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Looking for a video fix for a GeForce FX 5200 card
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jacatone

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PostPosted: Wed 23 Apr 2014, 23:53    Post subject:  Looking for a video fix for a GeForce FX 5200 card  

I installed Carolina 1.2 Linux on an old Dell Dimension 4600 with an old GeForce FX 5200 AGP video card. I found a "NVIDIA-173.14.25-k2.6.33.2-1.pet" which is supposed to work for this card, but now I get "You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA x DRIVER. Please edit your X configuration file (just run "nvidia-xconfig" as root). and restart the X server. Which I did, but still get this message when I bring up the NVIDIA X Server Settings.
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 03:03    Post subject:  

When it tells you the nvidia driver is not in use could you make a copy of the contents of /etc/X11/xorg.conf and post it here? Also, if possible, a screenshot of the /etc/X11 directory contents.
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jacatone

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 03:14    Post subject:  

Here's the xorg.config file:

"# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder75) Wed Jan 27 03:02:48 PST 2010


Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Layout0"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
EndSection

Section "Files"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/default/Type1"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# generated from default
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# generated from default
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "Unknown"
HorizSync 30.0 - 110.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 150.0
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Device0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Device0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
EndSubSection
EndSection"


Here's the X11 directory:

"app-defaults xorg.conf. xorg.conf.backup Xorg.conf-generic-laptop
xkb xorg.conf0 xorg.conf.bak xorg.conf.NVIDIAPF790
xorg.conf xorg.conf-auto-pc xorg.conf.example xorg.conf.t2"
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rufwoof

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 03:18    Post subject:  

Maybe try exit to prompt, and type in xorgwizard, don't use the PROBE choice, choose yourself and highlight the Nvidia (not NV) choice. Test, Save (and maybe having to set your resolution choice) and restart X (run xwin).
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 03:20    Post subject:  

Thanks. Could you also run hardinfo and look at the pci devices and post the string shown under vga controller?
eg: VGA compatible controller : NVIDIA Corporation NV17M [GeForce4 420 Go] (rev a3) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
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Geoffrey


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Location: Queensland Australia ɹǝpu∩uʍop

PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 04:17    Post subject: Re: Looking for a video fix for a GeForce FX 5200 card  

jacatone wrote:
I installed Carolina 1.2 Linux on an old Dell Dimension 4600 with an old GeForce FX 5200 AGP video card. I found a "NVIDIA-173.14.25-k2.6.33.2-1.pet" which is supposed to work for this card, but now I get "You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA x DRIVER. Please edit your X configuration file (just run "nvidia-xconfig" as root). and restart the X server. Which I did, but still get this message when I bring up the NVIDIA X Server Settings.

That isn't the correct kernel version, I compiled the PAE version nvidia-glx-173.14.39-k3.2.13-ski.sfs or nvidia-glx-173.14.39-k3.2.13-ski.pet

See if that fixes things for you,

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jacatone

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 16:32    Post subject:  

Didn't seem to have any effect. I switched AGP video cards to an NVIDIA 256 DDR and that seems to work a lot better. Strange, I guess PL doesn't work with everything. Even though CL is only 400 MBs, it runs slower than my old WinXP install. Is there an updated video driver for this 256 card?
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 16:48    Post subject:  

There is a lot of information suggesting that nvidia-settings does not correctly update the xorg.conf file if the file contains certain pre-existing info. Apparently if you make a backup of the file (just for safety), then in the original file remove everything other than the "Device" section, then run nvidia settings it will allow it to create a good xorg.conf.

These posts are a source of lots of good info re nvidia setup (if you have time Smile )

How to install nvidia drivers:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=365818#365818


Various Ubuntu comments (Cant save settings till empty xorg file plus one device section is used... etc)(Lots of comments about 5200 - INCLUDING comments by RJARRRPCGP who is also a member of the Murga puppy forum)
http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1101445.html

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=93382
(geforce FX5200 not holding nvidia driver - "not using nvidia")

RJARRRPCGP comments on FX7x00
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=256074#256074
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Geoffrey


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PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 19:46    Post subject:  

jacatone wrote:
Didn't seem to have any effect. I switched AGP video cards to an NVIDIA 256 DDR and that seems to work a lot better. Strange, I guess PL doesn't work with everything. Even though CL is only 400 MBs, it runs slower than my old WinXP install. Is there an updated video driver for this 256 card?


I assume the reply was to me, If you have installed the drivers I posted make sure that the old one is removed first, the easiest I've found is to use the SFS and load it, when it asks to run the nvidia config don't cancel and reboot, on Desktop startup a xorwizard popup should appear, run that and select Choose scroll down to nvidia Nvidia, select your monitors maximum screen resolution x 24bit color, select TEST, just continue to finish that and it will go to a desktop, open a terminal and type glxgears, you will be able to check the frame rate.

What Product Type, Product Series, Product number is the NVIDIA 256 DDR?

You can build you own drivers if you follow the tut I made for Carolina, it has the nvidia download link and the links for the devx and kernel source.
http://smokey01.com/carolina/pages/nvidia-tut/Nvidia_Installation_Tutorial.html

or download and install http://shinobar.server-on.net/puppy/opt/getnvidia-1.0.pet, you will still need the the devx and kernel source, if you already have a nvidia driver installed it will prompt you to look for an update, it's better to uninstall the driver that's not working and download the driver you need for you card from http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
then run the getnvidia which you will find in Control Panel > System, with getnvidia's file browser select the nvidia driver .run file you downloaded, just follow the directions and it will create a sfs and pet of the drivers in you home directory and it loads the sfs, just reboot and the xorwizard popup will appear and just do the same as I described before.

That works for me, I think I have the procedure correctly outlined, hope that helps.

Geoff

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Apr 2014, 00:31    Post subject:  

Hello All Very Happy
@ jacatone I have the same video card if You are unable to build a driver like Geoffrey said
"witch I too have used works great ! " I will happily make you one Wink
You will have to give me a little time to get Carolina up and running though Wink
I hope shinobar's getnvidia works out for ya always has for me Wink good luck Wink

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