I'm like a few other linux users. I like to play video games. My hdw stats are listed below. I purchesed a Nvidia 8600 GT video card so I would have good 3D graphics. The generic Nvidia video driver included in VL 5.8 SOHO final workes fine in this machine, but has no 3D acceleration. I downloaded the 8600 GT driver from the Nvidia web site and proceeded to install it. The driver install detected that I was using the GUI interface. I was told to exit all gui programs and re-boot to text command line. I did this and proceeded with the install. At the end of the install, I got the mesg that the install was successful, but when I rebooted and it arrived at the log in screen, all I got was a blank black screen. I could not access the gui. I could return to the text command line, buit no gui.
Now for me, a 20 year user of ms-dos and mindless ms-win, this was unacceptable. So to make a long story short, one crash wasn't enough, I had to try it again. Guess what, It crashed again. Since I had printed the driver install instructions out, I did my best to follow them to the letter. I hope I did. If I made a mistake somewhere, I am absolutely unaware of it.
With the original driver install and two reinstalls of VL, I became rather well acquainted with the proceedure, and there is one place where I am very suspicious. I get a mesg saying it is going to probe for the video card. It finds the video card and says it is going to write something ( I don't remember what) to the kernel. After a few seconds pause I get another mesg saying the kernel is missing something else ( I still don't remember what. "hey give me a break, I have only been in linux for about 6 weeks" ) . I then get another mesg saying the install can rewrite that part of the kernel and asked if it was alright to do it. Well I'm not going into some iffy conversation with the installer, so I said "yes", and after a short time I got a comforting mesg saying it succeeded and finally saying that the install was a success. WELL, it wasn't a success because after two attempts, I got two blank black screens when I wanted a log in screen.
Even though I'm new at linux, I did come to an iffy conclusion. Either the installer has a bug when it tries to find and/or write to the kernel, or else, VL has a bug in the kernel that the driver isn't aware of, and writes something the kernel does not understand, and I get a broken install
I rest my case, and hope that someone out there can come to my rescue. I really would like to play games without having to buy another video card.
However, there was one place during the install, I have questions about. When