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Old 11-21-2002, 05:36 PM   #1
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Question nvidia drivers


Hello,

I'm trying to install a nvidia driver on my computer (Dell 8200 P4 1.7Ghz 256RDRAM) on RedHat 7.3. I went to the nvidia site and downloaded:

NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.tar.gz
NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.rh73up.i386.rpm

Fore the GLX, I untared and did " make install " and no errors occured, however it did seem to delete a previously installed version.

for the kernal, It said that that kernal was already installed.

I edited: /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 in the following ways:

I made sure there was: Load glx

I deleted: Load dri and Load GLcore

Where it normaly said Driver: "nv" I replaced it with: Driver: "nvidia"

That was what it told me to do in the READMEs, but when I try to reboot, I can only login at the console. It doesn't like the nvidia driver or there is something I'm doing wrong. Can anybody help me?

Thanks,
Ilektro
 
Old 11-21-2002, 05:42 PM   #2
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That was what it told me to do in the READMEs, but when I try to reboot, I can only login at the console.
Does it try to do something with X and then error out? Or does it simply boot to the command line? What happens when you enter:

startx

If it simply boots to the command line, then you can change the default run level in /etc/inittab. If it errors when trying to do X, then an error message may be helpful.
 
Old 11-21-2002, 07:38 PM   #3
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jglen490,

I ran the command: startx and got an error:

Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock
and start again.


When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send
the full server output, not just the last messages.
Please report problems to xfree86@xfree86.org.

Sound *bad* Any ideas?

Thanks!
Ilektro
 
Old 11-21-2002, 07:42 PM   #4
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Try:
rm /tmp/.X0-lock
and then startx again.

And just a note of advice: install the kernel first! And why go for rpm file and targz? Go download the targz files for both, and install the kernel first.
 
Old 11-21-2002, 08:25 PM   #5
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Thymox,

I tried that and then when I did "startx" I got:

_XSERVTransSocketINETCreateListener: ...SocketCreateListener() failed
_XSERVTransMakeAllCOTSServerListeners: server already running

Fatal server error:
Cannot establish any listening sockets - Make sure an X server isn't already running

When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send
the full server output, not just the last messages.
This can be found in the log file "/var/log/XFree86.0.log".
Please report problems to xfree86@xfree86.org.

The plot thickens!! Any ideas?

Thanks!
Ilektro
 
Old 11-21-2002, 08:27 PM   #6
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You have dropped out of X? Type init 3 just to make sure.
 
Old 11-21-2002, 09:51 PM   #7
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Thymox,

I tried "init 3" and it paused for about 10-15 sec. then brought me to the console login screen. There I tried startx and it gave me a bunch of errors.. I don't remember exactly what it said, but it had to do with not being able to initilize nvidia drivers and some other ones too. This might be a dumb question but why are the errors having to do with X? I'm not too familiar with x.....

??????

Thanks,
Ilektro
 
Old 11-22-2002, 12:13 AM   #8
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While you were installing drivers were you running X concurrently? You should install drivers w/o X running, the tip that Thymox provided was to get you out of X completely and install drivers from command line interface.
 
Old 11-22-2002, 07:59 AM   #9
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I tried installing again from the cosole, but the same thing happened! The errors said it wasn't able to initialize the nvidia kernals, etc. when I did startx from the console. Can anybody help?

Thanks,
Ilektro
 
Old 11-22-2002, 08:03 AM   #10
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Before typing startx, try (as root) typing modprobe NVdriver. See if this sorts the problem.
 
Old 11-25-2002, 11:38 PM   #11
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I'll try that! Unfortunately I couldn't lug my desktop home for the holiday...I'll try it as soon as I get back! Happy Thanksgiving

Ilektro
 
Old 12-03-2002, 05:42 PM   #12
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Thymox,

I tried modprobe NVdriver and got and error, it reads as follows:

insmod: /lib/modules/2.4.18-3/kernel/drivers/video/NVdriver: No such file or directory
insmod: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.18-3/kernel/drivers/video/NVdriver failed


I also looked in that directory but found nothing "nv" named...??

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Ilektro

Last edited by Ilektro; 12-03-2002 at 05:43 PM.
 
Old 12-03-2002, 06:50 PM   #13
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It would appear, then, that your kernel file has not been made correctly. I would try getting the latest ones, the tar.gz files and trying them. Download the targz files for both glx and kernel, unzip both, make install the kernel file first and post any errors here. If you don't get any errors, then make install the glx and follow the rest of the instructions in the readme.
 
Old 12-04-2002, 06:14 PM   #14
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Thymox,

I went to the nvidia site, and downloaded both RPMs, mainly because I didn't see the option to download the tarz for the kernal (they only had RPMs) So I downloaded both RPMs and when I did "rpm -Uvh kernalfilename.rpm" it said that it was already installed. I did the same thing with the glx file and got the same answer: that it's already installed. ????? Do I have to do some kind of UNINSTALL???

Thanks,
Ilektro
 
Old 12-04-2002, 09:21 PM   #15
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You didn't see the .tar.gz files? How odd!
NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.tar.gz
NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.tar.gz
README
It just seemed that if you modprobe and it fails, and then you check to see if the file physically exists, and it doesn't, then something went wrong. I have never had a problem with the tar.gz files (I've linked them for you), so I would advise you try them instead. If you insist on using the rpm files, then you could try the --force option with them.
 
  


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