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I'm double posting to add seperate text, so it doesn't get overlooked...

I can't install the nvida driver, because it can't run it's kernals... something about not being able to take ownership of the GPU...

And I am stuck at 00x600... other resolutions don't work, monitor keeps reading 800x600.... which is why I need a driver.

I'm using regular VGA
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Have you used Novell Enterprise 10 ?
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No... just the free mandriva
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You can get a better resolution without the nvidia drivers.

if your in gnome or KDE then just open a ternimal
type:
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
-OR-
sudo nano -w /etc/X11/xorg.conf

or what ever editor you like.

in the section that looks like this:
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
EndSubsection
EndSection

make is look like this:

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
EndSubsection
EndSection

Basically just add what ever resolution you need there in the line I made bold above. Then restart xorg (press ctrl+alt+backspace) then when you login to gnome or kde then you'll be able to change the resolution.

For installing the nvidia drivers look to see if you can get them through whatever Mandriva package manager GUI client is. If not then before trying to install it via command line make sure the dependencies are meant (gcc, make, kernal-source,etc....it can be found on their site I believe.)
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Basically just add what ever resolution you need there in the line I made bold above. Then restart xorg (press ctrl+alt+backspace) then when you login to gnome or kde then you'll be able to change the resolution.
I haveit showing 1024x768... but I'm stuck at 800x600,because anything higher fails(bunch of colors all over screen).
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For installing the nvidia drivers look to see if you can get them through whatever Mandriva package manager GUI client is. If not then before trying to install it via command line make sure the dependencies are meant (gcc, make, kernal-source,etc....it can be found on their site I believe.)
Could you be a little more specific?
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Open up what ever the software manager is for Mandriva. So something like: control center > software management >install >search and type in kernel and download the kernel-source.
Then save the nvidia driver in you home folder.
Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 then log in as root and type:
init 3
cd /home/WHAT_ever_your_username_is/
chmod +x NVIDIA <Press TAB>
./NVIDIA <Press TAB>

Pressing tab just completes the filename so you don't have to type/know it all.
Then just say yes to everything. Then once its done it'll give you a command prompt, type: int 5
Then the graphical login screen should come back up.
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