nVIDIA GeForce4 installation and configuration
For my kids' computer project I thought it would have been a fun and
useful learning experience to introduce them to the world of the "other" OS
and expose them to something else other than Windoze. So, we resurrected an
old clunker, a PII 233 MHz, 512 Kb cache with a 4.1 Gig drive and away we
went. I must say that I was impressed right off the bat with how smoothly
things went and how much we were able to get out of this poor, old and
beaten up machine :-).
Today, we replaced old no name AGP-V3800/32 MB graphics card with an
nVIDIA GeForce4 with 128 MB. Somewhat to my surprise, with the older card,
the monitor (SONY CPD-220VS) was recognized immediately, with nVIDIA I had
to set it up myself. The video crashes if I try to drive it above 1024 x 768
in 16-bit mode. The card is set up as GeForce (generic) with a VESA driver.
I went to the nVIDIA site and picked up a newer driver but it wouldn't run
as it was intended to run with an Athlon CPU. I browsed through the archive
and found: SuSE NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0236.suse80.i386.rpm but I don't think it
runs with my Red Hat 8.0. I also found a Kernel tar file and source rpm but
I am not experienced enough to figure out which one is right or what to do
with them. If anyone can direct me to better/different drives and give me a
few hints on their installation, I would be most grateful. Thanks!