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Old 05-19-2004, 10:09 AM   #1
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Nvidia Driver on FC2


Ok there is a Issue installing the Nvidia Driver on FC2 first I downloaded the driver changed to root and in terminal typed "init 3" there I run sh "NVIDIA-whatever.run" and everything went fine the installation started and it got to 100% but then it starte again saying something like a "tainted kernel" but it got to 100% I belived this was wrong but anyways I searched for XF86Config to edit it and it is nowhere to be found. What can I do with te problem of the tainted kernel and the XF86Config?
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:14 AM   #2
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XF86 has been replaced by Xorg...you will find the file as /etc/X11/xorg.config and is edited the same way as the XF86config file was.

The "tainted Kernel" is a new feature of the kernel...and can be safely ignored if you know that you are doing it. It just means I think, that you have changed something...as a warning to users. In this case you intentionally "tainted" the kernel with a new video module.

It's OK...been doing this since test 1.
 
Old 05-19-2004, 12:00 PM   #3
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How did you both get the NVIDIA driver to install? My install went fine and I edited the xorg config file but when I rebooted I got a blank screen and couldn't do anything..
 
Old 05-19-2004, 12:58 PM   #4
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Here is something about Fedora Core 2. You might have the XF86.cofig file in ADDITION to the xorg.config file. If you are using the startx command from run level 3, just editing the xorg.config file does the trick. On my test machine I had the exact same problem until I found that the XF86.config file was still there! So I edited THAT one AS WELL to exactly the same thing (I know it's a pain to edit TWO files to do ONE thing) but then it worked on the boot!

Try it and see if it works...
 
Old 05-19-2004, 01:07 PM   #5
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Originally posted by Bobmeister
The "tainted Kernel" is a new feature of the kernel...and can be safely ignored if you know that you are doing it. It just means I think, that you have changed something...as a warning to users. In this case you intentionally "tainted" the kernel with a new video module.
"tainted" in this case is not because of something has changed in the kernel, but it refers binary only distribution (i.e. non GPL) .. some interesting stuff about what "tainted" really mean:

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What does it mean for a module to be tainted?
- (REG, contributed by John Levon) Some vendors distribute binary modules (i.e. modules without available source code under a free software license). As the source is not freely available, any bugs uncovered whilst such modules are loaded cannot be investigated by the kernel hackers. All problems discovered whilst such a module is loaded must be reported to the vendor of that module, not the Linux kernel hackers and the linux-kernel mailing list. The tainting scheme is used to identify bug reports from kernels with binary modules loaded: such kernels are marked as "tainted" by means of the MODULE_LICENSE tag. If a module is loaded that does not specify an approved license, the kernel is marked as tainted. The canonical list of approved license strings is in linux/include/linux/module.h. "oops" reports marked as tainted are of no use to the kernel developers and will be ignored. A warning is output when such a module is loaded. Note that you may come across module source that is under a compatible license, but does not have a suitable MODULE_LICENSE tag. If you see a warning from modprobe or insmod for a module under a compatible license, please report this bug to the maintainers of the module, so that they can add the necessary tag.
- (KO) If a symbol has been exported with EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL then it appears as unresolved for modules that do not have a GPL compatible MODULE_LICENSE string, and prints a warning. A module can also taint the kernel if you do a forced load. This bypasses the kernel/module verification checks and the result is undefined, when it breaks you get to keep the pieces.
- (KO) According to Alan Cox, a license of "BSD without advertisement clause" is not a suitable free software license. This license type allows binary only modules without source code. Any modules in the kernel tarball with this license should really be "Dual BSD/GPL".
 
Old 05-19-2004, 01:12 PM   #6
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Hey Thanks...I didn't know if I was on the right track with that....I remember reading the article in one of the magazines about this new feature...

As it stands it really doesn't matter, however it is nice that there is a warning!

Thanks for the info...I'll put that one in the files.

"tainted" is an interesting term...some sense of humor, I guess. Well, the
nvidia driver works, "tainting" or not!

Thanks
 
Old 05-19-2004, 01:22 PM   #7
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Here is something about Fedora Core 2. You might have the XF86.cofig file in ADDITION to the xorg.config file. If you are using the startx command from run level 3, just editing the xorg.config file does the trick. On my test machine I had the exact same problem until I found that the XF86.config file was still there! So I edited THAT one AS WELL to exactly the same thing (I know it's a pain to edit TWO files to do ONE thing) but then it worked on the boot!

Try it and see if it works...
Hmm I'm looking at what's in /etc/X11/ right now and all I see is xorg.conf.. Is the other config file somewhere else?
 
Old 05-19-2004, 01:31 PM   #8
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Nope, then you don't have it....this was in one of the test releases...so NOW, I'm thinking that you might have the computer probing for devices...it's been known to hang on some machines doing this on boot-up...if you are patient and WAIT for about 5 minutes, the thing will boot. However, there is an option that you can add in the same section as the driver setting like this:

Option "IngnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP, TV"

This will work if you are using a standard monitor...it will skip looking for other devices...
and you might get a normal boot-up!

Sorry about the bum steer on the other thing!
 
Old 05-19-2004, 01:38 PM   #9
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can you tell me how oyu installed your nvidia drivers???

I am haveing problems installing the drivers I cant get them to install this is where it stops

Performing cc_version_check with CC="gcc32".
-> gcc-version-check failed:

Could not compile gcc-version-check.c
 
Old 05-19-2004, 01:39 PM   #10
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Hmm just to make sure before I try this (becuase last time I tried I had to re-install fedora)... Why would installing the nvidia do that? Never did it when I had Mandrake 10.. Because at the mo its working.. I'm just trying to be careful..
 
Old 05-19-2004, 01:50 PM   #11
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I'm getting the Nvidia driver to install but after editing Xorg.conf to use "nvidia" instead of "nv" I just get a blank screen.
I read somewhere that the nvidia driver didn't work with the 2.6 kernel ?

Any solution on what may be wrong for me ? I edit the Xorg.conf, and then run startx and all I get is a black screen
 
Old 05-19-2004, 01:51 PM   #12
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I'm getting the Nvidia driver to install but after editing Xorg.conf to use "nvidia" instead of "nv" I just get a blank screen.
I read somewhere that the nvidia driver didn't work with the 2.6 kernel ?

Any solution on what may be wrong for me ? I edit the Xorg.conf, and then run startx and all I get is a black screen
That's exactly the problem I get! But I do know it's compatible with the 2.6 kernels because I had it running on Mandrake 10..
 
Old 05-19-2004, 02:28 PM   #13
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That's exactly the problem I get! But I do know it's compatible with the 2.6 kernels because I had it running on Mandrake 10..
I remember reading that the stack problem occurs on kernel 2.6.4 or 2.6.5 and above, so you might have been using an earlier version than that on Mandrake.

Last edited by THX75; 05-19-2004 at 02:30 PM.
 
Old 05-19-2004, 02:33 PM   #14
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I remember reading that the stack problem occurs on kernel 2.6.4 or 2.6.5 and above, so you might have been using an earlier version than that on Mandrake.
Oh right I see.. And yer you're right.. So am I going to have to wait for NVIDIA to update their drivers or what can I do?
 
Old 05-19-2004, 02:56 PM   #15
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You can read at http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=26745

That you need to recompile the kernel to
CONFIG_4STACKS = n ( no )
and
CONFIG_REGPARMS = n ( no )

Now, CONFIG_4STACKS doesn't exist in the kernel we have on FC2 so I assume it's just CONFIG_REGPARMS that's doing this. I'm on my way to compile the kernel now so lets see what happends.
 
  


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