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-fedora 11-26-2009 04:49 AM

nVidia GeForce4 MX 420 Fedora 12 driver
I am trying to find a driver for a nVidia GeForce4 MX 420 for Fedora 12, I know its old, but I can't find a working driver for it. Thanks for your help.

business_kid 11-26-2009 05:00 AM

I have the MX-440, and there's a driver on Nvidia's site for everything before a certain date. You get bold warnings not to update beyond that if you have old junk. I probably have the download somewhere if they have taken it down.

It has this problem; They use their own versions of certain files (, etc) and these are now out of synch with the Mesa that would be distributed with Fedora 12. Ymmv. You need a compiled kernel source to get this installed. Copy the config from /boot, run make, but do not run make clean. Then install it.

I didn't update that box beyond Slackware 12 (& Fedora 9) because of it. The only thing that fell over was googleearth. Mind you, it still does 2200 FPS in glxgears. They are at the stage where they would be given away in breakfast cereal boxes all right.

-fedora 11-26-2009 05:39 AM

I was able to find this driver for it I installed gcc and kernel-devel for it but it dies with the error:

ERROR: Unable to load the kernel module 'nvidia.ko'. This happens most
frequently when this kernel module was built against the wrong or
improperly configured kernel sources, with a version of gcc that differs
from the one used to build the target kernel, or if a driver such as
rivafb/nvidiafb is present and prevents the NVIDIA kernel module from
obtaining ownership of the NVIDIA graphics device(s).

sirwallis 11-26-2009 10:43 AM

install nvidia driver
hi i had the same problem with a different card and os but still nvidia.
i have to install it outside the grahpical environment and in the virtual i did it on Slackware 13.
they have all the drivers on there site for linux.

John VV 11-26-2009 02:13 PM

not sure about fedora12 but the was working on my geforce 2 mx 400 card on fedora 11
and the driver is working just fine in Arch - fully updated

business_kid 11-27-2009 04:28 AM

I reinstalled that same file yeaterday, as I was trying some kernel wheeze on that box.
Get the kernel source which installs in /usr/src/linux-version. cp in the config from /boot/config-version and run make. That should take 15-20 minutes. THEN try the install.

It has precompiled modules for a number of kernels but they are back from the last millenium. It has not got stuff for modern kernels.So it should not have installed a module.

redmittens 01-17-2010 06:50 AM

I installed an nVidia driver which, thinking about it, was almost certainly the wrong one (yes, I'm an idiot). Computer now hangs on startup, just after the splash screen.

Graphics card is an abit siluro version of the geforce4 (IIRC, geforce4 MX, I think 4400 but I'd have to check). I installed a driver that's too modern.

Any idea how I can remove it and revert to whatever was in use before?

John VV 01-17-2010 05:37 PM


please do not post to old threads , start new ones .

Also ARE you using fedora 12 ?
if so DID you disable the nouveau nvidia driver that fedora is shipping with .
see the fedora nvidia INSTALL GUIDE

the nouveau driver being installed by default IS PLAINLY STATED IN THE FEDORA DOCS .

justaguy_75ae 01-18-2010 02:08 PM

These instructions worked for installing my nvidia Card

* you must read every bit of instruction and follow it exactly or you will end up with problems

John VV 01-18-2010 04:16 PM

also redmittens be advised that you need to use the "96" nvidia.rpm or use the legacy for that old nvidia card

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