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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    I have a nvidia RivaTNT2 running on AMD Athlon with a linux-k7 kernel and I tried to install the legacy driver using method 1 but this is the error I get:
    (EE) No devices detected
    Fatal server error:
    No screens found

    If I comment out gl-core and dri without replacing nv with nividia, it works fine. But the moment I replace nv with nvidia, X won't start until I revert xorg.conf to its original position.

    I should also mention that I tried doing "glx-config enable" and that did not change anything either.

    Can anyone help?

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by tseliot
    Everything seems ok

    BTW If you want a more responsive desktop add the option in red (it can be buggy with some cards, I haven't had any problem though)

    Code:
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"NVIDIA Corporation NV31 [GeForce FX 5600]"
    	Driver		"nvidia"
    	BusID		"PCI:1:0:0"
    	VideoRam	256000
             Option   "RenderAccel"  "True"
    EndSection
    I have been tweaking it some over the weekend and will post the new xorg.conf when I get home.

    Thanx again for your kindness in helping noobs like myself.
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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mishal
    I have a nvidia RivaTNT2 running on AMD Athlon with a linux-k7 kernel and I tried to install the legacy driver using method 1 but this is the error I get:
    (EE) No devices detected
    Fatal server error:
    No screens found

    If I comment out gl-core and dri without replacing nv with nividia, it works fine. But the moment I replace nv with nvidia, X won't start until I revert xorg.conf to its original position.

    I should also mention that I tried doing "glx-config enable" and that did not change anything either.

    Can anyone help?
    Let's try to reproduce the error.

    Boot with the "nv" driver in your xorg.conf

    Set the driver to "nvidia" in your /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Log out and Press CTRL+ALT+F1

    You will get to the command line (no GUI)
    Type:

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop (if you use GDM)
    OR
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop (if you use KDM)
    Then:
    Code:
    startx -- -verbose 5 -logverbose 5
    You will get the same error.

    Then if you can't get to the command line press CTRL+ALT+F1 or CTRL+C (select NO if it asks you if you want to see the output of the error or something like that)

    then type:
    Code:
    sudo cp /var/log/Xorg.0.log /home/your_username/Xorg.0.log
    (Of course you have to replace "your_username" with your username)

    and post the content of that file (which you can find under /home/your_username/Xorg.0.log )


    if you want to access the GNOME or KDE again you can use this quick fix:
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Set the driver back to "nv" instead of "nvidia"
    CTRL+O to save
    CTRL+X to exit

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop (if you use GDM)
    OR
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop (if you use KDM)
    Then
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start (if you use GDM)
    OR
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/kdm start (if you use KDM)

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    OK a working xconf, stable and clean (so far). I have run it with movies and no problems.

    Section "Files"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/CID"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi"
    # paths to defoma fonts
    FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
    FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/CID"
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "bitmap"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "ddc"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "glx"
    Load "int10"
    Load "type1"
    Load "vbe"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "CoreKeyboard"
    Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
    Option "XkbLayout" "us"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Configured Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "CorePointer"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV31 [GeForce FX 5600]"
    Driver "nvidia"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    VideoRam 256000
    Option "RenderAccel" "true"
    Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Optiquest V95"
    Option "DPMS"
    HorizSync 30-65
    VertRefresh 50-75
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Device "NVIDIA Corporation NV31 [GeForce FX 5600]"
    Monitor "Optiquest V95"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 1
    Modes "1280x1024" "1152x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 4
    Modes "1280x1024" "1152x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 8
    Modes "1280x1024" "1152x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 15
    Modes "1280x1024" "1152x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 16
    Modes "1280x1024" "1152x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    Modes "1280x1024" "1152x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    EndSection

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Default Layout"
    Screen "Default Screen"
    InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
    InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
    EndSection

    Section "DRI"
    Mode 0666
    EndSection

    Section "Extensions"
    Option "Composite" "Enable"
    Option "RENDER" "true"
    Option "DAMAGE" "true"
    EndSection
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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Hi,

    First, thank you for this nice Howto.

    In method 2, since you download the driver from NVIDIA, you must accept the NVIDIA Software License.
    However, it is not the case in Mehtod 1: you just use apt-get to download the driver.
    So I'm wondering if Method 1 is legal.

    What do you think ?

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    I just got done doing the install, method 2.

    It's involved, to be sure. I wouldn't want to make a newb do it (or someone who isn't comfortable with their computer).

    But it got me my 1600x1200 screen back and it's SWEET!


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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    I have also tried using method 2 ... and succeded...
    MAJOR newbie here !!!

    What I want to ask is this .... In Windows I could unlock the extra pipelines and shaders my 6800 AGP can give with Rivatuner. Is there any way I can do that in ubuntu ?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by thibaud
    Hi,

    First, thank you for this nice Howto.

    In method 2, since you download the driver from NVIDIA, you must accept the NVIDIA Software License.
    However, it is not the case in Mehtod 1: you just use apt-get to download the driver.
    So I'm wondering if Method 1 is legal.

    What do you think ?
    I guess the licence says that you can't modify the driver as it's not GPL. I'm sure the licence is somewhere on your harddisk.

    I think you shouldn't worry as it's legal unless you modify it (as an hacker could do) or you include it by default in a distro you decide to create (and Ubuntu doesn't include the driver by default, it's only in the repos).

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by apotsi
    I have also tried using method 2 ... and succeded...
    MAJOR newbie here !!!

    What I want to ask is this .... In Windows I could unlock the extra pipelines and shaders my 6800 AGP can give with Rivatuner. Is there any way I can do that in ubuntu ?

    Thanks in advance.
    I've found the following method on the Gentoo forums:
    http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t...+pipeline.html

    This is the method (I haven't tried it myself as I don't own a 6200 or a 6800):
    It works for both the 6200 and 6800 series.

    The source file is here:
    https://home.comcast.net/~bnolsen/nvtuner.cc
    Type:

    sudo apt-get install g++

    cd path to the nvtuner.cc you downloaded

    g++ -o nvtuner nvtuner.cc -lstdc++

    The help has an example for opening pipes on a 6800 and for a 6200.

    UT2004 numbers:

    4 pipes:
    6.167242 / 45.826614 / 77.194061 fps -- Score = 22.919052 rand[335137429]
    6.237888 / 45.869602 / 78.992912 fps -- Score = 22.940914 rand[335137429]

    8 pipes:
    10.426701 / 63.173237 / 81.102638 fps -- Score = 31.590927 rand[335137429]
    9.946456 / 63.274609 / 80.736824 fps -- Score = 31.641628 rand[335137429]

    As always use at your own risk!!

    To unistall it you have to uninstall the nvidia driver (and to reinstall it)

    Please, tell me if it works so that I can add it to the guide.

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by tseliot
    I guess the licence says that you can't modify the driver as it's not GPL. I'm sure the licence is somewhere on your harddisk.

    I think you shouldn't worry as it's legal unless you modify it (as an hacker could do) or you include it by default in a distro you decide to create (and Ubuntu doesn't include the driver by default, it's only in the repos).
    Thank you for your answer tseliot,
    It's very rare to have answer to legal questions.
    I'll take a closer look at the license.
    Hava a nice day.

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