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Old 1st September 2007, 05:37 AM
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Fedora 7 and NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 (x2) (SLI)

Installing Fedora 7 and can see all graphics fine all the way through the installation process, but as soon as it's finished and reboots I get this:



I cannot see anything that I type.
I do not know what to do to resolve and sorry, but I have no clue what I am doing so I am going to need step by step instructions...

Thanks for any help in advance,

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Old 3rd September 2007, 03:16 AM
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Can anyone give me some direction here please?

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Old 3rd September 2007, 03:38 AM
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i got the same card but don't get that problem

what type of Monitor do you have btw?

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Old 3rd September 2007, 09:43 AM
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Dell 2007WFP (Digital) LCD Panel
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Old 3rd September 2007, 09:56 AM
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Dell 2007WFP (Digital) LCD Panel
have you tried just the analogue connection? cause when i went to try an install mine when i had Digital the screen went funny, i tend to think it was a X-Server problem 1.4 should fix it
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Old 3rd September 2007, 11:15 AM
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I suppose I could find the analog attachment somewhere - but it did the same thing in version 6 install...if they had fixed it in 6 then I would think they would have already addressed it in 7..I will post results.

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Old 4th September 2007, 09:02 AM
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I installed from scratch using an Analog connection and still have the exact same screen - can any one please tell me what to do to fix this? During install I noticed that it is seeing the video card and an S3, which I believe is an ATI card? Why doesn't fedora boot up to a generic VGA driver and let the user install the video driver options afterwards? In any case it will be hard to get new users (i.e. me) interested in Linux if they can't even install it to see what it is all about.

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Old 4th September 2007, 09:24 AM
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okay, no the s3 is not an ati card, actually that is the driver for the old Savage cards. Anyway when you are at the GRUB screen( the screen where you select the OS to start ), press 'e' to edit boot options after highlighting fedora then add VGA to the end of the boot command.
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Old 4th September 2007, 12:49 PM
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Thanks for the response:

Here is what I added:



The error I get is:

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Error 27: Unrecognized Command
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Old 4th September 2007, 03:37 PM
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the 2nd line that starts

kernel /vmlinuz????? but goes off the screen.. Try adding VGA to the end of that line instead of at the end.
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Old 4th September 2007, 04:28 PM
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Added "VGA" to the end of that line - no error - Same Results. (See First Screen Shot in first Post of this Thread).
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After Pressing the "e" to edit that line I am given "</LogVo100 rhgb quiet"
I added VGA to that line as both " VGA" and "/VGA" neither gave me any error.
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Old 4th September 2007, 05:33 PM
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Hello:
Try adding to your kernel boot line
mode=vesa
your kernel boot line should look like this
..... mode=vesa rhgb quiet

If that does not help, try disabling sli in your BIOS or removing the bridge connector between the two cards [if there is one] and try booting again.

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Old 4th September 2007, 05:53 PM
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yeah that may help, also just FYI from what I have seen and read ( don't have an sli system myself ), enabling SLI actually will lower performance
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Old 4th September 2007, 06:36 PM
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Thanks for the advise but still no dice - I did notice the "vesa" line go by during the load so I believe that I did it correctly. I do not believe that disabling SLI is the solution, as the exact same thing happens on my laptop which is also running a different NVidia Video Card that doesn't have SLI. (Dell Latitude D620 / NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M)
I would say that if using SLI lowers performance then it isn't being utilized properly. In either case disabling my $400.00 Video card is not something that would lean me towards using Fedora.
There are several NVidia users asking about the same thing but they are reporting different parts of the issue depending on where they actually notice the problem. i.e. Blank Screen / Jumbled Screen / Garbled Text Etc.
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Old 4th September 2007, 08:19 PM
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You could also try booting into text mode by removing the 'rhgb' from the kernel arguments, assuming that the garbled graphic is the startup splash screen.
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