How to not rebuild NVIDIA drivers for each kernel?
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1. Boot with the new kernel.
2. Then cd to the following directory : /lib/modules/OLDKERNELVERSION/kernel/drivers/video/
(replace OLDKERNELVERSION with your own specific version)
3. Make a copy of the old driver: "cp nvidia.(k)o nvidia.(k)o.old"
4. Run the Nvidia installer
(this will create the new driver in /lib/modules/CURRENTKERNELVERSION/kernel/drivers/video/)
5. In the same directory mentioned under 2 do a rename to the original name
"mv nvidia.(k)o.old nvidia.(k)o"
These 5 simple steps will give you the Nvidia module in both kernels,
and you can quite happily boot into either one without re-installing.
Disable use of precompiled kernel interfaces.
This option instructs the installer to not attempt to connect to the NVIDIA
ftp site (for updated precompiled kernel interfaces, for example).
Install a kernel module only, and do not uninstall the existing driver.
This is intended to be used to install kernel modules for additional ker-
nels (in cases where you might boot between several different kernels). To
use this option, you must already have a driver installed, and the version
of the installed driver must match the version of this kernel module.
Don't forget that *nix commands are case sensitive. As for the -N switch, I always tell it NOT to go to the Nvidia FTP site, because it's just an unnecessary waste of time. When I first ran Slackware in 2003 I would let it try, but it never reached the site. Same with trying the "nvidia-installer --update" option. It can get there to tell me there's a new version, but it can't download it for me (never gets past 1%). Today it's hung here: