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Stupid me was refreshing pg 4 yesterday looking for a response...
I was not able to try looking at the different terminals while the installer was frozen, and now when I try and run it it doesn't even get to the installer screen. Just locks up right after I put in the command.
I did some looking around, it seems that the nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 doesn't play well with Mandrake 9.2. Anyhow, I've found something else we can try. According to the Nvidia website, this technique is a last resort option. I think we have reached that stage.
To install the NVIDIA driver contained within the .run file without
using nvidia-installer, you can use the included Makefile:
sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.19-pkg1.run --extract-only
This method of installation is not recommended, and is only provided
as a last resort, should nvidia-installer not work correctly on
I have already entered the correct driver version for you. Follow the instructions to extract, then do the make install.
No you don't do a reboot after running sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.19-pkg1.run --extract-only
What should happen is once you issue that command it should only extract the files, do ls and you should see a directory called NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.19-pkg1 you need to cd into that directory and run make install
To make sure the Xserver is not running, do telinit 3 before running the sh command. If the make install completes without any errors, do telinit 5 to restart your Xserver.
If you don't get a graphical login, check your /etc/X11/XF86XF86Config-4 file and make sure it has the driver as nvidia under the section "Device"
When I run that command the machine reboots itself. I do not choose to reboot it.
Hmmm that's not good. Let's remove the current card and replace it with the geforce 7100. Before doing that you might as well get the required driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86-275.19.run you'll find it by choosing the 7 series on the nvidia website.
Once you have the driver transferred to the target machine take it from page 4 post #49 1. telinit 3
Just to confirm you are doing all this as root right?
I don't think it's getting a chance to report an error if it is getting one, and the regular ./NVIDIA command doesn't even get to the installer anymore. Just sits there after I hit enter with a flashing cursor I can do nothing with.
I don't know if possibly something was messed up when I loaded that source, or if hard restarting when locked in the nvidia installer borked it.
Just frustrating when things that are supposed to work, like something simple as loading a driver, continue to give you problems.
nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Tue Jan 1 23:14:26 2002
installer version: 1.0.7
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
precompiled interfaces : true
no ncurses color : false
query latest version : false
OpenGL header files : true
no questions : false
silent : false
no recursion : false
no backup : false
kernel module only : false
sanity : false
add this kernel : false
no runlevel check : false
no network : false
no ABI note : false
no RPMs : false
no kernel module : false
force SELinux : default
no X server check : false
no cc version check : false
run distro scripts : true
no nouveau check : false
run nvidia-xconfig : false
sigwinch work around : true
force tls : (not specified)
X install prefix : (not specified)
X library install path : (not specified)
X module install path : (not specified)
OpenGL install prefix : (not specified)
OpenGL install libdir : (not specified)
utility install prefix : (not specified)
utility install libdir : (not specified)
installer prefix : (not specified)
doc install prefix : (not specified)
kernel name : (not specified)
kernel include path : (not specified)
kernel source path : (not specified)
kernel output path : (not specified)
kernel install path : (not specified)
precompiled kernel interfaces path : (not specified)
precompiled kernel interfaces url : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /root/tmp
ftp mirror : ftp://download.nvidia.com
RPM file list : (not specified)
selinux chcon type : (not specified)
Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface