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    How do I get a new video card working?

    I just put a video card in my system. Card: nVIDIA e-GeForce FX 5200 128 Mb AGP System: P4 1.6 Ghz, 512 Mb, Amprton 925 ATX, 40 Gb.

    Naive me. Assumed that's all I had to do. Forgot, this is Linux and I'm a Linux ignoramous.

    What do I do? I take it reconnect the monitor to the onboard processor. Install a driver. What driver? How? Tweak some file. What file? How?

    I checked the sticky thread on this but the posts were pretty old.

    Pointers would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Eric Weir
    Decatur, GA USA
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    Re: How do I get a new video card working?

    The driver you are looking for can be found on nVidia's website. A direct download can be found here:

    http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree8...14.05-pkg1.run

    Once you've downloaded it, go into the directory that it's in and type
    Code:
    sh NVIDIA*
    into the terminal. You first may need to stop X11 from running. If you get some sort of message like that, to stop X11, enter:
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    After this, you'll be in terminal mode (there will be no GUI). Then just enter the command above that deals with running the driver. Just follow the instructions. After everything is done, to get your gdm back up and running, enter:
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    That's about it!
    Last edited by Metaleks; June 7th, 2008 at 11:59 PM.
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    Re: How do I get a new video card working?

    Quote Originally Posted by Metaleks View Post
    . . . . just enter the command above that deals with running the driver. Just follow the instructions. . . .
    Thanks, Metaleks. After posting my plea for help I checked the Ubuntu how-to's which lead me to the nVIDIA website. The instructions there were relatively clear. Your's are a lot clearer.

    Thanks much.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Weir
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    Re: How do I get a new video card working?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Weir View Post
    Thanks, Metaleks. After posting my plea for help I checked the Ubuntu how-to's which lead me to the nVIDIA website. The instructions there were relatively clear. Your's are a lot clearer.

    Thanks much.

    Sincerely,
    No problem. Glad it worked out for you.
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    Re: How do I get a new video card working?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Weir View Post
    Thanks, Metaleks. After posting my plea for help I checked the Ubuntu how-to's which lead me to the nVIDIA website. The instructions there were relatively clear. Your's are a lot clearer.
    I spoke too quickly. The instructions are clear. Unfortunately, they assume that I have a display after installing the card. That turns out not to be the case. I can't see anything. Can't even get to the bios, let alone the command line in grub.

    I seem to be in a double-bind. Can't do anything I've seen suggested for getting the driver installed.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Eric Weir
    Decatur, GA USA
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    Re: How do I get a new video card working?

    just to make it clear your stating after the attempt to install the driver you no cannot get grub to even boot?

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    Re: How do I get a new video card working?

    Quote Originally Posted by horan116 View Post
    just to make it clear your stating after the attempt to install the driver you no cannot get grub to even boot?
    No. After installing the card I can't see anything. Can't even boot into bios -- or maybe I can, I just can't see whether I have or not.

    No display whatever after installing card.

    Thanks for asking.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Weir
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    Re: How do I get a new video card working?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pjotr123 View Post
    The suggestion is this:
    Boot your computer in Recovery Mode. That's the second option in the Grub boot menu. When you don't normally get to see the Grub menu, render it visible by pressing the Esc (escape) key several times when the BIOS screen turns up.
    That assumes I can see the grub menu. I can't. I can't see anything.

    E.g., my monitor is in sleep mode before booting. Normally, as soon as the boot process starts, the monitor wakes up. With the new card installed nothing happens. Monitor continues to snooze. Can't get to bios. Can't get to grub menu. It's as is if I had no monitor at all.

    Thanks for the suggestion nevertheless.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Weir
    Decatur, GA USA
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    Re: How do I get a new video card working?

    Are you sure that you've connected the monitor correctly *physically*? It sounds as if it's disconnected.

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