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Old 08-18-2002, 07:29 PM   #1
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RH 7.3, Kernel, upgrade problems and updating drivers!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hi Guys!

Just installed RH 7.3 again... went thru and did the auto update from their web site, downloaded all the patches and reboot. On the Grub menu have the following 3 choices 2.4.18-3, 2.4.18-5, and Dos. Load into 2.4.18-5 and im ok. So the auto update worked fine or did it?

So I'm back to my week old problem of getting the latest Nvidia driver to work with RH and my GF4 4200Ti Anyways I run NVchooser.sh and it tells me to use the athlon version of the NVIDIA kernel and the i386. I have these as .rpm files so I install them as per the instructions in init 3 mode I've learnt so much. I edit the XF86Config-4, make the changes as per the README and type X. Get some error message, muck around for ages try the tar method get some more message about some headers missing (ill need help with this next! fixmap.h )

Anyways for some reason I decided to reboot and go in via the 2.4.18-3 kernel and see if X is still working and guess what I get the Nvidia splash screen and its all working awesomely even setup as 85hz in 1024x768 just as I wanted. WHAT THE F*CK I say!!

So what are Redhat up to? They have screwed me over with a bum rap kernel upgrade. Now being a super Newbie to Linux I think this SUX!! I know that I can fix it and I will with your help here hopefully. BUT I know that so many people have been having problems with the Nvidia drivers and I guess if they did the same thing as me and try to update any drivers and boot into the latest kernel they will be playing with Nvidia drivers for ever

OK... How do I get the later kernel (2.4.18-5) setup so that when I login X will work? I want to use this kernel as I have a really new motherboard with the VT8233A South Bridge and the newer kernel supports this.

Pls help thanx

Also maybe you guys can put a sticky about this problem so other RH 7.3 Athlon/Nvidia Newbies wont go thru the week long trauma like I did!!
 
Old 08-18-2002, 07:44 PM   #2
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If it's complaining of missing headers, then where could you get them from? Try looking in your linux source dir (should be /usr/src) and check which kernel version you have the source for. If you have 2.4.18-3 sources, then the NVidia drivers may complain when trying to compile against a 2.4.18-5 kernel. You have to ask yourself, are there any advancements from 2.4.18-3 to -5 releases that you would benefit from (usually the -? releases are patched with 3rd party additions, anyway)? If not, then you could quite happily use the 2.4.18-3 kernel and be happy as Larry (who ever he was).

Oh, and I would advise that for the NVidia drivers you always use the .tar.gz files... I've explained before somewhere.
 
Old 08-18-2002, 07:57 PM   #3
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Thanx for the reply Thymox!!

I did a
find / -name fixmap.h
and there is none on my machine
If this file is nowhere on my machine and yes I had logged in as root how can I do the gz.tar method. I can definately see the advantage of the gz.tar method. BTW I did also try using Mandrake on the weekend and it had no problem compiling with the gz.tar method....

As I stated in my original msg I would like the VT8233A support of the -5 kernel. I guess I could just patch with a driver for this which I have downloaded from VIA site.

So what files point to the -5 kernel vs the -3 kernel? I think that all I need to do is boot in as the -5 kernel and edit some files and point them to the right place? Pls help with doing this.
 
Old 08-18-2002, 08:06 PM   #4
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OK, have you tried downloading the source files for 2.4.18-5? RH should provide both a .rpm and a .src.rpm file. Try getting the latter and see if that works.
 
Old 08-18-2002, 08:11 PM   #5
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Ill download the .src.rpm

Do you think that will contain all the .h files I need? Hopefully
Also where are some good instructions for installing this

Whats the difference with .src.rpm and just plain .rpm files? And why is there the choice??

Thanx..

Last edited by admedic; 08-18-2002 at 08:15 PM.
 
Old 08-18-2002, 08:25 PM   #6
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I've just had a look in my kernel source tree (2.4.18-6mdk) and I do have the fixmap.h file, so downloading the source tree for your kernel should give you the file(s) you need. RPM are plain ol' binary files. They're fine if all you want is the program (or in this case, the kernel image itself, and the correct modules in their correct place). If, however, you want the source code, but cannot get a copy of it in .tar.gz format, then it may well be in .src.rpm. It stands for source RPM. Since the kernel in question is a patched RH kernel (that's what the -5 is all about), then downloading a vanilla (standard) kernel source tree from kernel.org would probably not help. There is a choice of the two RPM types for exactly this reason; you may download the .rpm file and everyhing will work fine, unless you decide to install/compile a program that needs access to the source tree itself. Installing .src.rpm files are straightforward, and you can often simply follow the instructions in man rpm.

Hope this helps.
 
  


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