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Old 04-15-2002
mandrake 7.0 and X

I have problems. I have to use Mandrake 7.0 for a college course and I have it installed and I can do all the command line stuff, but I want to get to the GUI. Problem is, I can't start X.

SO, after doing some searching on google, I downloaded XFree86 4.0.1 and the latest driver for my video card (which I found that Mandrake 7.0 and the Geforce GTS 2 have problems together).

I have not installed the video card driver yet because I'm not sure how to run rpms from the command line. Is it:
rpm thetitleoftherpm.rpm

Secondly, when trying to install XFree86, I get all kinds of errors during the install that say "directory not found" and some other small errors. says to use their "extract.exe" file if this happens. I've done that and i can't seem to get a "good copy" of it according to the install script.

So my big question is, can I get a more updated version of something like XFdrake or something similar that would recognize my video card (Elsa Gladiac Geforce 2 GTS 32mb) and my monitor (Viewsonic E790B) and let me get into XWindows?

Thanks. I know this is long but I felt a good explaination was necessary.
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Old 04-17-2002
RPM on the command line for an install would be:
rpm -iv name.rpm

If you know the specifics of your monitor and vid card, try running /usr/X11R6/bin/xf86config (I think that's the command-line based one) and specifying your own values.

I had trouble with a ViewSonic monitor once, and the viewsonic website sucked in helping me get the sync rates for the monitor, but I did have luck searching google and finding a reseller that listed the specs for it.
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Old 04-17-2002
ok, just in case anyone else ever runs into this, what I basically ended up doing is reinstalling Mandrake and using generic video drivers for right now. And xf86config is a way to setup the configuration, which i did end up doing.

If anyone cares to know the details, email me: ::removed email::

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