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My Linux Box has a new video card!

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Hardware — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:10 am on Friday, December 7, 2007

NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200 AGP 8X Driver IssueI’ve got a new to me video card to temporarily service as my video card until I can get a cooling kit for my GeForce FX 5200. Its an older GeForce 4 Ti 4200 AGP8X. I thought it would be as simple as plugging it into my agp slot, turning the computer on and re-installing the NVIDIA driver module but I was wrong.

The problem is, since this is an older card I have to use a legacy driver:

WARNING: The NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X GPU installed in this system
is supported through the NVIDIA 1.0-96xx legacy Linux graphics
drivers. Please visit http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html for
more information. The 100.14.11 NVIDIA Linux graphics driver will
ignore this GPU.

If you can’t see the screen shot click it. Its basically a pretty version of the above error message that tells me that I need to use the: “NVIDIA 1.0-96xx legacy Linux Driver”. Here is the download page for the driver if your running into the same problem: http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_x86_96.43.01.html

You can temporarily use the “nv” driver in your XORG configuration but be warned this is not accelerated so you should just use it to download the legacy driver, quit X and then install the accelerated one. Unfortunately I could not get links or lynx to download from nVidia’s site because of some strange javascript code. I find it Ironic that the Unix drivers page isn’t even compatible with the basic Unix browsers.

Video Card Failure.

Filed under: Linux Hardware — TheLinuxBlog.com at 11:59 pm on Thursday, November 29, 2007

Linux Blog - Video Card

At the moment I am a little unhappy with my Linux Box. It was making funny sounds (more than normal) the other night so I decided to turn it off. When I turned it back on, it was making even more racket. Turns out that my video card has been toasted, literally. The picture on the left shows the damage. Its pretty evident that the fan stopped spinning and burned up.

So much for my 128MB GeForce FX 5200.

I have an older GeForce laying around somewhere but I’ll have to use the legacy drivers. Until I find the card don’t fear I’ll be continuing to blog on my laptop. Which isn’t the best machine to use, but it will get the job done. Also from this experience I have thought of an blog post to write: dealing with hardware failure.

My Linux Laptop – Toshiba Portege 4010

Filed under: Linux Hardware — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:48 am on Monday, November 26, 2007

Linux Blog - Toshiba Portege 4010 Linux LaptopAlong with my desktop I also have a laptop that is in dire need of an upgrade. It is a Toshiba Portege 4010. Although its age and its specifications (or lack of) it is still a decent ultra portable laptop. The battery life is great (4-6 hours) and its very light weight. Here are the specs:

CPU: 933MHz Pentium M
Ram: 512MB Shared
HD: 100GB Seagate 5400RPM
Media: CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive.
Network: Integrated 10/100 & Orinoco B Wifi.

I like its slim line style and cool features like the SD Card Reader, Firewire, Infrared and Toshiba Select Bay. But unfortunately I’ve not been able to get the SD Card or Infrared to work. The video card is also lacking, its a Trident Cyberblade and it doesn’t have very good support. I have to run X in VESA frame buffer mode which isn’t as bad as it sounds but without tweaking it is unable to play DVD’s.

The Toshiba ACPI extras work really well in conjunction with fnfxd. Brightness, Volume, Screen Change and Lock Screen are the only short cuts I set up. The system also suspends to disk & ram with no problems.

I also run Slackware 12 on my laptop and have trimmed it down to boot Linux faster and provide better battery life. It boots to login in about 30 seconds. The picture above is a picture I took in the kitchen. The desktop is XFCE from Slackware-current, click on the image to view more photos of my Toshiba Portege 4010.