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Old 10-01-2003, 05:01 PM   #1
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how to get Nvidia drivers working with RH9 kernel-smp-2.4.20-20.9


Hello everyone.
Still trying to get Linux RH9 to work correctly.
I am using RH9 and finally got the RHN to work, so upgraded Kernels to kernel-smp-2.4.20-20.9 but now.. I cannot install Nvidia drivers for my Quadro4 980XGL.
It gives an option of compiling a kernel for the drivers (when I try to install), but when I say OK, it says it cannot find the kernel.
I downloaded it Via the RHN.... and am running it, so it should be somewhere.. just dont know where or how to make the drivers compile to the new kernel

Any and all help is appreciated... and make your responses over explicit so that I can follow (since I am so new to linux).

Thanks a'bunch

D.
 
Old 10-01-2003, 05:03 PM   #2
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You are doing it correctly. You just have to install your kernel sources. It is on your Redhat CD's. Use Add/Remove software packing and install/search for the kernel sources package, then run the Nvidia installation again

Good luck and welcome to LinuxQuestions.org

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Old 10-01-2003, 05:12 PM   #3
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Once you upgraded the kernel, you can say goodbye to nvidia drivers and wait for the next release of binary driver.

This is my experience as a noob. I hope I didn't upgrade the kernel so I didn't have to reinstall RH9.
 
Old 10-01-2003, 05:18 PM   #4
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Nah, I got the very same error with Slackware saying it could not recognize the kernel or something like that. I then installed the kernel sources and it worked just fine . I could be wrong though...
 
Old 10-01-2003, 05:46 PM   #5
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Megaman X...
Ok, I installed the Kernel, but the one on my cd is for the 2.4.20-6, while I upgraded to the 2.4.20-20.9 via the RHN.

If you could point me (step by step if you dont mind) then I will follow your instructions.
I just modded my FreeX86 to get my samsung 240t to display at 1920x1200, so I will probably have to do it again once I get these drivers installed.

Thanks again

D.

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Old 10-01-2003, 07:27 PM   #6
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Ok.. quick update.
I did the add/remove software and added the kernel (older 2.4.20-6) then had to redownload the newer 2.4.20-20.9, then rebooted.
Then installed the driver and had the driver compile a new kernel for me (seemed to find it just fine), then redid some of the XFree86 lines (changed driver from nv to nvidia etc...) made sure my previous modifications were still there (so I can correctly display 1920x1200) then rebooted again.
Saw the nvidia splash screen (so I guess this means it is running correctly) and all seems to be good.
Is there some way/program that I can use to test if the driver is running correctly?

Thanks for the help everyone

D.
 
Old 10-01-2003, 10:55 PM   #7
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the answer is games

If you can play Chromium or Tux Racer, then everything works
 
Old 10-02-2003, 02:00 AM   #8
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Whohooo :=) I'm glad it's working for you now debaucher. I knew you would find the kernel sources .

bitterjack could not be more right though, games are the best test . Tux Racer rocks, I love that game and so does my son who is 2 years old but already loves the penguin .

There's a program to test 3D acceleration though. At the terminal, type "glxgears" without the quotes. It is also good for testing the frame rate you are getting .

Good luck!!!
 
Old 10-02-2003, 02:27 AM   #9
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that's an interesting one - I got:
11686 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2337.200 FPS
if I moved the screen around and covered the gears alittlebit.
32772 frames in 5.0 seconds = 6554.400 FPS
when the gears are hidden heh heh heh
and normal is mostly about:
9144 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1828.800 FPS

this is for an nVidia 64mb MX 400.

Can anyone tell me if this is good in comparison to other cards?
 
Old 10-02-2003, 01:19 PM   #10
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Ok.. well chromium and the glxgears work fine.
But I just get a blank screen when I try tuxracer.
Any ideas?

D.
 
Old 10-02-2003, 01:26 PM   #11
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could be tuxracer....got any other 3d games installed to test with? It is working with one game to yyou need to test with other to tell if the driver is problematic or it is just that one game that's not working.
 
  


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