[mythtv-users] X11, Intel i810 & NVidia FX5200, help me get my MythTV back

R. G. Newbury newbury at mandamus.org
Tue Jan 30 03:09:20 UTC 2007

Tom Corcoran wrote:
> The history, I installed FC5 on a Celeron P4 (2.4) with a mobo with 
> integrated Intel video (i810) and all was sweet.  I installed mythtv and 
> got all the modules working and i was almost finished, I just needed to 
> add a PCI Nvidia 5200 to get TVOut functioning and I was done, and thats 
> when the trouble started.
> I made a copy of my Xorg config, I plugged in the 5200 and rebooted, I 
> then installed the NVidia driver 
> http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_1.0-9746.html rebooted 
> my PC and now it just boots into a FC5 blank blue screen with a mouse 
> pointer.  None of the other console screens are available and #1 shows 
> some of the boot history but nothing relevant.  BTW this output is on 
> the i810, the Nvidia has no output.
> I then rebooted to runlevel 3 and copied back my original xorg config 
> thinking this would resolve my woes but it made no difference, the 
> system still goes through a full boot sequence starting all the services 
> in the GUI boot screen and then when it satys something like 'Starting 
> Avahi.....' it jumps to a blank screen and appears to freeze.  I seem to 
> have full network access to the box and am able to SSH to the box no 
> problem.
> I am now at a loss as to how I can backout these changes and get back to 
> a working system?  How can i remove any installed nvidia drivers? I 
> tried 'yum remove nvidia*' and this seemed to removed some packages but 
> I am not sure they all were removed.

First wild guess: you have not turned off the on-board i810 video, and 
as a result you have effectively NO video. You get some output from the 
i810 (a telling symptom) but once the OS starts, it probably tries to 
use the xorg entries and nvidia driver....Oops!


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