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    Default no auto-login after installing new video card

    Hi,

    I'm using suse 11.1. After I installed a new video auto-login does not work anymore. Means GUI is not started.

    Auto-login works only when I boot in safe mode, but then a wrong keyboard (probably default, english) is loaded and sound does not work.

    any hints? Where can I look why GUI is not started?

    thanks,
    Willy

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    Default Re: no auto-login after installing new video card

    Quote Originally Posted by willy_back View Post
    I'm using suse 11.1. After I installed a new video auto-login does not work anymore. Means GUI is not started.

    Auto-login works only when I boot in safe mode, but then a wrong keyboard (probably default, english) is loaded and sound does not work.

    any hints? Where can I look why GUI is not started?
    Plesae, what is a "new video"? ... I'm struggling to understand that.

    Do you mean a new video card? A new video driver?

    Can you tell us what video card and what video driver you are attempting to use. It would be much easier to provide more specific advice/suggestions, if you can provide that.

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    Default Re: no auto-login after installing new video card

    Hi,

    it's a video card (GeForce 6200). Seems that video card is fine.
    I think the default (provided) driver is used, I haven't installed anything.

    Before installing the video, I used the video output from the mainboard that was fine.
    Actually I expected to somehow disable the old (for the mainboard) driver after using the new driver.

    Anyway, when looking with yast to the hardware information I find only the new (GeForce 6200) driver installed.

    thanks,
    Willy

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    Default Re: no auto-login after installing new video card

    Quote Originally Posted by willy_back View Post
    it's a video card (GeForce 6200). Seems that video card is fine.
    I think the default (provided) driver is used, I haven't installed anything.

    Before installing the video, I used the video output from the mainboard that was fine.
    Actually I expected to somehow disable the old (for the mainboard) driver after using the new driver.

    Anyway, when looking with yast to the hardware information I find only the new (GeForce 6200) driver installed.
    If you boot to run level 3, you can get this card configured and running. Run level 3 is an ascii/text prompt level where your PC is often connected to the local LAN/Internet. You can boot to run level 3 by typing "3" (no quotes) when the green grub boot menu (where you chose windoze, openSUSE <some kernel>, or openSUSE fail safe) . Choose the regular boot, but first type "3" where the 3 will appear on the options line and then press < enter > . That will boot to a text login.

    Login as a regular user. Enter regular user password.

    Then type "su" (no quotes - enter root password) to get root permissions.

    Then backup your xorg.conf file by typing (not linux is case sensitive)
    cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.mybackup

    Then check if your card is chip0 or chip1 ? Do that by typing:
    sax2 -p

    Then, assuming it is chip-1, you can get the basic vesa driver working by typing:
    sax2 -r -m 1=vesa
    Note if your card was chip-0, you would have typed "sax2 -r -m 0=vesa" (where that is zero equals vesa).

    If that works, exit sax2, and then reboot by typing "shutdown -r now" and this time do not type "3" in the grub boot menu.

    That configures for the vesa driver ... you could try the radeon driver with:
    sax2 -r -m 1=radeon
    and assuming that works, exit sax2, and then reboot by typing "shutdown -r now" and this time do not type "3" in the grub boot menu.

    There is also the "ati" (for ancient cards) and "radeonhd" for very new cards, but I suspect "radeon" is what you want.

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    Default Re: no auto-login after installing new video card

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu;2032643
    That configures for the vesa driver ... you could try the radeon driver with:
    [INDENT
    sax2 -r -m 1=radeon[/INDENT]
    and assuming that works, exit sax2, and then reboot by typing "shutdown -r now" and this time do not type "3" in the grub boot menu.

    There is also the "ati" (for ancient cards) and "radeonhd" for very new cards, but I suspect "radeon" is what you want.
    OldCpu usually has really great advice, but I think he missed something here. Just wanted to point out that he is using a Geforce card which is Nvidia, not ATI, so he should definitely not try the radeon or radeonhd driver. Instead he can try the "nv" driver, or install the nvidia (proprietary) driver while using the vesa.

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    Default Re: no auto-login after installing new video card

    Quote Originally Posted by elserj View Post
    OldCpu usually has really great advice, but I think he missed something here. Just wanted to point out that he is using a Geforce card which is Nvidia, not ATI, so he should definitely not try the radeon or radeonhd driver. Instead he can try the "nv" driver, or install the nvidia (proprietary) driver while using the vesa.
    Arrgg.... right you are .... I'm bad ..

    Instead for a nVidia graphic card, that should read:

    Login as a regular user. Enter regular user password.

    Then type "su" (no quotes - enter root password) to get root permissions.

    Then backup your xorg.conf file by typing (not linux is case sensitive)
    cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.mybackup
    Then check if your card is chip0 or chip1 ? Do that by typing:
    sax2 -p
    Then, assuming it is chip-1, you can get the basic vesa driver working by typing:
    sax2 -r -m 1=vesa
    Note if your card was chip-0, you would have typed "sax2 -r -m 0=vesa" (where that is zero equals vesa).

    If that works, exit sax2, and then reboot by typing "shutdown -r now" and this time do not type "3" in the grub boot menu.

    That configures for the vesa driver ... you could try the free open source (openGL) driver with:
    sax2 -r -m 1=nv
    and assuming that works, exit sax2, and then reboot by typing "shutdown -r now" and this time do not type "3" in the grub boot menu.

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    Default Re: no auto-login after installing new video card

    Thanks, now it works.

    Willy

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    Default Re: no auto-login after installing new video card

    To get 3D support you need the proprietary driver to be installed. Add the Community - Nvidia repo and the software installer will auto select the driver for you.

    After installing it, hit Ctrl-Alt-F1, login with username and password and do this:

    su -c 'init 3'
    enter rootpassword

    su -c 'sax2 -r -m0=nvidia'
    (where char before =nvidia is a zero.)
    enter rootpassword

    su -c 'init 5 && exit'
    enter rootpassword
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