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    Default I have a question about a video card

    Now I'm not a rookie when it comes to computers. But this one stumps me.. I just got a Geforce 8400gs PCI since it was the only PCI card at the store I could find. Now when I put the card in and have the monitor hooked up to it.. it just freezes up before it even gets to the login screen. Should I install the drivers first?

    So I'm running Gnome and 11.1 for the system... Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    Is this from an existing install? or from a Live CD?

    You may need to use 'vesa' to enable a GUI until you get the video driver installed.

    It is possible to add repo's from the CLI, but you may find it difficult. You would use zypper: Zypper/Usage/11.1 - openSUSE

    If this is a installed system, you could try failsafe boot
    or
    To add the vesa option, just type it in the boot argument line

    It's F3 from a live cd to get to vesa
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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    I have the OS installed on the pc.

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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    login to level3 CLI as user then go su and do:

    sax2 -r -m 0=vesa

    that will write vesa to x

    then once you add the nvidia repo and install the driver, it should all fall in to place nicely
    you may have to use yast to configure your monitor, mine from install is on vesa and I have to switch to LCD 1440x900

    I always keep a nvidia driver in my /home/username
    just in case
    It's easy to run it from level3 too. Quite a few users do it the manual way, it's just you have to re-install after each kernel update.
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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    Once I run that sax command, etc then I'll power down and put the card back in and aim to get it setup.. thanks for the info.. I printed it up to read while the pc is shutdown. Right now the monitor is just connected to the port on the motherboard, but obviously that won't show up when the card is in strangely enough...

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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    Well I'll give it a shot tomorrow since seeing I need to be to work at 3am.. But yeah I had added the vesa mode to x, and the system still seemed to freeze up... hmmm Sometimes I just hate computers in general, but also I love them.

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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    Still unable to get the card to work via this info that was provided over the weekend. And other info via google that I was searching with.

    I'm open to any options to try..

    As when the card is in the pc I get the startup options screen. And either option I choose it freezes up be it the normal bootup option or the failsafe...

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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    Alright so here is how to install the nvidia driver manually, in case the one in the repo doesn't work or u just want to use the latest.

    Go to Yast>Software>Software Management

    Search for and install if you don't have these:

    make
    gcc
    kernel-source

    Now download the latest Nvidia driver:

    Place the file in your /home/username

    Now restart and at the boot screen, pause the boot by moving the down button, then move back up and clear any text in the boot arguments by holding backspace. Then just type the number: 3
    At the login

    Type "root" then enter and then your root password and press enter.

    now type
    cd /home/username

    *Now remember you can use the {TAB} key to auto complete

    so type:
    sh NVIDIA{TAB}
    and the whole file name should auto complete

    eg: sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.09-pkg1.run

    Follow the installer and let it compile the kernel module for you.
    Say Yes to everything
    Use TAB to move around
    reboot
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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    Tried it before... Same error as before too.. whether I choose the normal boot or failsafe... But this is only with the video card inserted.

    WARNING: at kernel/smp.c331 smp_call_function_mask+0x35/0x183()
    Modules linked in: intel_agp agpgart usbhid hid ff_memless sd_mod crc_t10dif ohci_hcd ehci_hcd uhci_hcd usbcore edd ata_piix libata scsi_mod dock ext3 mbcache jbd fan thermal processor thermal_sys hwmon
    supported: yes
    pid: 0, comm: swapper Tainted:G D W 2.6.27.7-9 default #1
    [<c0106570> dump_trace+0x6b/0x249

    And it just stops there... cntrl/alt/del does nothing and can't type anything as the cursor just blinks under the "d" of "dump_trace"...

    But yet the system boots just fine with the monitor connected to the port on the motherboard. Hmmm...

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    Default Re: I have a question about a video card

    So you have some onboard video?

    Is it necessary to disable it in the BIOS?
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