David Legg david_legg at tiscali.co.uk
Mon Apr 14 12:48:58 BST 2003

On Sun, 2003-04-13 at 20:36, Ian Porter wrote:
> Hi all
> I have just got myself a new computer with a nVidia TI 4200 graphics card :), 
> (running MD 9.1), but I have tried to install the drivers 
> (NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4349.run) for 
> it from the nvidia web site and once I have changed the line from "nv" to 
> "nvidia" in the XF86Config-4 file and restart X it always displays a black 
> screen and does nothing else :(.
> I have included the XF86Config-4 file, of course with the "nv" selected 
> because other wish I would not be able to startx :). 
> Just wondering if there is any silly mistake that I have done ?

Yes you have. You need to take out or comment out the Load "v4l" line in
your XF86Config-4 file (you've got the glx module loaded) and of course
change the nv driver to nvidia. I have attached my working config file
as reference for you.
In my experience the Nvidia drivers are rock solid (I installed them
without leaving X) and you shouldn't have any hardware problems except
if they are specified in the readme, so I wouldn't do anything drastic
with AGP settings et al. Just get your config file working.

Make sure you install the kernel rpm/tar first and then the GLX package
(I'm not sure how the latest version of the drivers does things but the
principle should be the same).
If you do that and get your XF86Config-4 file looking like this then you
should be good to go. You can then monkey around with the cursor shading
options and other such stuff :).

Let me know if that sorts it.

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# File generated by XFdrake.

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
    # Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
    # By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
    # the X server to render fonts.
    FontPath "unix/:-1"

Section "ServerFlags"
    #DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
    AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work
    #DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)

Section "Module"
    Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
    Load "glx" # 3D layer
    Load "extmod"
    Load "type1"
    Load "freetype"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Keyboard1"
    Driver "Keyboard"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
    Option "XkbOptions" ""

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Mouse1"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
    Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "monitor1"
    VendorName "Mitsubishi"
    ModelName "Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 91 (NFL9905)"
    HorizSync 30.0-96.0
    VertRefresh 50.0-140.0
    # Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?
    # 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync
    ModeLine "1024x480"    65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344   480  488  494  563 -hsync -vsync
    # TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
    # 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
    ModeLine "768x576"     50.00  768  832  846 1000   576  590  595  630
    # 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
    ModeLine "768x576"     63.07  768  800  960 1024   576  578  590  616

Section "Device"
    Identifier "device1"
    VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
    BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce2 DDR (generic)"
    Driver "nvidia"

    Option "DPMS"

    # nVidia AGP and look and feel settings
    Option "NvAGP" "1"
    Option "CursorShadow" "1"
    Option "DigitalVibrance" "20"
    Option "FlatPanelProperties" "Scaling=aspect-scaled,Dithering=enabled"

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "screen1"
    Device "device1"
    Monitor "monitor1"
    DefaultColorDepth 24
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 8
        Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 15
        Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 16
        Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 24
        Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "layout1"
    InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
    Screen "screen1"
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