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Old 25th January 2012, 03:58 PM
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Question Fedora 16 - Nvidia Geforce Go 7400 - Flashing SCREEN pre Woes and headaches

Hello guys,
I have a Dell XPS M1210 laptop, running on Intel Core Duo 2 2Gz 4Gb memory, with a Geforce Go 7400 with 256mb memory.

I have installed fedora 14 and 13 and had absolutely no problem whatsoever installing the Nvidia modules thanks to


On all other version of fedora all went fine and apart from desktop effects being a little bit sluggish
and the nvidia module ran perfectly.

Now on fedora 16, despite following all the instruction provided on post above, i keep on landing back to PRE-Login screen with flashin black screen that doesn't allow me at all to interact via fallback modes (ctrl/alt f2 etc) the only way is to force reboot and boot from previous kernel.

Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

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Old 25th January 2012, 04:31 PM
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Re: Fedora 16 - Nvidia Geforce Go 7400 - Flashing SCREEN pre Woes and headaches

It appears the GeForce Go 6000 and 7000 series cards got "busted" somewhere around Nvidia v285.05.09 or so. There are a few similar threads similar to yours here if you search for them. I had been successfully using lthe kmod-nvidia package on a Dell XPS M170 w/GeForce Go 6800 Ultra card up until the version I just mentioned. For my particular card and others, the problem was that the nvidia driver did not detect the laptops own monitor LCD screen, but would work if you had an external monitor hooked up. I found a thread on the NVNews forum about that which clued me in to the problem. I can't really say, but the fact that F15/16 is using a newer version of Xorg than previous Fedora versions, the Xorg server may be playing some role in the glitch as well with those older "Go" chipsets.

I had hoped that the update to v290.xx.xx would fix the issue, but it hasn't, at least not for me. You might be stuck with nouveau, or you could try your hand at installing a pre-285.05.09 version of the nvidia driver manually, which, if you get that to work, is a bit of a nuisance as then you have to reinstall the driver for each and every kernel update. I tried manually installing the 285.03.xx driver on my Dell laptop but still couldn't get it to work, which is what makes me suspect that the newest Xorg may be part of the problem.
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Old 25th January 2012, 08:35 PM
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Re: Fedora 16 - Nvidia Geforce Go 7400 - Flashing SCREEN pre Woes and headaches

Oh well thanks for the advice!
I think I will stick with fedora 14 until the issue is resolved. never liked gnome 3 anyway.
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