Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 41157
UXGA Display/NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go video not supported
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
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Description of problem:
In the installer, 800x600 test page is the highest resolution to work with
any of the NVIDIA/custom options. When booting RHL7.1 after install, X
displays garbage screen.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Insert RHL7.1 Install CD #1
2.Turn on computer
3.Follow install instructions
Actual Results: Initial boot sequence okay.
Tries to load X:
Garbage screen - blue + white squares.
Expected Results: Viewable X: KDE
I have a Dell Inspiron 8000 with 15" UXGA display and an NVIDIA GeForce 2
Go with 32MB DDR.
So does the graphical installer work? Is the problem just after rebooting?
Also, after the installation, can you run Xconfigurator and see if that solves
to problem? However, before you run Xconfigurator, please make a backup of the
/etc/X11/XF86Config and /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 files so that if running
Xconfigurator fixes the problem, we can look at the config files that anaconda
wrote and see what's wrong with them.
The graphical installer works fine, except for the test screen, which only worked in 800x600 mode, so I set the resolution for that. X hangs the computer if
you try to load it. I tried Xconfigurator, to no avail. I also downloaded two very recent RPMs from the NVIDIA website (which were hard to find as they're
not in the linux drivers page). After installing, the NVKernel fails altogether. I'm not at my laptop at present, otherwise I would provide a log file. Others
have had similar problems - see the delltalk website. Dell Canada were extremely unhelpful as they 'only support the OS supplied with the system'. You
also can't get linux pre-installed in Canada. Thanks for your help.
Mike, are the nVidia drivers the closed source? Do we have a shot at fixing
Mike, any input?
The nVidia drivers downloaded from nVidia are closed source, the ones included
with XFree86 aren't.
While they may be "closed source," I had (nearly) the same problem and was
successful in building and installing the NVIDIA Kernel and GLX drivers from
The trick is to ignore the desire to use their supposed src.rpm and just build
the drivers from their "generic UNIX tarball." I know it hurts--but it does
Long-term: guess we'll have to roll our our RPM/SRPM to get this to behave.
The GeForce 2 Go is not supported. XFree86 4.2.0 aparently when released
will support this card in 2D. For now, the only way to get support is
to use Nvidia's binary drivers. I do know that a while back, the binary
drivers were broken, but if I recall correctly, the latest ones work.
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2001 14:39:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mark Vojkovich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: XFree86 devel list <email@example.com>
Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII
Subject: Re: Nvidia status document:
On Sat, 20 Oct 2001, Thomas Witzel wrote:
> What means GeForce2 Go is not supported ? XFree runs on mine...
Some people have said the Toshiba laptops work with the "nv" driver.
I've never seen it work, and frankly, I don't see how it can. It
certainly doesn't work on the one we have here. Must be some sort
of bios miracle you are seeing. The "nv" driver definitely does not
support the GeForce2 Go in terms of having code required to make
it work for the general case.
*** Bug 56675 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 59461 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***