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Old 01-22-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Installing NVIDIA Display Driver on Fedora Core 10


Hello all, I am brand new to the Linux world, just started it in school, however we are using Ubuntu and only through VMWARE. I decided to install Fedora Core 10 at home on a spare HD. The install went great but I'm having trouble installing a display driver.

What I've done so far is: logged in as root in command screen, telinit 3 to close X server, ran the driver I downloaded...but when the installer starts, it tells me:
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No precompiled kernel interface found....would you like to download one?
Then it says:
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No matching kernel interface found.....will create one
Then when I hit OK, it says:
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Unable to find the development tool 'cc' in your path, please make sure you have the package 'gcc' installed...
and now I'm at a loss.

Any help is appreciated, and please remember I've spent less than an hour so far using Linux .

My GPU is an NVIDIA Geforce 7600GT and the driver I'm trying to install is "NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.22-pkg2.run" from the NVIDIA site.

Thanks.

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Old 01-22-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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Hello all, I am brand new to the Linux world, just started it in school, however we are using Ubuntu and only through VMWARE. I decided to install Fedora Core 10 at home on a spare HD. The install went great but I'm having trouble installing a display driver.

What I've done so far is: logged in as root in command screen, telinit 3 to close X server, ran the driver I downloaded...but when the installer starts, it tells me:


Then it says:


Then when I hit OK, it says:


and now I'm at a loss.

Any help is appreciated, and please remember I've spent less than an hour so far using Linux .

My GPU is an NVIDIA Geforce 7600GT and the driver I'm trying to install is "NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.22-pkg2.run" from the NVIDIA site.

Thanks.
Shouldn't be a problem, and welcome aboard.

You can probably type in (you need to be root to do these things):

"yum install gcc" (This will install the C compiler you'll need). After that, it may complain about not having kernel source code. If so, you can probably (some Fedora expert can comment on this), type in "yum install kernel-source". After that, it should compile and install easily.

Online repositories are your friends. You CAN use the 'standard' drivers that come with FC for your X windows...but I'd want the nVidia performance too, if I paid for it.
 
Old 01-22-2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I installed the GCC, and it said I need the kernel source code, but when I typed "yum install kernel-source", it came up with "No package kernel-source available. Nothing to do"

and how do I install the standard drivers?...all I really want right now is to get my desktop resolution to 1280x1024, I assumed all I needed was a display driver. In 'system-config-display' my monitor is not listed, and I cant choose any resolution higher than 800x600.
 
Old 01-22-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response. I installed the GCC, and it said I need the kernel source code, but when I typed "yum install kernel-source", it came up with "No package kernel-source available. Nothing to do"

and how do I install the standard drivers?...all I really want right now is to get my desktop resolution to 1280x1024, I assumed all I needed was a display driver. In 'system-config-display' my monitor is not listed, and I cant choose any resolution higher than 800x600.
Well, it may not be called kernel-source for FC10....that was a guess on my part. Google may turn up something, or another FC10 user might know on the FC10 website. Once you find the kernel source and install it through yum, you should be ready to go. The nVidia installation is fairly painless. It may be called "kernel-devel", from what I've seen out there.

The 'standard' drivers are the ones that are already running on your system...the ones that won't let you go higher than 800x600.
 
Old 01-22-2009, 05:03 PM   #5
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You may be better off just adding the rpmfusion repo and using there premade driver setups.
 
Old 01-23-2009, 12:24 PM   #6
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Thanks for help guys, I found it, it was "yum install dkms kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc wget"

And due to my monitor being pretty much non-existant I had to copy someone else's "screen" and "monitor" sections xorg.conf who had a similar problem. But all is good now, I'm running at 1280x1024
 
Old 01-23-2009, 01:27 PM   #7
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Thanks for help guys, I found it, it was "yum install dkms kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc wget"

And due to my monitor being pretty much non-existant I had to copy someone else's "screen" and "monitor" sections xorg.conf who had a similar problem. But all is good now, I'm running at 1280x1024
Glad we could help...
 
Old 02-07-2009, 08:02 PM   #8
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i was trying to install the drivers from nvidia.com Geforce 4MX on Fedora 10...
ran "yum install dkms kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc wget" it worked! thanks
but it was still not finding the source, had to manually tell it where the source was:
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.07-pkg1.run --kernel-source-path /usr/src/kernels/x.x.x.x....
it reached 100%, YES! but then failed, NOOOO!: ERROR: Unable to build the NVIDIA kernel module.
searched some more and found: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=204752 also here http://www.my-guides.net/en/content/...#video_drivers

su
rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/...ble.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfr...ble.noarch.rpm
yum install kmod-nvidia-96xx xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-96xx-libs
reboot

Worked!!!
 
Old 02-07-2009, 09:01 PM   #9
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Understand that by using a kmod you will have to install a new kmod each time you change kernels(the kmod has be built against that specific kernel). The new kmods are generally released within a couple of days of the new kernel.
 
Old 02-08-2009, 01:57 AM   #10
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Good to know... my keyboard thanks you.
 
  


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