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Old 10-03-2004, 12:02 AM   #1
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Nvidia Driver Install - rivafb driver conflicts

I have installed debian sarge using deb installer rc1. (2.6 kernel, /etc/apt/sources.list updated with unstable entries)
The system is a 2000 xp with soyo dragon plus mobo, audigy sound card, Geforce 3 TI200 video card I now have everything working fine including gnome desktop install.

I am attempting to install the nvidia driver, however when I compile the module I get the following error.

Your kernel was configured to include rivafb support! ▒
│ ▒
│ The rivafb driver conflicts with the NVIDIA driver, please ▒
│ reconfigure your kernel and *disable* rivafb support, then ▒
│ try installing the NVIDIA kernel module again. ▒
│ ▒
│ *** Failed rivafb sanity check. Bailing out! *** ▒
│ ▒
│ make[2]: *** [rivafb-sanity-check] Error 1 ▒
│ make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel/nv' ▒
│ make[1]: *** [build-stamp] Error 2 ▒
│ make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel' ▒
│ make: *** [kdist_image] Error 2

From what I can gather, there is a frame buffer option turned on and that is loading a module which is causing the problem.

How do I reconfigure the kernel and disable the rivafd driver so I can install the nvidia driver to my system?

I am pretty new to linux, so thanks in advance for the assistance.
Old 10-03-2004, 12:36 AM   #2
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try as root

modprobe -fr rivafb

i think its rivafb, just a guess
Old 10-03-2004, 12:39 AM   #3
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that will only temporaraly disable the module untill next boot. do a search on how to disable modules
Old 10-03-2004, 01:18 AM   #4
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lsmod | grep rivafb
if you don't get the rivafb module listed, then it isn't loaded into the kernel, and you don't need to worry.

the nvidia driver install should have gone just fine. the rivafb message was most likely just a precautionary message.

Last edited by zero79; 10-03-2004 at 01:20 AM.
Old 10-03-2004, 11:01 AM   #5
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cadj and zero79 Thanks for all your help.

I did the lsmod and saw that the module was not loaded so as you guys pointed out, it had to be another problem.

I found information from this site which helped out.

In the log file I noticed, as this site points out, that the errors were caused by not being able to find gcc-3.3. I did an apt-get install gcc-3.3 and the module then compiled. I reconfigured XF11 file and the driver loaded properly.

I do an lsmod now and can see the nvidia driver there.

Thanks again for all your help, quite a learning experience for me.
Old 10-10-2004, 11:58 PM   #6
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nvidia geforce mx 4000 pci tv out card install

i can't find 'rivafb', when checking 'lsmod' as 'su'. i have gcc 3.3.2. i also have this running off of an intel whitney 1.0 motherboard, with integrated intel i810 graphics. i have installed it in the past, but it was with a different driver... i have a copy, of which i forgot i had, till now! i don't know where i got it, but if you can't get it, ask me.

for kicks, this is output:

[root@localhost Desktop]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82810E DC-133 GMCH [Gr
aphics Memory Controller Hub] (rev 03)
00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. 82810E D
C-133 CGC [Chipset Graphics Controller] (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801AA PCI Bridge (rev
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801AA ISA Bridge (LPC
) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801AA IDE (rev 02)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801AA USB (rev 02
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801AA SMBus (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801A
A AC'97 Audio (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation:
Unknown device 0185 (rev c1)
01:01.0 Ethernet controller: Linksys Network Everywhere
Fast Ethernet 10/100 model NC100 (rev 11)

i wonder if evoking 'add-on vga card' at bios, is required? i know that windows 2000 sp 4 requires install with 'bios assigning vga irq'. i hope this helps someone!

Last edited by eightysixme; 10-11-2004 at 12:13 AM.


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