I have just installed Mandrake LE2005 on my pc (asrock P4I45GV motherboad, with intergrated VGA and Geforce4 on AGP slot), I have tried to make the Geforce as my primary vga but only the onboard vga is detected by Mandrake on setup. I have sent a mail to asrock requesting some info on how to physically disable the onboard vga as I don't need it.
In the mean time is there a work around in Mandrake to have a dual view.
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Thanks for your quick response, some developments, when I browse through the detected hardware list I can see the Geforce card, how can I make it the primary card i.e. something to do with configuring the X config file. please bear with me am a new baby in linux.
I did a fresh install and now the geforce is working. The problem is when I set on bios the PCI as the card to use the mandrake crashes while loading and restarts over and over until I change to onboard vga, but that means I wont see a thing until the desktop login (I can't see grub where I do a dual boot), how can I solve this problem.
P.S. nevermind, I looked at the manual. So, the geoforce is a PCI card? If you choose in the bios; advanced-->Primary Graphics Adapter--> PCI/int VGA it reboots continuously?
Thats correct, the screen will go blank as it like is trying to load to graphic mode and the reboots the pc.
I got this reply from asrock about disabling the onboard graphics.
Thanks for contacting ASRock. Due to chipset limitation, it is no way to disable onboard VGA on P4i45GV.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
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