Hi. I have a problematic redhat 9 computer where 3d opengl refuses to work. Specs:
distro: redhat 9 (updated with apt-get)
kernel: as per original distribution
hardware: abit nf7-m onboard geforce 4 mx graphics
driver: nvidia 4496
The problem that I get is that 3d opengl graphics don't work, and crash the entire computer. E.g. if I run glx gears then the gears appear, and rotate irregularly a few times, and then X locks up. Since I can't move to a text console, I presume that the entire computer is locked.
I don't think it's a hardware problem as once in a previous installation of rh9 (before I tried to upgrade glibc "in place" and ruined it), I had 3d graphics working, could use celestia, tuxracer, etc. Also, when I tried a mandrake install on a spare disk, and installed the drivers, 3d worked on that. I have replaced the gl header files with the nvidia ones, and even recompiled glxgears, with no improvement.
I haven't upgraded/replaced glut from source. Also, I note that someone mentioned that it's best to remove all libgl libraries (and links) to make sure that the software ones have gone, and then reinstall the nvidia drivers.
I've tried comparing my libraries on my work (rh9, geforce 2 onboard video) computer to that at home, but writing a program that red all of /lib/* and recorded file sizes and checksums (i.e. works for symbolic links as well). It could find no difference between home (screwed) and work (works perfectly).
I tried asking questions on the nvidia linux forum, but despite many people trying, I haven't even found a clue as to what might be wrong.
Can anyone suggest anything that I should try?
Thanks in anticipation,