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Old 09-29-05, 08:49 PM   #1
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Question No pre-compiled kernal interface for FedoraCore4

I have a Geforce FX5200 with SiS648FX motherboard and am running Fedora Core4 which came with and installed the Kernel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.

My kernel source directory is /usr/src/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4-i686 so I guess my kernel is optimised for x686 and Pentium processors.

Before downloading and installing NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-7676-pkg1.run I had everything working but with only the 800x600 and 640x400 resolution display modes available.

I want to get a resolution of at least 1024x768, and that is why I tried to install the Nvidia drivers.

During installation it claimed it had no pre-compiled interface for my kernel, and it also could not find one on the Nvidia web site. But it succeeded in compiling one [by reference to my sources and header files presumably?]
I edited Xorg.conf as required and restarted X. But my display resolution options are the same as before - only 800x600 and 640x400.

In the screen section of X, I tried adding "1024x768" in front of the 800x600 and 640x400 that were already there on that line.

But that didn't work. The GUI got confused, with the wallpaper at 1024x768, but the Desktop only using part of the screen corresp to 800x600, and all the control buttons were missing.

How do I get higher resolutions working properly?
Can I make use of MetaModes CRT: 1024x768
OR: IgnoreEDID
OR: Am I limited to 800x600 because this is the limit for a TV and it doesn't know that I've got a CRT?
Should I use NvAGP 1 [or perhaps 3?]
[SiS648 is supported by NvAGP so I don't need AGPGART?]
Is my problem related to the fact that the NVIDIA installation had to compile the kernel interface, or is that nothing to worry about?
Help please !!!!
PS This graphics card works fine at higher resolutions under WinXP on the same computer.
Cheers

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Old 09-29-05, 10:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: No pre-compiled kernal interface for FedoraCore4

From the NVIDIA driver README:
###################
Q. Using GNOME configuration utilities, I am unable to get a resolution above
800x600. What is wrong?

A. The installation of GNOME provided in distributions such as Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 4 contain several competing interfaces for specifying
resolution:


'System Settings' -> 'Display'


which will update the X configuration file, and


'Applications' -> 'Preferences' -> 'Screen Resolution'


which will update the per-user screen resolution using the XRandR
extension. Your desktop resolution will be limited to the smaller of the
two settings. Please be sure to check the setting of each.
################

-Lonni
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Old 09-30-05, 06:59 PM   #3
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Exclamation Re: No pre-compiled kernal interface for FedoraCore4

Thanks Lonni, BUT:

Unfortunately I think I am not using Gnome utilities, because I am using the KDE GUI that came with Fedora Core 4.

Yes I did read that FAQ tip also, but I already checked, and as far as I can see, the KDE interface only provides ONE place where the resolution can be adjusted.

..... so - I think my problem goes a little deeper ??? !

cheers, Rob
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Old 09-30-05, 09:29 PM   #4
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Default Re: No pre-compiled kernal interface for FedoraCore4

Are you using GDM or KDM? If you're using GDM then you're using Gnome, and you need to follow the instructions I provided.

Thanks,
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