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Hi Jim!
Last night you send me the instruction to install a new driver for my nvidia graphic card
The command "init 3" is not working, "command not found"
what can I do??? I screwed up right by the beginning,sorry about it
Thanks Jim


Sorry, I really screwed you here. I am sorry, NVIDIA has updated there process since the last time I looked at it (or maybe I just forgot) either way. This is what you need to know, play by play.

First forget what I said about the tar.gz the package you downloaded should be a .run which means its a binary file, that is, you can just run it. (tar.gz is to linux as .zip is to windows, just for future reference)

You have the package downloaded. Thats good, as long as you know where you have it downloaded to.

When somebody/something tells you to "run a command" that means at the command line also known as the prompt, or terminal. Open up a terminal program. I asume you are in Gnome since you have Red Hat, so the program is likely calle just "Terminal" other terminal programs include xterm, konsole.... get one of those, it will look just like a DOS promt, if you know have seen one of those. Windows sort of got rid of that. Either way, you will have a promt that looks something like

jim@localhost jim $

You will need root privilage to do what you are about to do, so type the command su and hit enter, then enter your root password at the prompt.

jim@localhost jim $ su
root@localhost jim #

It will now say root instead of your user name. Next, you need to run a command thats going to kill your graphical enviroment, so either print this off, or jot it down, either way, ounce you run this command X (your graphical enviroment) is going bye-bye for a little bit. The command is

init 3

ok, no run sh Trick for you, you can just type in "sh N"then hit tab to have it auto complete, that is pending there is nothing else that starts with N in the folder, otherwise you will have to go out far enough so it knows which file, but in general, you can always use tab to auto complete.

Let that run, answer the questions, I believe you pretty much just say yes to everything.

Now you need to load up the NVIDIA module. So run the command

modprobe nvidia

If it works right, it wont say anything, so thats a good sign. Now you need to edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config file so follow these commands.

root@localhost etc # cd /etc/X11/
root@localhost X11 # emacs XF86Config

You need to change the line Driver "nv" (it may be vesa not nv) to Driver "nvidia" and you also need to make sure you have the line load "glx" and you can comment out (place a # infront of) Load "dri" and Load "GLcore".

Now, save and close by pressing F10, F, S and ctrl+x ctrl+c.

Exit out of root by typing exit and then start back up your gui using the command startx if it isn't already running at 1024x768 you should have no problem changing it.

Hope that works for you, if you have any questions or run into any trouble, come on back, I will get you straightened out, sorry about the confusion.
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