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[SOLVED ]Live CD runs only in safe graphics mode

Postby manishk on Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:31 pm

My friend recently bought a HP Pavilion dv6000 (AMD Turion X2, NVidia GeForce, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB).

The Cassandra Live CD did not run in the 'default' mode, I had to run it in safe graphics mode.

Will the display work if I install it?

Another question is: Can I install Linux on a extended partition or does it have to be a primary partition??
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Postby Husse on Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:15 pm

The display will work when (and if) you install the driver for the video card (If it is an ATI you may have problems with Beryl and the like)
Linux can be installed in a logical partition
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Postby manishk on Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:40 am

Its an NVidia card. If I install the drivers when running the Live session and then install Mint, will the drivers appear in the final install??

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Postby Boo on Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:02 am

No.
whatever you install in Live will not be there after install of Mint.

install while in safe graphics mode and then boot off the hard disk and use envy to install the nvidia graphics driver.
some laptop nvidia video cards dont always work with the nv dirver. it is like they are too new.

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Postby manishk on Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:41 am

I hope I'm, not asking too many questions. (I'm just being overcautious because its not my laptop.)

I tried Envy in the Live session, but it says it did not recognize any NVidia card. But the card is an NVidia GeForce 7150M. The complete specifications is here http://www.mxinfosys.com/hp/hplaptop.htm ; for dv6502au)

The Restricted Driver Manager says that the hardware doesn't need any restricted drivers.
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Postby Boo on Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:06 am

looking at the nvidia site it looks like that card is not supported yet.

so you would have to use the vesa driver used in safe mode. :(

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Postby manishk on Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:51 pm

Oh, thats sad...he bought an NVidia card mainly because Linux supports it better than it supports ATI!!

Anyways, can you please tell me how to install the 'vesa' driver??

Is it just that I install normally and do

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

And choose vesa as the driver??
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Postby Husse on Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:46 pm

I studied nvidia's driver page and go 7150 seems unsupported. I'm certain support will be added.
To get the vesa driver just do as int the troubleshooter for the liveCD, this part
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... ms_as_well
you simply type in vesa as this is a built in "emergency" driver
And normally nvidia has excellent support in Linux....
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Postby manishk on Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:33 pm

Thanks a lot guys...will try that out
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Postby tseliot on Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:00 am

manishk wrote:I hope I'm, not asking too many questions. (I'm just being overcautious because its not my laptop.)

I tried Envy in the Live session, but it says it did not recognize any NVidia card. But the card is an NVidia GeForce 7150M. The complete specifications is here http://www.mxinfosys.com/hp/hplaptop.htm ; for dv6502au)

You can use Envy's manual installation and choose the latest driver from there.

BTW the latest release of Envy automatically detects your graphic card.
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Postby manishk on Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:24 am

The installtion worked, I dint have to do any tweaking to get the display. Wow!! :D

tseliot wrote:
You can use Envy's manual installation and choose the latest driver from there.

BTW the latest release of Envy automatically detects your graphic card.


But Husse says the card is not even supported. Is there any risk in trying the manual installation.


I'm just inquisitive, but this one is not compulsory to answer...are you the same tseliot of the 'Ubuntu Forum Staff' and 'Envy' fame?? :?:
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Postby Husse on Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:04 pm

Whether it's supported may change rapidly :)
I don't know if tseliot likes me giving an answer but that's the author of Envy and the rest you ask about
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Postby manishk on Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:27 pm

Wow!!
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Postby manishk on Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:57 pm

It worked!! A manual install of the latest NVidia driver did the job...!

Thanks guys, for your help....you saved my face :) (my friend had bought a laptop with NVidia card only bcoz I told him that Linux supports it better).

And guess what...once I showed him Beryl and its tricks, all he did was wonder how Linux can do all that at 28% RAM usage where Wista (that came pre-installed) struggled at 60% and still not doing anything!!

Thanks again to all involved with Mint!!
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