Debian Lenny Nvidia GeForce FX5200

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Debian Lenny Nvidia GeForce FX5200

Postby linuxbobelhead » 2009-02-18 22:33

Hi I'm using Debian Lenny and a Nvidia GeForce FX5200 graphics card through pci and every thing works fine except when I go to play games, then every thing slows down, or the game may not start at all.
I did some searches and see that I'd need some drivers and something to enable hardware acceleration.
I looked for the drivers on symatic and aptitude but I don't see the ones that every one talks about the nvidia-173, so what packages do I need to get going?
I need help. :(
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Postby logan » 2009-02-18 22:51

nvidia-glx in lenny is v173.14.09, which will work for the FX5200.

http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers
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Postby linuxbobelhead » 2009-02-19 00:32

I'v given that a go and it will not configure.
I think I need to manuly configure X.
Any help?
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Postby mase » 2009-02-19 01:04

There is a tool called nvidia-xconfig.

Execute that as root and it will configure X for you.

You have to restart X after that.
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Postby linuxbobelhead » 2009-02-20 00:55

mase wrote:There is a tool called nvidia-xconfig.

Execute that as root and it will configure X for you.

You have to restart X after that.


I tryed it but no luck it's saying it failed.
I use Xfree so I will do an edit on my own.
Section "Device"
Identifier "Device[0]"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
BoardName "GeForce FX 5200"
Will that work?
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Postby mase » 2009-02-20 01:12

Could work, but I wonder why nvidia-xconfig failed.

What is the exact error message?
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Postby comsparks » 2009-02-20 01:32

I have a 6200 and this is how I got mine to work. Logged on as ROOT. Go to Nvidia and download NVIIDIA-Linux-x86-180.29-pkg1.run and put it in /usr/src. Then go to
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/how-to-ins ... ian-lenny/
Open Terminal and follow steps 2,3,4,6 and 7 and below. Mine came right up and works great.

P.S. Don't forget to substitute the NVIIDIA-Linux-x86-180.29-pkg1.run with the one in step 7.

Enjoy!
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Postby linuxbobelhead » 2009-02-26 03:33

It still failed saying,
(II) Module Nvidia not found.
(EE) NVIDIA failed to load the nvidia kernel module.
(EE) NVIDIA *** aborting ***
(EE) Screens found but none have a usable configuration.
Fatal Server Error:
No screens found.

And
comsparks wrote:I have a 6200 and this is how I got mine to work. Logged on as ROOT. Go to Nvidia and download NVIIDIA-Linux-x86-180.29-pkg1.run and put it in /usr/src. Then go to
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/how-to-ins ... ian-lenny/
Open Terminal and follow steps 2,3,4,6 and 7 and below. Mine came right up and works great.

P.S. Don't forget to substitute the NVIIDIA-Linux-x86-180.29-pkg1.run with the one in step 7.

Enjoy!
:D


This failed to.
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Postby mase » 2009-02-26 11:46

You need the nvidia kenrel module.

Normal that would be installed with nvidia-glx.

Can you post the output of:

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aptitude search nvidia-kernel

and
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uname -r
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Re: Debian Lenny Nvidia GeForce FX5200

Postby thriftee » 2009-02-26 15:32

linuxbobelhead wrote:Hi I'm using Debian Lenny and a Nvidia GeForce FX5200 graphics card through pci and every thing works fine except when I go to play games, then every thing slows down, or the game may not start at all.
I did some searches and see that I'd need some drivers and something to enable hardware acceleration.
I looked for the drivers on symatic and aptitude but I don't see the ones that every one talks about the nvidia-173, so what packages do I need to get going?
I need help. :(


If you don't see the nvidia drivers it might be because your /ext/apt/sources.list don't have contrib and non-free added yet. If that's the case, after adding them you need to do an

apt-get update

to get them added to the list of packages you see with apt-get or synaptic. Personally, I thought it was easier to temporarily run the x-windows vesa or nv driver so I could use synaptic in x-windows to install the nvidia drivers instead of doing it by hand as the wiki shows or doing it with the nvidia .run package.
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Postby didi » 2009-02-26 15:37

Do you have a Section "Screen" in your xorg.conf?

Might as well post your whole /etc/X11/xorg.conf file ...
thriftee wrote:If you don't see the nvidia drivers it might be because your /ext/apt/sources.list don't have contrib and non-free added yet.

He already has that, otherwise he couldn't install nvidia-xconfig ;)
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Postby thriftee » 2009-02-26 15:44

didi wrote:Do you have a Section "Screen" in your xorg.conf?

Might as well post your whole /etc/X11/xorg.conf file ...
thriftee wrote:If you don't see the nvidia drivers it might be because your /ext/apt/sources.list don't have contrib and non-free added yet.

He already has that, otherwise he couldn't install nvidia-xconfig ;)


hmmm, ok, but if that's true, then why couldn't he see the nvidia-glx or nvidia-settings in synaptic?

looks to me like nvidia-xconfig has a little red debian symbol next to it

no expert here....
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Postby didi » 2009-02-26 15:48

Read the rest of the thread, not just the first post ;)
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Postby linuxbobelhead » 2009-02-27 02:36

# aptitude search nvidia-kernel
v nvidia-kernel-173.14.09 -
i A nvidia-kernel-2.6.26-1-686 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.
i A nvidia-kernel-common - NVIDIA binary kernel module common files
i nvidia-kernel-source - NVIDIA binary kernel module source

# uname -r
2.6.27.7-debian-lenny

Original xorg.conf
# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us,gb,de,it"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
EndSection
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Postby mase » 2009-02-27 06:47

Ah, so you installed your own kernel..

In this case i suggest to do the following:

Remove all nvidia- packages with aptitude.

Then use sgfxi to install the nvidia driver:

Get it like this:

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cd /usr/local/bin;wget -Nc smxi.org/sgfxi;chmod +x sgfxi


Stop the display manager:

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/etc/init.d/gdm stop


Login as root and then start the script:

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sgfxi


That should install the nvidia driver and configure X correctly.
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