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clark77095
I have an Nvidia GeForce FX 5500, how do I set it up were it will span both monitors? I am brand new to Linux and vast experince with windows. Help with this will be most apreciated smile.gif

Kent,
Jim
Alright, this is a little bit of a mess, but it can be done and its quite nice when it is done.

NVIDIA has there own custom driver for doing dual head (and any other NVIDIA cards) and you can get it here.

NVIDIA Driver

You didn't specify but you probably want one of the top two, either for 32 bit processors or 64 bit.

Click the link, follow the instructions and come back if you have any questions. I wont be surprised to see you back, good luck, I will help you with anything you need. Also, please be a little more specific when you get back, especially tell me what distro and version you are running and what not.

And o ya, your experience with windows isn't going to help you much, its a completely different animal. Its like trying to say "I have experience fixing tosters for fixing this jet engine shouldn't be to hard."
clark77095
QUOTE (clark77095 @ Nov 26 2005, 12:19 PM)
I have an Nvidia GeForce FX 5500, how do I set it up were it will span both monitors? I am brand new to Linux and vast experince with windows. Help with this will be most apreciated smile.gif

Kent,

Thank for the driver information. I cannon get the driver to work. It is asking me to put the downloaded file into the root directory, when I try to do so it gives me an error that I don't have permission to put anything in the root directory, I have the password but it never asks me for it to put it in. It is asking me to launch the program from the Shell, not sure how to open the shell program since there is no referance to it or any program by that name. Also I have IRQ issues that won't let the computer boot unless I turn off the SATA drive in the BIOS.

Kent,
Jim
Lets get dual head working first, then I would recomend making a seperate post for the SATA drives.

Ok, so there are to ways to do things as root in linux, that will give you the extra privilages you need to do alot of things. If you only need to do one command, like a cp, you can run sudo cp file1 tofile2 or, if you want to work for a while as root you can do su and become root untill you run exit

Shell is more or less interchangable with terminal or bash. There are differences, but most people (even tech manuals) aren't aware of them when they reference one. Most GUI menus will have it listed under terminal.

So open up a terminal, then become root by running su then move the file over to the root directory mv driverfile /root/ that will move the file to the directory /root.

From there you should be able to fallow the directions. Post again if you need help.

::EDIT::
and o ya, you didn't tell me what distro you are running, it would help
clark77095
I got the video driver software into the root directory. When I run it from "Terminal" I get an error "You appear to be running an X server please exit X before installing." I am not aware of any servers since this is a stand alone machine.

I am running Fedore Linux Core release 4 on a Pentium 4 with 1 gig of RAM and a 120 GIG PATA hard drive, and a realtek network card.

Thank you for your Help.

Kent,
Jim
The X server is your graphics, all your graphics.

I don't remember off the top of my head how to stop the X server completely on a Fedora machine. Try running init 3 as root. (so either su or sudo) If that leaves you at text log in, you can skip the next paragraph, don't do both.

If that doesn't work you will have to try this. Boot the machine and at the log in screen press the key command ctrl+alt+F1 your GUI should disapear and you should be at a text log in. Log in as root. You will need to kill gdm, kdm, or xdm, which ever you have running. Probably gdm. Run ls /etc/init.d/ and look through the output for any of the above. Then run /etc/init.d/gdm stop or what ever you need to. It should say "stopped" in some fassion.

Now you should be able to run the drive install. Obviuosly you aren't going to have a graphical brower to read the instructions off of, unless you have a second computer, so print off the page or jot down some notes. Keep truggen, you'll get there, its worth it.
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