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Old 03-04-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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Installing nVidia drivers for Xen using Fedora 8


I'm trying to configure dual monitors in Xen on my Fedora 8 box, but thus far have been unsuccessful. The only way I know of to do dual monitors requires the nVidia driver, and I can't find a way to install a version of the driver that Xen understands. I don't have the exact error I get on boot on hand, but it gives me a couple warnings that it can't find a compatible version of... I think it's nvidia.ko. In any event, it fails in the same manner Fedora did before I rewrote the xorg.conf file, namely as soon as X started, the left monitor (primary) would shut off while the right monitor would display garbage. It would not recover from this. In playing with X, I tried using an identical configuration in xorg.conf for my Fedora install, using nv rather than the proprietary nvidia driver, but that regressed back to the original failure mode. Unless I'm completely missing something, I really do need the nVidia drivers.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Edit: Versions would probably be useful. Fedora kernel is 2.6.23.15-137.fc8.i686, xen is 2.6.21-2950.fc8.i686 and the nVidia drivers are xorg-x11-drv-nvidia 169.09-6.lvn8.i386

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Old 03-05-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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At present, nvidia drivers do not support Xen. The only thing you can do is to start filling their email inbox with requests for a Xen driver.

I recall that there was something called kmod-nvidia for FC6 that supported Xen. I could be mistaken. At any rate, if you can find it, you could try compiling it for your kernel.
 
Old 03-05-2008, 03:32 PM   #3
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At present, nvidia drivers do not support Xen. The only thing you can do is to start filling their email inbox with requests for a Xen driver.

I recall that there was something called kmod-nvidia for FC6 that supported Xen. I could be mistaken. At any rate, if you can find it, you could try compiling it for your kernel.
Yes, and you can get kmod-nvidia for FC-8 here.

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Old 03-05-2008, 04:12 PM   #4
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That list of kmod-nvidia for F8 doesn't go back far enough. It goes to 2.6.22.14, while the xen kernel is 2.6.21; alas. I may have to deal with actually dual booting for a while longer, which while annoying is not the end of the world.
 
Old 03-06-2008, 06:08 AM   #5
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That list of kmod-nvidia for F8 doesn't go back far enough. It goes to 2.6.22.14, while the xen kernel is 2.6.21; alas. I may have to deal with actually dual booting for a while longer, which while annoying is not the end of the world.
why? there are alternatives that work well with less hassle then getting Xen to install - VirtualBox and/or VmPlayer (server) both come in rpm's and are free.
 
Old 03-11-2008, 05:26 PM   #6
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nvidia 169 and recent xen kernels

This evening I got working the nvidia module version 169.09 on the latest patched xen kernel (it's the official xen 2.6.18 module, but the xen patches are the same on fedora, and also the compilation errors ;-)
I don't use fedora, so I cannot test on this patch on that kernel. If you want try it..

http://downloads.tuxfamily.org/emisc...en-dirty.patch

It's a quick & dirty patch derived from the older ones that I've found googling on the net. I've not tested it too much. It works for me on x86_64 and a geforce 8400gs pci express. Agp support may work or not, I don't know.

I hope that this helps, bye,
Emilio
 
  


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