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Ok here we go long story short I have been up for 72 hours. I have Mandrake 8.2 with the kernel 2.4.18-6mdk. I been to nvidia site more times than my own home. Could someone please "guid" me thru this alful thing i am going thru. I am new to linux as you see and i do not understand 99% of the docs out there. the ones i did understand CRASHED MY SYSTEM. I have reinstalled more times that a baby soils a diaper in a weeek. some help please
Check this out http://www.mandrakeuser.org/downloads/nvidiasetup.pl.gz there are couple of things that need to be done before you install drivers
make sure you have perl installed (rpm -q perl), make sure you are in runlevel 3 no GUI whatsoever (from Xterm/Konsole issue as root telinit 3)
P.S. Forgot, get this script off the webpage I refered you to, save it in a convinient location, run chmod 755 script_name.pl, and when in runlevel3 as root execute it with either perl scrip_name.pl or ./script_name.pl (make sure you are in directory where the script located)
Ok, sorry I was off for a while, now when you got the files, still in runlevel3 issue as root
rpm -Uhv NVIDIA_GLX* NVIDIA_kernel*
if everything proceeds fine then go to the next step - edit you /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file. Are you familiar with any text mode editors (vi, emacs, pico?) I will provide the instructions for vi
cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86XConfig-4.old # to be safe make a backup copy
the contents of the file displayed at this moment use arrow up/down/left/right keys, scroll down till you see Load statements
if there is Load "dri" statement what we need is to point our cursor to this line and hit d twice (dd) it will remove the line
now we need to add Load "GLcore" and Load "glx" statements if they are not there
so still among the Load statements hit o key you'll see at the buttom of the screen -- INSERT -- (you are in edit mode)
hit enter and type
scroll down till you see
just change it to "nvidia" so it'll look like
at this point hit Esc key it throws you back into command mode of vi and press letter z twice while holding a shift key. You are done.
Exit off root and type startx
do you see NVIDIA logo? Then you are fine, otherwise post any errors from /var/log/XFree86.0.log
well what i did was downloaded the files changes the paths in a compiler saved it and ran it
Now my only other problem is. I am trying to Run the game UnrealTournament and i am getting a glide error it cant find glide but the ini says Use opengl any ideas?
btw i will add the source that i modified since theis is a OPEN surce thing here. I will add it later I think the worse ordeal is getting the right ones. You do not know HOW HAPPY you made me when that big old nvidia popup came on i alsomst dried lol