Sorry, Guys, but even though I've been using Linux for quite some time, I'm still very very ignorant when it comes to computer talk. What does it mean that my X server hasn't started? Can I fix that? I downloaded do-vesa and tried again in safe mode with still the same outcome. How do I find out what video driver I have? I don't know if my GeForce 4 is an AGP card or PCI. How do I find out? I have a Dell color monitor, 4.3.2cm(17"), model E772c, but I can't find the documentation for it. I don't know what the native resolution is. I don't know anything about onboard graphics.
Thanks for any help I might get!
I have a 2002 vintage Compaq, with the same on board graphics. nVidia says the proper driver is 96.43.20
, but that driver causes severe distortion with my graphics chip. It may actually work with your system
Using the open source nv
driver works quite well, for me, but there is no 3D with that driver. I have the Compaq out on loan to a friend at this time, so I can't test if the open source nouveau
driver might also work.
From the command line login, log in as root, with password root, then at the root prompt enter pcc
as a command. Use the arrow keys, Tab key, and space bar, to navigate, and Enter key to select. Choose Display from the menu offerings, then from the next menu choose your monitor first, then select the graphics card. If it offers a closed source proprietary driver, accept it, then select the proper resolution. When done navigate to the quit button, to leave the application, then at the prompt, try the startx command again.
If it doesn't bring up the GUI, repeat the above, but this time decline the proprietary driver. When done, again try the startx command.