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

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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,




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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"


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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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