It turns out that it was the vga mode when it boots up. As soon as I
commented out the "vga=788" from my lilo.conf file, the computer
booted up without a problem, and I got my NVIDIA splash screen.
Perhaps there's an issue with the frame buffer on the Asus cards (I've
tried the GTS, and the PRO from asus, with the same problems...) It
doesn't seem to like switching from whatever mode 788 is(can't
remember...) to the mode the Xserver goes to...
(I think!! :)
I actually came across this by accident when I wanted to add another
kernel to the lilo.conf file...
> I have had a VP6 with Dual 866's, 512GB since January and recently
> upgraded to 1GB of memory. I have tried a NVIDIA Dell Geforce2 GTS, a
> VisionTek Geforce3 and currently use a Dell Quadro2 Pro. All have
> worked under RH Linux 7.0, 7.1 and the 7.2 Beta without problems. I get
> an error message in the /var/log/messages file when the system boots,
> but it does not affect the system.
> I rebuild both the NVIDIA kernel and GLX rpm's for every system I use.
> I have found that the Nvidia prebuilt RPM's have problems.
> I would suggest that you change your inittab file to boot without
> graphics, boot mode 3, and use startx to start X windows. When the
> system hangs, reboot and look at the xfree86 log file in /var/log for
> some clues.
> I keep my lilo as simple as possible, I use the default for RH with the
> addition of an ide-scsi for my cdrw.
> The relevant sections of my XF86Config-4 file are listed below.
> I hope this helps.
> Section "Module"
> # Load "GLcore"
> Load "dbe"
> Load "extmod"
> Load "fbdevhw"
> Load "pex5"
> # Load "dri"
> Load "glx"
> Load "pex5"
> Load "record"
> Load "xie"
> Section "Device"
> Identifier "NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro"
> Driver "nvidia"
> VendorName "NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro"
> BoardName "NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro"
> Option "AGPMode" "4"
> VideoRam 65536
> Section "Screen"
> Identifier "Screen0"
> Device "NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro"
> Monitor "Samsung SyncMaster 900NF"
> DefaultDepth 24
> Subsection "Display"
> Depth 24
> Modes "1600x1200"
> Section "DRI"
> Mode 0666
> > Actually, I've tried the tars as well, but the same problem results.
> > I have a suspicion there is a problem when changing video modes from
> > the boot up mode of vga=788 (in lilo.conf) to nvidia's mode...perhaps?
> > I'm actually just about to test this....
> > steve
> > > > I'm having some problems installing NVidia Drivers on linux(on this
> > > > particular system) here at work.
> > > > The Computer Specs are:
> > > > Abit VP6 mainboard bios version VP6YT (07/24/2001)
> > > > Dual PIII 1GHZ
> > > > 2 - 512MB Registered ECC ram (even though the bios doesn't support it
> > > > yet)
> > > > 60GB 7200 rpm Western digital drive
> > > > 3com network adapter (not sure which)
> > > > SB pci 128 sound card (can't get this to work either...but this is of
> > > > less concern)
> > > > Asus V7700 pro pure Geforce 2 64MB video
> > > > Linux Mandrake 8.1
> > > > In Linux, the XF4.1.0 driver for nvidia works fine (aside from no
> > > > hardware acceleration). However, when I try in stalling the Nvidia
> > > > drivers from their site, All I get is a black screen and the computer
> > > > is completely locked up (no keyboard response, can't even ssh/telnet
> > > > into it via another machine). I install the Drivers using the kernel
> > > > source rpm as follows:
> > > > rpm --rebuild NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-1541.src.rpm
> > > > rpm -ivh /usr/src/RPM/RPMS/i686/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-1541.i686.rpm
> > > > rpm -ivh NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-1541.i386.rpm
> > > > I change the XF86Config-4 file to use the "nvidia" instead of "nv" and
> > > > also add the load "glx" line. I've also played with the NvAgp option
> > > > by setting it to 0, 1, 2, 3 all without success.
> > > > I've also tried the NVIDIA rpm for mandrake 8.0 with mandrake 8.0
> > > > installed but have the same problem.
> > > > In the bios, i've disabled AGP 4x, and fast writes, still without
> > > > success. I've tried booting linux with the noapic option, without
> > > > success. I've tried booting in single processor mode without success.
> > > > We have another similar system that works just fine, and was a breeze
> > > > to install. The only difference is that it has an Asus Dual processor
> > > > motherboard (and the drive is a 5400rpm drive).
> > > > Other things I've tried: Swapping video cards with the one system that
> > > > works
> > > > Is this indicative of a bad Motherboard (it seems to work fine for
> > > > everything else)...should the system be returned?....are there options
> > > > I've missed in the bios, or configuration files? Is anyone else
> > > > having this problem?
> > > > the reason we went Abit this time is because the asus has a problem
> > > > with APIC.
> > > > does anyone have a solution? help would greatly be appreciated...
> > > > thanks!
> > > > steve
> > > Hi Steve,
> > > Use the tarballs from NVidia, instead of the RPM's. For some reason they just
> > > seem to 'install' better. Make sure you've uninstalled the RPM's you've tried
> > > to use first though.
> > > John