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Old 01-14-06, 02:08 AM   #1
Mr. Goodbar
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Default 1.0-8178 black screen GeForce 5200/ nv vs nvidia

Hi folks,
Here's the skinny..

- On my Intel RedHat 7.2 + XFree 4.4, the latest nvidia driver w/ my new 5200 64MB is giving me a black screen upon issuing 'startx'. No mouse.
- Using xfree config file that nvidia-xconfig generated.
- CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE does not kill X; appears to have no effect.
- CTRL+ALT+DELETE reboots the system: so it has not locked up.
- I just installed this card and have not tried other nvidia driver versions.
- Xconfigurator sets up the config file to use the "nv" driver instead of the "nvidia" driver, and this works! (LCD thru DVI @ native 1600x1200).

So, is there any reason I should attempt to get the nvidia driver to work in place of the stock XFree one, nv?

I won't need to run any 3D games, but I will want good 2D speed for running Emacs, gnuplot, konsole etc, as well as use of the dual-head features of the board and xinerama: does nv support dualhead or will I need the nvidia one for this?

Thanks!
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Old 01-14-06, 02:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1.0-8178 black screen GeForce 5200/ nv vs nvidia

Aside from 3d acceleration, the nvidia driver might also help you use your screen in a laptop. On my Dell Latitude D800, the "nv" driver has a flaw I cannot work around. The laptop's native resolution is 1680x1050, but I prefer to use 1400x1050. Unlike the "nvidia" driver, which will show at whatever resolution I want, the nv will show 1400x1050 pixels inside the lcd display of the laptop, leaving about 1 inch of unused monitor on either side.

After saying that, I have to ask: are you serious? RedHat 7.2? That must be 5 years old! The gcc with that was version 2.95. Since RedHat canceled support on 7.2 about 3 years ago, why don't you get a newer Linux distro.
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Old 01-14-06, 10:24 AM   #3
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Please generate and post an nvidia-bug-report.log.

Thanks,
Lonni
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Old 01-14-06, 11:22 AM   #4
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After saying that, I have to ask: are you serious? RedHat 7.2? That must be 5 years old! The gcc with that was version 2.95. Since RedHat canceled support on 7.2 about 3 years ago, why don't you get a newer Linux distro.
: ) The main reason probably has to do with inertia. This system has worked well for a number of years for what I need to do with it.
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Old 01-14-06, 04:47 PM   #5
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Most things now seem to work with the 6111 version. TwinView was giving me trouble, so I went with seperate displays and xinerama instead. So far, so good.
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