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KDE installation for MANDRAKE 10 fails on a SONY VAIO PCG-GRT816M Notebook

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#1 mdlc



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Posted 03 September 2004 - 03:27 PM

Hi all!

I have a SONY VAIO PCG-GRT816M Notebook, P4 2.8 Ghz, nVidia GeForce FX Go5600 videocard. I have real difficulties installing Mandrake 10.0 on it. KDE and GNOME fail to start properly with constant crash messages for various applications: mandrakegalaxy.real, kcminit, ksplash, knotify. They all cause the signal 11 (SIGSEGV) to be sent.

As I don't know what the problem is related to, let me resume the different obstacles I encountered and how I solved them. I may have performed bad operations...

First I had to boot typing "linux noapic" at the boot prompt or the default kernel would hang just after checking the hard disk.

Then I would proceed through the installation procedure just fine, and reboot the machine. There, problem with the Xserver that fails to start, and no graphical interface would show up.

I installed the driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6111-pkg1 (frankly I ignore the real meaning of this syntax) and modified the "Device" Section of the XF86config file for the following option:

Identifier "VESADevice"
Driver "vesa"

I have actually no idea if this is the good option of driver but I managed to make it work anyway. So finally I could get the graphical interface, but KDE keeps on crashing at every userlogin, for applications kcminit, ksplash, knotify, mandrakegalaxy.real... And then freezes after closing all messages!

Does anyone have a brilliant idea to propose me?

Thanks in advance,

#2 danleff


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Posted 03 September 2004 - 11:04 PM

Did you do the install from the command prompt after exiting from the x server?

Also, try changing your Driver "vesa" option, as per the directions;

"If you already have an X config file working with a different driver
(such as the 'nv' or 'vesa' driver), then all you need to do is find
the relevant Device section and replace the line:

Driver "nv"
(or Driver "vesa" )


Driver "nvidia"

In the Module section, make sure you have:

Load "glx"

You should also remove the following lines:

Load "dri"
Load "GLcore"

#3 zedraco



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Posted 02 January 2005 - 06:36 AM


i have resolved your problem
sorry i m french so my english is no good....

i have the same computer vaio PCG GRT816M than you

just install the nvidia driver 6229 on nvidia site...
and modify your XF86Config file---->

section device
Identifier "device1"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "NvAGP" "1"

that's all ....

it work good .

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