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I'm running Mandrake 10.1 Offical and i can't install my 5200 drivers. This is what i do
1. Init 3 (in konsole)
2. Sh (NVIDIA DRIVER LOCATION)
3. Get a message to search the nvidia FTP for a kernel or some poo like that)
4. it isn't found
5. It asks me to compile a kerner thing
6. The kernel cannot compile the kernel driver thing ( the thing that MDK10.1 was searching the ftp for)
What can i do. Please help me out im eager to play some games =), and windoz is tempting me(can't resist games). Oh and on SuSE It installed perfectly. On FC3 and MDK 10.1 I get that problem.
The installation of the Nvidia drivers via the download version from their web site, requires that the kernel source for the currently installed version of the Linux kernel, be present on your computer.
The installer uses the files provided by the kernel-source rpm to build the new driver.
If these files are not present or are of the wrong version, the installer will fail as it has done in your case.
URPMI is a command line program (the gui is called rpmdrake) that will automatically go out and retrieve files for you and anything else which may be required to get the file you are requesting, to run or install.
will go out and get the LATEST kernel source tree and install if... however this may NOT be correct source for your installed kernel.
To find out the name/version of your installed kernel type in
You may have to specify additional information to urpmi to grab the correct kernel-source rpm.
Once you have the kernel source in place you will be able to complete the installation of the nvidia drivers.
URPMI itself will not work correctly until you have set up the URPMI sources.
That is you have to tell URPMI where it's permitted to download files from.
My sig points to one of several sites that gives you information about this process.
You should ALWAYS set up ALL of the indicated sources, main, plf, jpackage, contrib, etc.
It could be the mirror I used but, I repeat, the NVIDIA driver would not function until I performed that procedure. I too was under the impression that the problem was fixed but after 3 consecutive failures the driver installed OK when I patched the file.
Well my MDK 10.1 Wouldnt detect any removable storage devices, so thats why i couldnt install the kernel-source i had to mount the ISO and add it to media as a directory in the Mandrake Controll Centre then i found the kernel-sources and installed them. The nvidia driver was successfull but i dont know how to edit the CONFIG files needed. I here a GUI installer is coming out for the NVIDIA drivers so iĺl just have to wait.