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Old 03-23-2005, 08:45 PM   #1
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Question Will new kernel/x server break video card driver?


Hi!
I've had my video card drivers working nicely for some time now...
I have a nvidia 5200fx on an athlon 64 2800 running suse 9.2/x86_64(duh?)

I use the proprietary drivers from nvidia.com for my card...i had to compile them for my kernel.

Everything else is stock, unless upgraded with apt/rpm with suse official rpms

I have been avoiding upgrading my kernel/x server in fear of my video card drivers breaking...I figure it's time I give it a try.

So, will upgrading the kernel or x server break my precious drivers?


Oh, and why are the nvidia drivers called "binary only", when the installer compiles them for you?


Thanks
 
Old 03-23-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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Using 9.2 with yast-installed NVidia drivers.
3d works, no problems upgrading kernels till now.
Just doing "yast2 online_upgrade" and everything works for me.

> Oh, and why are the nvidia drivers called "binary only", when
> the installer compiles them for you?
The installer just compiles some "glue" to connect the binary part
with your kernel.
 
Old 03-23-2005, 10:49 PM   #3
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Depends what kernel upgrade you want to do? If this is SuSE kernel, then you even don't need to do anything to the nvidia drivers, assuming that you have nvidia installed with YAST. After kernel update installed before drivers will work. This is the major difference between YAST installation and "manual" installation of nvidia rivers.
If you think about 2.6.11.x, then you need at least nvidia ver 7167, earlier drivers are incompatible. These can only be installed manually.
I have Xorg 6.8.2-0.1 installed and no problems at all.

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....on an athlon 64 2800 running suse 9.2/x86_64(duh?)
You can have either 32-bit or 64-bit wersion installed
 
Old 03-23-2005, 11:56 PM   #4
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I installed the drivers manually...does this mean I will have to re"compile" it if i upgrade the kernel?
I use apt/rpm for my upgrades, which shouldn't make a diference because it installs the same packages.
And if you're wondering, i will use an official suse kernel.
In case you misunderstood, I use 64bit suse with 64bit drivers.

Try to be more descriptive, please
 
Old 03-24-2005, 06:59 AM   #5
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yes, anything except YAST installation will require re-installation of nvidia drivers. But should not e a problem?
 
Old 03-24-2005, 07:04 PM   #6
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ok i'll just upgrade x...kernel shouldn't be a problem...
 
  


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