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21st May 2004, 05:17 AM
Hey everyone,

I'm trying to install Fedora Core 2 on a Dell Insprion 8000. The laptop has an nVidia GEForce 2Go. This is the first time I install Linux (except for a Dell Desktop with RH9, but I didn't have to do anything :) )

So I've read about all the nVidia driver stuff. I've seen Picomp's(?) explanation about how to install the nVidia drivers, but:

a) Someone told me if I compiled my own kernel, it would be a pain to update later.

b) I don't want to recompile, because I almost have it working (read on).

I've selected an unprobed monitor and generic VESA drivers. X loads fine, but I can only see Fedora in a small window in the center of the screen.

I've tried to tweak the modelines using other people's XFConfig files to no avail.

Any ideas?

Also, if you're a network card whiz help me out with this:

21st May 2004, 07:07 AM
So this is wierd:

I had modified the xorg.conf file with some suggested modelines and it didn't work. So I overwrote the xorg.conf file with the backup and shut down my computer.

Then I turned it on again. Same thing. I went into system-config-display (within X/gnome). Went I hit the resolution pull-down menu I had 1600x1200. I hadn't written that in the file, or seen it before (always got 800 or 640). So I selected it.

It asked me to restart X, I did and it worked. So apparently I had a 1600x1200 monitor. Here's my xorg.conf file:

# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
Load "dri"

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Unprobed Monitor"
HorizSync 31.5 - 90.0
VertRefresh 60.0 - 60.0
ModeLine "1400x1050" 108.0 1400 1448 1462 1688 1050 1050 1053 1066
Option "dpms"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "r128"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "ATI Rage 128 Mobility"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666

To do:
get network working:
mount iPod HFS+