Originally Posted by mike9287
Oh, BTW I installed some generic drivers when I first installed Mandriva, will I need to remove them to install these new ones?
You will need to re-install the nvidia driver whenever you have installed a new kernel.
For reasons I never understood, if you already have the kernel-sources installed, the newer version appears in the updates/upgrades section when using the software manager in the mandriva control centre aka MCC aka Configure my computer. The actual kernel (the newer version) is available in the RPMDrake+ section (packages available for install) for some reason.
You'd then need to either know where the nvidia driver package is located or where you downloaded it too (lets presume in /home/user).
So then you just open a konsole/terminal window and do the init 3 command already mentioned earlier (you probably need to be "su'd" to root anyway but if not, when it's dropped you to the terminal window, if the prompt finishes in $ you will need to issue su then hit enter and input the root password - the prompt should have changed to one that finishes with a #).
Then just to make sure you're in the right place, do "cd /home/user" (without the quote marks). then you are free to do the execute command which can be found in the readme file at nvidia.com (in the linux drivers section). You should be asked to accept the licence (arrow keys and enter) then it does some stuff, it might ask some yes/no questions obviously you need yes answers and it tells you that you're ready to go.
I used to make a list of the stages and include any important bits I might need to remember like the path to the package (where it's located), the command for executing it (sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86.........pkg1.run) plus the kernel version package number (kernel-2.6.15-23.mdk or whatever). Plus whether you're in graphical mode or a terminal window, you can find out whether you're booted into the right kernel by issuing the "uname -r" command (no quotes of course).
for software repositories/mirrors go to easyurpmi
and literally follow the instructions.