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"nv" driver not working correctly...
« on: September 27, 2008, 08:29:24 pm »
I thought I had the nvidia drivers correctly installed for my Nvidia Geforce 8800  GT video card, but LinuxMCE keeps telling me that the driver is called "nv" instead of nvidia.  Does anyone know what this means?  How can I get it to work properly with the right drivers?

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Re: "nv" driver not working correctly...
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008, 09:52:51 pm »
I thought I had the nvidia drivers correctly installed for my Nvidia Geforce 8800  GT video card, but LinuxMCE keeps telling me that the driver is called "nv" instead of nvidia.  Does anyone know what this means?  How can I get it to work properly with the right drivers?

Your 8800 is not getting detected correctly. Look here on the Wiki http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Display_Drivers#NVidia_Chipsets

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Re: "nv" driver not working correctly...
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 11:21:12 pm »
Thanks, I've tried following the instructions there.  I installed the driver (which I think I had previously done) according to the instructions successfully.  Then I restarted into the A/V wizard and tried to up the level of my UI.  Still, the MCE settings said that my driver was "nv" and that it could not generate the UI2 interfaces.  I exited to a terminal and manually edited xorg.conf to say "nvidia" instead of "nv." But then when I tried to go into the A/V wizard it wouldn't even start.  So now things are back to the way they were, and I am still using the lowest quality interface even though I have a decent graphics card.

One thing to note though - This machine is the only one in my "system."  That is to say it is a Media Director too.  I noticed something on that page about having to "upgrade the kernel" on a media director.  Is this what I will have to do?  If so, could someone please provide a little more direction for a novice like me?

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Re: "nv" driver not working correctly...
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 03:38:33 pm »
just thought i should post that i had problems with telinit 1 and the nvidia driver compiling a new kernel for me.  I used CTRL+ALT+BKSPACE to killx and had no problems that way.  GL.


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Re: "nv" driver not working correctly...
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008, 04:05:56 am »
Alternative approach to make sure you can do the nvidia install

  • Wait until the "Loading Grub" message appears during boot.  Press ESC in the 2 seconds allowed before it boots.
  • Cursor down to 1st line
  • press "e" key to edit
  • Select the line that starts with "kernel"
  • Press e to edit.  You should now be at the end of the line
  • type "single" (without the quotes).
  • press enter
  • press b to boot

You have now booted into single user mode, no Pluto stuff running, no X.  Guaranteed!  You can now do all of the nvidia driver install stuff.

Before you do this, do your download of the latest nvidia drivers because you don't have a web browser in single user.  You should also have printed out or written down the steps you need to take.

When I get home I am going to find the shell script that keeps rewriting the xorg.conf AND DISABLE THIS FUNCTION.
« Last Edit: October 03, 2008, 04:09:47 am by indulis »

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Re: "nv" driver not working correctly...
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008, 04:53:31 pm »
Alternative approach to make sure you can do the nvidia install

  • Wait until the "Loading Grub" message appears during boot.  Press ESC in the 2 seconds allowed before it boots.
  • Cursor down to 1st line
  • press "e" key to edit
  • Select the line that starts with "kernel"
  • Press e to edit.  You should now be at the end of the line
  • type "single" (without the quotes).
  • press enter
  • press b to boot

You have now booted into single user mode, no Pluto stuff running, no X.  Guaranteed!  You can now do all of the nvidia driver install stuff.

Before you do this, do your download of the latest nvidia drivers because you don't have a web browser in single user.  You should also have printed out or written down the steps you need to take.

When I get home I am going to find the shell script that keeps rewriting the xorg.conf AND DISABLE THIS FUNCTION.

Either that, or you can select the target with "(recovery mode)" in the title, which does just about the exact same thing, as described here: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Display_Drivers#Installation.

And, ummm... we already found that script: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Display_Drivers#LinuxMCE_keeps_reconfiguring_my_display_settings.
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