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STB nVidia TNT under Redhat 5.1

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When installing, I selected SVGA as the Xfree86 server, but it doesn't seem to work. It's an STB nVidia TNT w/ 16 megs of ram. I can't even customize it because 8 MB is the highest option listed. I heard that there's a patch out there, but I'm a total Linux newbie, and have no idea how to patch anything in Linux. Anyone have any advice?
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by:mart010897
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Could you please post the results of this command:

startx > stuff 2>&1

(results will be in the file "stuff").

Also, the contents of your XF86Config file (usually in /etc/X11) would be helpful...

Cheers...

Mart

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alfarris earned 60 total points
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   What you'll have to do is replace the X server that came with XFree86 with a new one
    that supports the Rina TNT.

    go to:

    http://dimension128.smartcom.net/drivers.html#SVGA X-servers

    and download the NVIDA glibc RIVA X-Server. This is a file called XF86_SVGA.gz.
    uncompress it with a gzip -d XF86_SVGA and copy it to /usr/X11R6/bin. You might want
    to name it XF86_SVGA_RIVATNT so it doesn't overwrite your original XF86_SVGA server (if there is one already
    there). Make sure XF86_SVGA_RIVATNT is executable, do a chmod 755 XF86_SVGA_RIVATNT

    next, cd to /etc/X11 and do an ls -la. You'll see a file in there called X which is a
    symbolic link to your existing X server (probably ../../usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_SVGA)
     
    you need to rm that link, and then do:
    ln -s ../../usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_SVGA_RIVATNT ./X

    that will setup the new X server as your default X server. Now try running startx, and
    hopefully, you'll get something that works. Remember, you might have to adjust your resolution with Ctrl-Alt-(Numeric
    Keypad +) and Ctrl-Alt-(Numeric Keypad -).

if you want to get back where you started all you need to do is re-establish the symbolic link it XF86_SVGA by:

    cd /etc/X11
    rm X
    ln -s ../../usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_SVGA

 
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