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Old 10-11-05, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hello,

I installed the Nvidia linux driver on my Dell XPS 600 with Redhat 9 for the GeForce 7800 GTX. I followed the instructions and went into run-level 3, ran the install program, updated the xorg.conf, and then switched back into run-level 5. Everything appeared to work fine and the 1680x1050 resolution even worked great.

Then I rebooted. and the kernel hangs on

Initializing hardware... storage network audio

Even the rescue disks won't boot! I've tried passing the kernal boot params
pci=noacpi
bci=biosirq
noapic
acpi=off

with no luck.

I just want to get anything back! how can I remove this driver and at least boot a rescue disk? or is there some backup VGA mode so I can at least boot and get the driver off.

Thanks in advance,
Jason
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Old 10-11-05, 10:21 AM   #2
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Hi,

is there any command to turn off the automatic hardware detection?
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Old 10-11-05, 10:24 AM   #3
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Try passing init=/bin/sh to kernel

and then do

mount -o remount,rw /

This is NOT a driver problem, this is your distribution's problem (probably).
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Old 10-11-05, 11:08 AM   #4
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if this is not a driver issue, then why won't either the Redhat or Gentoo rescue disks boot?
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Old 10-11-05, 11:40 AM   #5
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The NVIDIA X driver isn't loaded until X is started. This problem sounds like an unfortunate coincidence.

Thanks,
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Old 10-11-05, 12:24 PM   #6
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Seems the problem is that I had the monitor USB cable pugged in. Removing that allowed it to boot. It was plugged in before installing the driver without any problem, so I'm perplexed.

But now I have another problem, I can't halt the system. The monitor goes blank and the computer hangs. I've tried selinux=0 and reinstalling the driver.. but no luck. Well I guess I can live with that for now :<

thanks,
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Old 10-11-05, 12:28 PM   #7
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Not being to cleanly shutdown is likely a BIOS/kernel (something in ACPI land) bug.
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