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Old 03-31-2003, 03:19 AM   #1
Dijeeh
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Question Mandrake 9.1 Nvidia Driver help


I'm new to Linux my self , and i need instructions that are easy to follow and make sense, on how to install the drivers for my Geforce2 GTS 32mb DDR that i downloaded from www.nvidia.com

The instructions say to run the NVIDIA_kernel RPM file , then run the NVIDIA_GLX file.

Well, i have a problem, when i try to run the NVIDIA_kernel file, the RPM installer says "Everything already installed!" or similar.

So i think , Ok i can skip that, and i try to install the NVIDIA_GLX rpm.

But that fails because it says that the kernel RPM is not installed., But i can't install it!

Can somebody please help me, I Don't know what to do.

Thank you!
 
Old 03-31-2003, 07:07 AM   #2
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I believe that the newer kernals that come with mandrake 9.1 and redhat 9 are not compatible with the nvidia drivers for linux, i at the moment have the same problem as you do...

If you get it figureed out give me a shout pls.

I've been told that for newer kernals there's a different way to install, but not had it confirmed yet.

Btw, don't use the rpm's , use the source files and build em yourself, much easier and cleaner.!!
 
Old 03-31-2003, 07:10 AM   #3
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As far as installing on redhat 8 goes here we go...:

Download GLX and kernal in tar.gz format


uncompress said files with tar -vzxf filename (GLX first)

Then do the kernal file.

Go into each folder (GLX first) and type make, and then make install

Then repeat for kernal file..

Next edit your /etc/X11/XF86config-4 file and add the line

Load glx
, in the modules section

Then find the line that says driver = nv (or somthing like that) and replace nv with nvidia

That will work if your not on a newer kernal !!!!

Hope that helped

Note - it will not work on newer kernals, and will only work if your using xfree 4 or above, xfree3 settings dont apear to work at all.

Last edited by Evilone; 03-31-2003 at 07:12 AM.
 
Old 03-31-2003, 12:01 PM   #4
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just make sure the src is installed and compile the drivers yourself, it works.
 
Old 04-04-2003, 04:53 AM   #5
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what do you mean make sure the src is installed?????

I thought that downloading the tar.gz versions WERE the source code, and all i needed to do was MAKE and then MAKE INSTALL???
 
Old 04-04-2003, 06:47 AM   #6
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kernel source
 
Old 04-04-2003, 06:50 AM   #7
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Ok. You could be on to somthing here... How do i tell if i do indeed have the kernal ( i assume you mean linux kernal ) source installed. And if not how do i install the kernal source??

I thought source was just that source code sitting there waiting compile?? Or is there some directory it should be located in for just such an occasion.

*Slaps own hand --- kernel*
pfft
 
Old 04-04-2003, 09:21 AM   #8
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There is a far easier way to install nVidia drivers, due to nVidias new install procedure - http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=linux_update.

Anyway, what yo have to do is to download the appropriate driver (I used NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4349.run). After downloading, run (as root):

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4349.run (change to your own driver, if different)

The nVidia driver will be installed.

After the installation procedure, you have to change a couple of entries in your XF86Config-file.

Please note: The following is the procedure for the driver file NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4349.run.
If choosing a different driver, the entries in XF86Config may differ somewhat.
Check the README if unsure (available after installing the driver) - /usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0/README.

In the [Driver] section, find the entry "Driver "nv"" and replace with "Driver "nvidia"".

In the [Module] section, make sure you have the entry "Load "glx"".

If existing, remove the lines "Load "dri"" and "Load "GLcore"".

That's all there is to it. Restart X, and you're good to go.


Later you can check for new drivers using this command:

nvidia-installer --latest

This will check for latest driver on nVidias FTP. You can download and install new drivers automatically by doing:

nvidia-installer --update

The nvidia-installer will automatically "detect your Linux operating system, kernel type, and
CPU on a system and sets up the system for optimal performance and stability", quote nVidia.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 04-05-2003, 02:03 AM   #9
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Yeah this has been out since monday i think, SWEET it works
 
Old 06-21-2003, 07:46 AM   #10
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actually for me it does not

"(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!"

i read the manual. useless.

"Another cause may be that the /dev/nvidia* device files may be missing."
they are, now what? thank you very much.



ah... i find only problems here.




okay i downloaded a month-older version of driver. that works.

Last edited by ArchNGEL; 06-21-2003 at 08:35 AM.
 
Old 06-21-2003, 02:02 PM   #11
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nvidia driver 4180 for xfree86 4.2.1 on Mandrake linux 9.0

This version of nvidia driver is the only one I can find available at the www.nvidia.com. I downloaded and unpacked the files but I get a shed load of errors when I try to make the contents of NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4180. Is there a problem with this driver or should I investigate further. I hope not cos the error output is quite daunting. NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-4180 compiles without a hitch.

Problem solved. I was downloading the AMD64 when I should have been downloading the IA64 (IA-Intel architecture), which compiles fine.

Last edited by devlin; 06-23-2003 at 08:35 AM.
 
  


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