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Old 03-15-2004, 12:26 PM   #1
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Question kernel update: problem with X


I have updated my kernel twice now, but always revert back as X doesn't work in any kernel update I make. I have a dual head system that required me to download a new Nvidia driver and modify the XF86Config file to get working. Now that I did that, do I have top go throught that process on every kernel update? If so ... what a pain! Doesn't the new kernel just use my old XF86Config file? If not, where do I need to copy my working file to in order to get the new updates to work?

I have only been using Linux for about a month now. Mostly I love it, but times like these are really aggravating. Updating anything in Fedora has been a problem, as have been installs. I'm beginning to see the point of those that claim "rpm's suck". I've thought about trying Gentoo ... I'm prepared for the laborious install if it means updates really are that much easier ... haven't heard about installs on Gentoo, but if it's not rpm based it's gotta be better than Fedora.

Back to my original question ... can any help me update my kernel and get X working?
 
Old 03-15-2004, 12:34 PM   #2
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It's not the kernel not using the XF86Config,
it's the NVidia driver generating a module,
which of course has to match the kernel version.


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Old 03-15-2004, 12:38 PM   #3
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Okay, so how do I fix it? And thanks for the speedy reply.
 
Old 03-15-2004, 12:43 PM   #4
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Any time I update a kernel source or install/test a new kernel, I have to re-compile the nvidia driver! I imagine it's the same with most/all other distro's also.............so I keep a copy of the current nvidia driver on CD-r, so I don't have to re-download when I need it.......
 
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You'll actually need to recompile/re-install the driver

And no, in this particular case the problem is not Fedora
but NVidia ;)


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Old 03-15-2004, 01:00 PM   #6
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Thanks for straightening me out. I still think I'll give Gentoo a try on my next system. Is there anywhere that I can find out what hardware is more linux friendly. From my problems and what I've read, Nvidia doesn't care about linux users at all. I'm looking at building a desktop for my home now, and would very much like to banish MS products from entering the house. I prefer Linux to Mac (though not much difference underneath these days) so I'd like to build with linux friendly hardware from linux friendly companies.

Thanks again
 
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The best place to look is the Documentation directory
of your kernel source tree ;)

If the many files are too verbose, head for the
Configure.help (if you're using a 2.4.XX kernel).
It lists all hardware the kernel knows about in a
pretty terse form. For graphics adapters go to
http://www.xfree86.org/current/manindex4.html


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