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Distribution: Gentoo 2004.0, Debain 3.0r2, Mandrake 10.0 and Slackware 9.1
Okay I downloaded the latest nvidia drivers and tryed to install... It told me to specify where the kernel source was, so I used '--kernel-source-path' to do that. Now when I run it, I get the error: ERROR: Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename.
hmm..but do you really have to specify the source path, if you use the binary-bin of nvidia? well..anyway. the first (and only) time I got that message with my drivers was because I didn't have nvidia kernel module compiled into my kernel; the driver is "useless" if your kernel doesn't support nvidia's card.
so are you sure you have it either in kernel (itself) or as module in kernel? if it's not, then download the (latest stable) sources, configure them and recompile the kernel so that there are also the nvidia module(s)
EDIT: I didn't remember right away, but (as far as I know) the nvidia's driver version depends on kernel version; the older kernel won't (as far as I know) support new drivers (the newest nvidia drivers are made for 2.6 kernels)..and the newer kernel might not support the older drivers..I think.
You need the kernel source to build nvidia drivers. It does not have to be a new one, nor is necessary to compile the kernel with nvidia as anything. If you are using Slackware 9.0 as it stands on your profile, go here:
i use the normal installer from www.nvidia.com in the .run format... perhaps this installer will work
on what distro are you trying to install?
direct link to drivers page; make sure you download the .run file for your architecture (ia32 for most people which includes intel and most amd, amd64 for the amd 64 bit processors)