SLED 10 : Configuring a secondary video card as the primary video card

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


This document is intended to describe how to use a secondary video card as the video target for XWindows.
ERROR: Sax: ups lost card during probing
This is often seen when attempting to specify a driver for the secondary card, as done by :
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia


First, the specific card desired must be identified. This can be done using :
sax2 -p
This will print a list of the cards, the detected chip sets, as well as an ID number for each card. Then, rerun sax specifying the card and the driver :
init 3
sax2 -c [card index] [card index]=[card driver]
For an example, on some systems that include a secondary NVidia card, the sax2 configuration line would appear like :
sax2 -c 1 1=nvidia
This will force Sax to reattempt configuration using the #1 card in the sax2 -p output, and force it to use the nvidia driver (override detection).


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  • Document ID:3522835
  • Creation Date: 19-Jul-2006
  • Modified Date:24-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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