Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

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Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby mahela007 on Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:32 pm

Hello everyone,
This is my first post on the linux mint forums.

I would like to know if the following video card works with Linux mint.

Nvidia Geforce 7100/ nforce 630i
It's an on-board graphics card . I've checked the Nvidia web site and they do have a driver for linux which supports this card.
However, I would like some confirmation as to whether this card is fully supported. For example, does HDMI video work without any problems?
Is there a way to test a graphics card driver using a live CD or a bootable USB?
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby Stennie on Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:06 pm

Install mint onto the usb drive and run it from there....
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby mahela007 on Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:17 pm

Thanks for the quick reply.
I assume that by "install mint onto the USB" you mean "make a bootable usb" .. am I right?

I'll try that and post back.
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby AlbertP on Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:43 pm

Everything should work with the nvidia driver. After installing Mint please go to System Settings in the menu > Additional Drivers, and install the graphics driver. HDMI should not be a problem on NVIDIA hardware. If you have multiple monitors you should be able to configure them in the NVidia X Server Settings program, which will appear in the menu after installing the driver.
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby Stennie on Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:17 am

Install mint onto the usb drive and run it from there....

This is the same as installing Mint to a hard drive, just set your PC to boot from your usb drive in the bios and do your testing.
To speed up installs its sometimes good to disconnect your Internet while installing, stops Mint downloading language packs and other stuff that take lots of time on a slower connections.
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby mahela007 on Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:54 am

Ok.. How do I install mint to a flash drive?
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby mahela007 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:45 am

Ok.. I tried installing Linux MINT onto my USB using Unetbootin. The boot up worked and I then installed the Nvidia drivers according the instructions given here.

Unfortunately, it didn't work.
what should I do differently?
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby AlbertP on Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:10 am

You first need to install Linux Mint, then you can install the graphics driver. Unless you have set up persistent storage on the USB stick.
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby mahela007 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:40 am

I want to install and test a graphics driver before I install Mint on my PC.. I don't want to install mint on my PC in order to be able to test the driver.

I did set up some persistent storage. In Unetbootin I set a number which was around 250 MB I think..
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby AlbertP on Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:05 am

The driver will just work well. You don't need to try it on a live CD.

And if it does not work well you can ask it on the forum - it is usually easy to solve. In case you get dropped to a command-line after installing, please login and run sudo nvidia-xconfig there and Mint will be working again.
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby Stennie on Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:53 pm

Installing mint to usb drive is the same as installing it to a hard drive...... No Unetbootin... not necessary

Insert your usb drive.
Boot your mint live cd.
Choose install mint.
When asked where to install... go to manual/something else.
Choose the usb drive....MB size should lead you to it.
Set grub to install to the usb drive to.
After installing reboot pc... make sure usb drive is the first boot device.
Now you have a fully working mint pc running from your usb drive...... not a live cd type environment. :D
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Re: Does this Nvidia card work with mint? (Geforce 7100/)

Postby mahela007 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:42 pm

I know it's been a long time since I opened this thread..

However, I'm happy to note that, at least for now, the graphics card seems to work well under linux mint.
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