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Old 03-18-2004, 12:42 AM   #1
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2.6.3 Kernal doesn't allow for latest nVidia drivers


I've really screwed up. I updated my kernel from the standard Mandrake 9.2 Kernal the 2.4.22 kernel to the 2.6.3.4mdk kernel and when I went to go into X it wouldn't load. I downloaded the latest drivers from nVidia for my video card and the program says:

No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you like the installer to attempt to download a kernel from the NIVIDA ftp site (ftp://download.nvidia.com)

I have never been able to get a internet connection on the computer. So I decided that maybe I would work the problem from another angle and see if I couldn't get my nForce stuff running that is also nVidia. I make installed the drivers for my network card and now I only get garbage when I try to get into X. Also X would kill itself after about 1 or 2 tries to load the XFree drivers. I know I did something wrong but I'm not sure what I did nor am I sure how to fix it.

Any ideas I'm willing to entertain just about anything.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 01:03 AM   #2
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I am running GeForce mx440 here and it installed my drivers just fine

It says like Generic -> nVidia ... I didn't choose the drivers it just had them. I suggest you get a copy of Mandrake 10 (you only need the first 2 CDs, I found this out ;-)) and do a upgrade or fresh install.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 01:07 AM   #3
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I'm not using the drivers that came with Mandrake I'm using the Nvidia programed ones that work better in my expeance. And what kernel version are you using?
 
Old 03-18-2004, 01:41 AM   #4
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When it asks to download a new one say no. After that it will ask to build the driver for your kernel or something like that. Let it do it. It will take several minutes and look like it's not doing anything, but it is. Make the changes as suggested by Nvidia and you should be golden.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 02:19 AM   #5
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I am using the latest kernal and Mandrake 10. No problems here...
 
Old 03-18-2004, 12:22 PM   #6
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I try to have the installer compile a new interface and I get the following error message:

ERROR: Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename.

ake: *** [select_makefile] Error 1

I press ok and the next screen shows:

ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the fiel 'var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux driver download page at www.nvidia.com.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 12:26 PM   #7
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A few things.....
1. Did you look at the log file? What did it say?
2. Did you do this as root? I'm fairly sure you have to.
3. Do you have the kernel source installed? It would be in /usr/src/ if you are unsure. I have heard that the source doesn't get installed on some of the the lastest Mandrake installs. You will probably need the source to be able to compile the driver.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 01:22 PM   #8
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The log file said the same thing as I said before. Yes I'm only logged in as root. And I don't have the 2.6.3.4mdk kernel source installed. I'm not entirly sure where I can find it, since I got the kernel from a friend. If anyone knows where to find the source I would appreciate that. Thanks.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 01:38 PM   #9
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http://rpms.mandrakeclub.com/rpms/ma...1mdk.i586.html
Could that be it? You can type 2.6.3.4mdk into google and see what else you come up with.
 
Old 03-24-2004, 03:42 PM   #10
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hi there,

i'm experiencing the same problem on mandrake 10ce. My first attemt to install the nvidia-drivers succeeded and i was happy. after updating the system (including kernel-source 2.6.3-7mdk) mandrake won't accept the nvidia-module anymore.

after trying to reinstall the driver nvidia-installer comes up with the message "Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename" make: *** [select_makefile] Fehler 1

well ... /usr/src/linux-2.6.3-4mdk has just an include-directory with a config-directory, which contains many more data, in it. /usr/src/linux-2.6.3-7mdk includes the whole bunch of files

now i've deinstalled the 2.6.3-7mdk-source and reinstall the 2.6.3-4mdk and 2.6.3-7mdk-kernels with source and retry the installation of the nvidia-module

any suggestions are welcome

lg,
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Old 03-24-2004, 04:55 PM   #11
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hi there,

after having deinstalled all kernel-sources (and erased all files in /usr/src/) and reinstall the kernel-sources for my linux-2.6.3-4mdk kernel i was again able to build the nvidia-module

so i guess i will stay at the 2.6.3-4mdk kernel for now

lg,
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Old 03-28-2004, 12:41 AM   #12
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I got the 2.6.3-7mdk and the source and I have fixed my problem. Thanks for all the help.
 
Old 07-13-2006, 12:14 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by benjithegreat98
A few things.....
1. Did you look at the log file? What did it say?
2. Did you do this as root? I'm fairly sure you have to.
3. Do you have the kernel source installed? It would be in /usr/src/ if you are unsure. I have heard that the source doesn't get installed on some of the the lastest Mandrake installs. You will probably need the source to be able to compile the driver.

How do you get your Kernal Source? I'm using the newest build of Fedora
 
Old 07-13-2006, 12:43 PM   #14
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Try
Code:
yumdownloader --source kernel-smp
Or instead of kernel-smp you might just try kernel.

If it says you don't have yumdownloader then do this:
Code:
yum install yum-utils
I'm not positive where it will download it to but it will be an rpm. You should be able to rpm -ihv [filename] .


EDIT:

I tried it on my system without success. You can just download it straight from here:
http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pu...dates/5/SRPMS/

Just make sure you know which one is the right version and download it. You can find your version number by typing in "uname -a" on the command line.

Last edited by benjithegreat98; 07-13-2006 at 12:56 PM.
 
Old 07-13-2006, 01:01 PM   #15
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So I apparently have 2 kernels installed... one not listed on that site. However, using the add remove programs I searched for kernel and found both installed types and found both of them in their devel packs. Not sure if this is the end of my problem but I think I have my devel packs installed now.

Thanks for the help!

Last edited by BrandoAZ; 07-13-2006 at 01:16 PM.
 
  


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