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Old 07-20-07, 01:00 AM   #1
steventhomas42
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Default NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX400 and FC7

I did a fresh FTP install of FC7 on my system last week with an NVIDIA Geforce2 AGP card installed.

I had no problems getting X to run (Gnome), but the maximum screen resolution was 800x600. When I tried to run xSANE for my scanner, I couldn't get to the buttons on the bottom b/c the screen resolution was set too low.

I downloaded the latest legacy drivers from NVIDIA (NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9639-pkg1.run) and tried to run, but it told me that I would need to load the kernel-devel or kernel-source and then try again.

I found kernel-devel and installed it. Then I tried again and it told me it couldn't find the source files, and recommended I use the --kernel-source option. I did, and it still wouldn't install. I Googled it and came up with the following command:

Code:
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9639-pkg1.run --kernel-source-path=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.21-1.3228.fc7-i586 -k $(uname -r)
It builds the kernel module, flashes through a few screens, searches for conflicting X files and OpenGL files and installs the driver. It asks if I want it to update my X configuration file and then says it did so successfully.

When I run startx, I get this:

Code:
[root@fedora Desktop]# startx
xauth:  creating new authority file /root/.serverauth.4858


X Window System Version 1.3.0
Release Date: 19 April 2007
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 1.3
Build Operating System: Fedora Core 7 Red Hat, Inc.
Current Operating System: Linux fedora 2.6.20-2925.11.fc7xen #1 SMP Mon Jun 11 16:21:08 EDT 2007 i686
Build Date: 11 June 2007
Build ID: xorg-x11-server 1.3.0.0-9.fc7
        Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
        to make sure that you have the latest version.
Module Loader present
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
        (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
        (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Fri Jul 20 00:51:08 2007
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
(II) Module already built-in
FATAL: Error inserting nvidia (/lib/modules/2.6.20-2925.11.fc7xen/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.ko): Invalid module format
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0):  *** Aborting ***
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screens found
XIO:  fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
      after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
Any hints? I know that lots of people have troubel with the NVIDIA drivers, but this is the best spare card I had.

Any help would be appreciated.

Steve
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Old 07-20-07, 02:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX400 and FC7

Well, I was able to get X running again by setting xorg.conf to use the generic nv drivers.

Now my situation is back where I began...

The only options recognized in the GUI tool are 640x480 and 800x600. I know the GeForce2 MX supported 1024x768 under Windows. Can I not use a higher resolution than 800x600 with the NV driver uder FC7?

Here's my xorg.conf file:

Code:
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig:  version 1.0  (buildmeister@builder3)  Mon Apr 16 20:37:13 PDT 2007

# Xorg configuration created by pyxf86config

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Default Layout"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "Module"
    Load           "glx"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
    Option         "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option         "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Unknown"
    Option         "DPMS"
    Modeline "1024x768_60.00"  64.11  1024 1080 1184 1344  768 769 772 795  -HSync +Vsync
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Videocard0"
    Driver         "nv"

EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Videocard0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Viewport    0 0
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection
What do you think?
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