|Summary:||Can't load X server when using an nForce MB|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Raw Hide||Reporter:||Ryan <rtz549>|
|Component:||XFree86||Assignee:||Mike A. Harris <mharris>|
|Status:||CLOSED NOTABUG||QA Contact:||Brock Organ <borgan>|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
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|Last Closed:||2002-08-26 19:04:49 UTC||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
Description Ryan 2002-08-26 04:30:55 UTC
Description of Problem: I can't install Rawhide using the graphical installer. It says trying to load X and counts to 5 then a black screen is as far as it goes. How Reproducible: Easy. Steps to Reproduce: Get a computer that has an MSI nForce motherboard in it. Try and install Rawhide on it using the graphical installer while booting off the CD. Actual Results: A black screen. Expected Results: Actually installing the OS. Additional Information: Please include the nForce drivers and the Nvidia card drivers with the next beta and future releases. GeForce card drivers: http://nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=linux nForce drivers: http://nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=linux_nforce_1.0-0241 I want to see those drivers, or newer ones in the ISO.
Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2002-08-26 19:16:03 UTC
You will not see those drivers on the ISO, or anywhere in Red Hat Linux. Red Hat does not support proprietary closed source drivers, and currently has no intention of doing so in the future. Red Hat does not include binary only driver code in the distribution because it is not maintainable nor supportable. In order to get this hardware to function under Red Hat Linux, users need to acquire the drivers themselves from Nvidia, and also seek any and all technical support from Nvidia while using these drivers. We only support the open source "nv" driver, and using that driver, we only support the hardware which it contains support for. That list of hardware is available from: http://www.xfree86.org/4.2.0/Status.html If a piece of hardware is not explicitly on that list, then it is not officially supported by XFree86, nor by Red Hat. Users may try using the "vesa" driver for a mediocre 2D driver, however we merely provide that driver and do not officially support it either since generally bugs that occur using the "vesa" driver are bugs in the video cards own BIOS, and we're unable to fix BIOS bugs.
Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2002-08-26 19:20:30 UTC
As an added note, the Nvidia drivers contain binary-only code compiled with gcc 2.x. Kernels compiled with gcc 3.x can not safely load code compiled with gcc 2.x without risk of data loss. Current Red Hat Linux beta releases and rawhide contain kernels compiled with gcc 3.2. Mandrake's beta release also contains gcc 3.2, and most likely all other major distributions will be using gcc 3.2 ASAP also. In order for the Nvidia drivers to work, Nvidia will need to release new gcc 3.2 compiled binaries.