IBM 3.2 GHz 1U server as Core connected at eth0 to my existing home network, eth1 connected to a linksys wireless router with dhcp disabled
a gateway e4300 3.0 GHz P4 HT machine with a low profile NVIDIA 9400GT connected to my recently purchased Samsung 1080p LCD television; sound is provided by a USB sound card connected to my AV receiver. In the BIOS (using the latest BIOS from Gateway), I disabled the onboard sound and changed the primary video card to PCIe.
I have been pulling out my hair for at least a month, trying to get the video to work with the proprietary NVIDIA linux drivers.
I performed the following steps to get video working:
note - I had some trouble getting the gateway to completely boot over PXE, I had to rebuild the initramfs with additional modules. I am not going to cover this as it is covered elsewhere in this forum (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Unrecognized_NIC).
1) upon successful first boot, the AVwizard tried to come up, I pressed 3 during the black screen, after several beeps from the Media Director (MD), a low resolution screen came up.
2) I setup as much as I could with that low res setup; I chose to use the lowest quality UI. Sound, including DTS and AC3 worked correctly with no additional work.
3) I rebooted at this point, when the system came up (I don't remember if video worked correctly or not, it is not important for this guide) I brought up a local text login window Ctrl + Alt + F3 (I happened to use tty3, it doesn't matter, use F1 through F6 to activate other screens). I logged in using root with no password requested.
4) I typed the following commands:
- telinit 1
- wget http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/185.18.14/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.14-pkg1.run
- sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.14-pkg1.run
Continue typing the following commands
- dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xorg-server
- nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Finally, edit the Xconfigure script to prevent LinuxMCE from modifying the xorg.conf file.
- nano /usr/pluto/bin/Xconfigure.sh
finally reboot, using the command: reboot
This list is from memory, but I am fairly confident that this list should help you get more recent NVIDIA cards to work in LinuxMCE.
I hope this helps. I will try to edit this message with any other steps I can think of.