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Old 12-30-2002, 05:43 PM   #1
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Architecture Question


I'm running SuSE 8.1 and I'm somewhat confused what architecture I'm using. YaST2 Control Center says i386; however, in a console after using the "arch" command I'm told i686. This is my first time using linux.
 
Old 12-30-2002, 06:32 PM   #2
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You're using Intel architecture :-). Different programs can show different things, because it's imporant which options were used to compile a program (kernel etc..), not the machine you're using it on, in fact. The processor you're using is described in /proc/cpuinfo.
 
Old 12-30-2002, 06:47 PM   #3
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Alright, but for example, when I went to download the latest Nvidia drivers for my graphics card, there were ones for different architectures. Which archictecture would I download them for?
 
Old 12-30-2002, 09:48 PM   #4
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All these views and no one can answer me?!?!?
 
Old 12-30-2002, 10:09 PM   #5
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there's only two that say suse8.1, and you need both of them.
http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86_4...use81.i586.rpm
http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86_4...use81.i586.rpm
 
Old 12-30-2002, 11:01 PM   #6
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Okay. I didn't know which ones to download manually so I did an automatic update through YaST2. Now, how would I find out which version I currently have?
 
Old 12-31-2002, 01:59 AM   #7
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ok... the architecture you have doesn't change unless you change your processor. chances are you have a i686 architecture, unless your computer is pretty old. if you want to be safe, go with the i386 architecture. they'll work on anything. you'll probably be safe with just about any of them tho. the difference between them is the kernel optimization, which doesn't really come into effect unless you put some pretty heavy loads on your machine.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 02:32 AM   #8
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Well I installed the rpms above and my screen went black. I tried doing startx but the screen flickered and there were a bunch of errors. Since I didn't know what else to do, I reinstalled and looking for the other 3D drivers I got through YaST but no luck so far.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 03:34 AM   #9
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Did you install the drivers when in X? It's not a good idea. Next time install them when in the console mode. Or, if no success, copy the error messages you get.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 03:41 AM   #10
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No I didn't do it while in X. I've reinstalled it about 8 times in the past week. I keep doing bad stuff and ruining things. I'm new to linux.
 
Old 01-01-2003, 03:55 PM   #11
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Next time download 'NVchooser' (from nvidia's site), run it, download the RPM it suggests and install them manually.
 
Old 01-01-2003, 08:39 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by Mara
Next time download 'NVchooser' (from nvidia's site), run it, download the RPM it suggests and install them manually.
That's what I did 2 reinstall times ago.
 
Old 01-01-2003, 11:03 PM   #13
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Have you edited the correct XF86Config file?
Have you run nv_check?
 
Old 01-01-2003, 11:37 PM   #14
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I haven't touched it. And yes I ran nv_check. I'm not going to mess with downloading graphics card drivers manually. I'll just let YaST2 install them from the SuSE server for updates until I gain further knowledge of linux.
 
Old 01-01-2003, 11:50 PM   #15
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You need to edit the correct XF86Config file for your system according to the instructions in the README file found on the nvidia download page before it will work, you can install the drivers a million times and you won't get anywhere untill you edit that file.
 
  


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