-)

I was able to compile using both src.rpm's too. cool. so download both src.rpm and follow the "rpmbuild --rebuild" for both of them and install the generated rpms, kernel first in a gome terminal and the GLX on the command line.

Folks please post these instructions on any ohter Linux forums so that ppl can get it.

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P.S And Matt I wasnt too sure which was the right forum, so I posted on all three, excuse me for it, just wanted to make sure everyone gets it. you know - got a bit excited.

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I installed the nvidia driver as shown above, and it worked fine at first. Then I rebooted, and I could no longer get into xwindows. Whenever I start xwindows, the nvidia logo show up, but then it crashes out stating, unable to init unix /:7100. Also, when shutting down I notice that xfs always fails now for some reason. I know that xfs is the font type for xfree86, but I don't understand why this started happening, or why the driver would affect it. Any idea what to do so I can fix this? BTW, I'm new to linux, so please explain in terms a beginner could understand.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Makaveli
I have a little problem here!
"rpmbuild --rebuild NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.src.rpm" give's me this:

--- cut actual error messages ---

Huh? What should i do?

Make sure you have the kernel headers installed. I checked the error messages I got and there were .h files missing. Just go to the RH package thingy (start -> system settings -> packages), go to development and select kernel.

That should do it

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I apologize for such a big post, but for beginners it is sometimes useful to see a working file in it's entirety.

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I installed the nvidia driver as shown above, and it worked fine at first. .... I'm new to linux, so please explain in terms a beginner could understand.
Did you follow all of the directions concerning X86FConfig file in /etc/X11? if you are on redhat prior to version 8, your actual x86 config file is called XF86Config-4.(usually) check the log for the file name to be sure.

you need to specify nvdriver where the nv is specified in the driver= line. Comment out the line concerning dri.

**************WARNING*******************
do NOT use this file as is for your system
It may break all sorts of stuff if you do including, but not limited to:
1. frying your monitor
2. rendering your mouse and keyboard inoperable when you start X...
*********************************************

here is my file with my comments preceded by #### Do a ctrl-f to open find dialog, enter #### as search text:
# File generated by xf86config.
#
# Copyright (c) 1999 by The XFree86 Project, Inc.
#
# Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
# copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"),
# to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation
# the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense,
# and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
# Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
#
# The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
# all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
#
# THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
# IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
# FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL
# THE XFREE86 PROJECT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,
# WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF
# OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE
# SOFTWARE.
#
# Except as contained in this notice, the name of the XFree86 Project shall
# not be used in advertising or otherwise to promote the sale, use or other
# dealings in this Software without prior written authorization from the
# XFree86 Project.
#
# ************************************************** ********************
# Refer to the XF86Config(4/5) man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# ************************************************** ********************
# ************************************************** ********************
# Module section -- this section is used to specify
# which dynamically loadable modules to load.
# ************************************************** ********************
#
# ************************************************** ********************
# Files section. This allows default font and rgb paths to be set
# ************************************************** ********************
# ************************************************** ********************
# Server flags section.
# ************************************************** ********************
# ************************************************** ********************
# Input devices
# ************************************************** ********************
# ************************************************** ********************
# Core keyboard's InputDevice section
# ************************************************** ********************
# ************************************************** ********************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# ************************************************** ********************
# ************************************************** ********************
# Other input device sections
# this is optional and is required only if you
# are using extended input devices. This is for example only. Refer
# to the XF86Config man page for a description of the options.
# ************************************************** ********************
#
# Section "InputDevice"
# Identifier "Mouse2"
# Driver "mouse"
# Option "Protocol" "MouseMan"
# Option "Device" "/dev/mouse2"
# EndSection
#
# Section "InputDevice"
# Identifier "spaceball"
# Driver "magellan"
# Option "Device" "/dev/cua0"
# EndSection
#
# Section "InputDevice"
# Identifier "spaceball2"
# Driver "spaceorb"
# Option "Device" "/dev/cua0"
# EndSection
#
# Section "InputDevice"
# Identifier "touchscreen0"
# Driver "microtouch"
# Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
# Option "MinX" "1412"
# Option "MaxX" "15184"
# Option "MinY" "15372"
# Option "MaxY" "1230"
# Option "ScreenNumber" "0"
# Option "ReportingMode" "Scaled"
# Option "ButtonNumber" "1"
# Option "SendCoreEvents"
# EndSection
#
# Section "InputDevice"
# Identifier "touchscreen1"
# Driver "elo2300"
# Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
# Option "MinX" "231"
# Option "MaxX" "3868"
# Option "MinY" "3858"
# Option "MaxY" "272"
# Option "ScreenNumber" "0"
# Option "ReportingMode" "Scaled"
# Option "ButtonThreshold" "17"
# Option "ButtonNumber" "1"
# Option "SendCoreEvents"
# EndSection
# ************************************************** ********************
# Monitor section
# ************************************************** ********************
# Any number of monitor sections may be present
# ************************************************** ********************
# Graphics device section
# ************************************************** ********************
# Any number of graphics device sections may be present
# Standard VGA Device:
# Device configured by xf86config:
# ************************************************** ********************
# Screen sections
# ************************************************** ********************
# Any number of screen sections may be present. Each describes
# the configuration of a single screen. A single specific screen section
# may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
# option.
# ************************************************** ********************
# ServerLayout sections.
# ************************************************** ********************
# Any number of ServerLayout sections may be present. Each describes
# the way multiple screens are organised. A specific ServerLayout
# section may be specified from the X server command line with the
# "-layout" option. In the absence of this, the first section is used.
# When now ServerLayout section is present, the first Screen section
# is used alone.

Section "ServerLayout"
# The Identifier line must be present
# Each Screen line specifies a Screen section name, and optionally
# the relative position of other screens. The four names after
# primary screen name are the screens to the top, bottom, left and right
# of the primary screen. In this example, screen 2 is located to the
# right of screen 1.
# Each InputDevice line specifies an InputDevice section name and
# optionally some options to specify the way the device is to be
# used. Those options include "CorePointer", "CoreKeyboard" and
# "SendCoreEvents".
Identifier "Simple Layout"
Screen "Screen 1" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
# The location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (which are concatenated together),
# as well as specifying multiple comma-separated entries in one FontPath
# command (or a combination of both methods)
#
# If you don't have a floating point coprocessor and emacs, Mosaic or other
# programs take long to start up, try moving the Type1 and Speedo directory
# to the end of this list (or comment them out).
#
# The module search path. The default path is shown here.
# ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
EndSection

Section "Module"
# This loads the DBE extension module.
# This loads the miscellaneous extensions module, and disables
# initialisation of the XFree86-DGA extension within that module.
# This loads the Type1 and FreeType font modules
####add this line or check for it
Load "glx"
####Make sure this is there to...
Load "dbe" # Double buffer extension
####Make sure dri is not here...
SubSection "extmod"
Option "omit xfree86-dga" # don't initialise the DGA extension
EndSubSection
Load "type1"
Load "freetype" # This loads the GLX module
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
# For most OSs the protocol can be omitted (it defaults to "Standard").
# When using XQUEUE (only for SVR3 and SVR4, but not Solaris),
# uncomment the following line.
# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# Option "LeftAlt" "Meta"
# Option "RightAlt" "ModeShift"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# These are the default XKB settings for XFree86
# Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
# Option "XkbModel" "pc101"
# Option "XkbLayout" "us"
# Option "XkbVariant" ""
# Option "XkbOptions" ""
# Option "XkbDisable"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "AutoRepeat" "500 30"# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "hp"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
# Identifier and driver
# the following line.
# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"
# Baudrate and SampleRate are only for some Logitech mice. In
# almost every case these lines should be omitted.
# Option "BaudRate" "9600"
# Option "SampleRate" "150"
# Emulate3Buttons is an option for 2-button Microsoft mice
# Emulate3Timeout is the timeout in milliseconds (default is 50ms)
# Option "Emulate3Buttons"
# Option "Emulate3Timeout" "50"
# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice
# Option "ChordMiddle"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"# When using XQUEUE, comment out the above two lines, and uncomment
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
# HorizSync is in kHz unless units are specified.
# HorizSync may be a comma separated list of discrete values, or a
# comma separated list of ranges of values.
# NOTE: THE VALUES HERE ARE EXAMPLES ONLY. REFER TO YOUR MONITOR'S
# USER MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT NUMBERS.
# HorizSync 30-64 # multisync
# HorizSync 31.5, 35.2 # multiple fixed sync frequencies
# HorizSync 15-25, 30-50 # multiple ranges of sync frequencies
# VertRefresh is in Hz unless units are specified.
# VertRefresh may be a comma separated list of discrete values, or a
# comma separated list of ranges of values.
# NOTE: THE VALUES HERE ARE EXAMPLES ONLY. REFER TO YOUR MONITOR'S
# USER MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT NUMBERS.
Identifier "Sony Multiscan HG"
ModelName "Generic Monitor, 1280x1024 @ 74 Hz"
HorizSync 31.5 - 79.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 90.0
EndSection

Section "Device"
# The chipset line is optional in most cases. It can be used to override
# the driver's chipset detection, and should not normally be specified.
# Chipset "generic"
# The Driver line must be present. When using run-time loadable driver
# modules, this line instructs the server to load the specified driver
# module. Even when not using loadable driver modules, this line
# indicates which driver should interpret the information in this section.
# The BusID line is used to specify which of possibly multiple devices
# this section is intended for. When this line isn't present, a device
# section can only match up with the primary video device. For PCI
# devices a line like the following could be used. This line should not
# normally be included unless there is more than one video device
# intalled.
# BusID "PCI:0:10:0"
# VideoRam 256
# Clocks 25.2 28.3
Identifier "Standard VGA"
Driver "vga"
VendorName "Unknown"
BoardName "Unknown"
EndSection

Section "Device"
VideoRam 32768
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
Identifier "NVidia GeForce"
####Essential to change this:
#Driver "nv"
####to this:
Driver "nvidia"

BoardName "NVidia GeForce 2 GTS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen 1"
Device "NVidia GeForce"
Monitor "Sony Multiscan HG"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "640x480" "800x600" "1024x768" "1280x1024"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "640x480" "800x600" "1024x768" "1280x1024"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

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Well, I'm not that new to linux, I do know some stuff, and yes, I did do all that exactly as you stated. Also, this is on rh8.0. I noticed you do no have "unix /:7100" for a FontPath. This seems to be what is causing my problem because it doesn't want to initialize. Should I try reinstalling xfs?
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Old 10-06-02, 07:58 AM   #12
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Unhappy GDM and square box in GUI on RH 8.0

Is their a solution to the GDM problems?

Login screen is messed up with nvidia driver.

Or is text login the only way?

Also I get a box in the middle of the GUI which is
covering up the center.
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