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What's the magic line of code to boot nvidea pci cards?
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Smithy


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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jun 2018, 15:15    Post subject:  What's the magic line of code to boot nvidea pci cards?
Subject description: Quadro FX 540
 

Well this was embarassing.
Took Puppy Artful on a stick round to a friend's man cave studio.
Stuck it in a Packard Bell core duo or dual core era pc. Well it seemed to be doing the usual until at the end the desktop went black and then ended it up with a severely distorted looking screen, which we could just make out that it had a badly distorted windows logo on it.

Was like puppy had tried to morph windows like in The Fly film.
Locked up completely. Tried it three times tweaking bios settings but just the same lockup at the end.

I stuck the same stick in a laptop which has a built in nvidia and that booted up fine.

Do I need to add nouveaux line in syslinux config so it will boot?
BTW I would be happy with vesa driver or whatever.
This is what I have normally used.

default puppy
display boot.msg
prompt 1
timeout 50

F1 boot.msg
F2 help.msg
F3 help2.msg

label puppy
kernel vmlinuz
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash

Thanks for any info, will try and get the model of the pci card if I can.
It's probably quite oldish though, I saw a little spider living there.
EDIT: NVIDEA Quadro FX 540

we tried peering in with a torch, but the pc was set back behind synths, modules and various pedals and miles of spaghetti, that we just broke out the beers instead.. seven just boots dandy with it, 4gb ram.

Would be nice for it to just work though..dented pride and all that bunkum lol.
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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jun 2018, 17:08    Post subject:  

You can try
nouveau.modeset=0
or
nouveau.noaccel=1
are they the ones you mean?

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bigpup


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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jun 2018, 17:19    Post subject:  

Was the stick setup when using it on a different computer?
Using a save with settings for that computer?
If yes.
Settings are not going to work on a different computer.

Put pfix=ram on the end of the append line.
That should stop the save from being used.

Code:
label puppy
kernel vmlinuz
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash pfix=ram

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Smithy


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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jun 2018, 18:55    Post subject:  

Yes Oscartalks, that looks like the ones.
I'm sure I did try pressing F3 and then typing puppy nouveau.modeset=0
to the boot procedure and it didn't work. Still corrupted the screen at the end.

So I just want to add it to the syslinux.cfg and try that
Would I put the line in underneath
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash?

I will make a couple of syslinux.cfg files and stick em in a folder on the stick to swap out alternately to the root of the stick.

Bigpup, it's ready to boot on any pc, no save files involved.

EDIT: Thanks, the line worked and it booted to desktop.

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jun 2018, 23:13    Post subject:  

Code:
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash nouveau.modeset=0


Could try pfix=nox
At the prompt run xorgwizard
Try the vesa driver or some of the other driver options in xorgwizard

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