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Video issues on Dell Inspiron 8500 (Nvidia GeForce 4200 Go with 64Mb VRAM)


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I'm trying to install 10.4.8 on my Dell Inspiron 8500.


The install goes smooth as, but then on reboot, video drops out after the grey screen (intro sound plays etc)


I was looking over the 10.4.4 guide but the specific link for the vid card howto doesn't work any more.


Anyone know what it was/how to get the Nvidia GeForce 4200 Go to work.




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try the macvidia site

it's been down over the weekend.. and still is.. (both of them)



Was able to sort this myself..Now if I can only figure out how to up the res from 1024x768... anyone?(my native res is 1680 x 1050)

Hi AdStar,

Which driver did you use to get it working?

Same as what Chickenman used?

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...500&st=300#(Post #309)

If so, very interested whether you have the internal LCD screen working.


Hi,how did you solve the resolution issue? I'm in same situation after installation - just grey screen ...Is there any way to force to boot with lower resolution ?Thx

I had the same problem. What you need is to fall back to VESA:

1. Boot into single user mode press F8 before boot -> "-s -v" for the boot options

2. Root volume to read-write

fsck -fy
mount -uw /

3. Backup+remove the NVDIA related kexts

 mkdir /backup
mv -R /System/Library/Extensions/NV* /backup/.

(if you have natit, or mobility, and any other Nvidia related stuff move it also)

4. Flush the kextcache, so Mac OS X is aware of new kext files

 rm -r /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache	
 rm -r /System/Library/Extensions.mkext	
 kextcache -k /System/Library/Extensions/

5. Reboot

 shutdown -r now


This is what I have running now, waiting for MacVIDIA site to come back up.

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