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Old 03-12-2002, 07:48 AM   #1
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Strange RPM Error

I'm new to linux and I encountered a strange error when trying to use RPM. I'm been having trouble installing nvidia drivers. At first I successfully installed the RPM and have been using it for a couple of days. Now I want to uninstall it back to the default in Red Hat 7.2 (because I think it's been freezing my computer). But when I try to remove it, it says:

rpm -e NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2802.rh72up.i686.rpm
error: package NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2802.rh72up.i686.rpm is not installed

But when I try to reinstall or update it, I get this message:

rpm -vih NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2802.rh72up.i686.rpm
Preparing... ########################################### [100%]
package NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2802.rh72up is already installed

Then I checked the installed packages and found this entry in the list:
rpm -qa

Does anyone know why this is happening? RPM seems to be contradicting itself. Thanks in advance!

Old 03-12-2002, 07:54 AM   #2
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it's not an error, you are simply usign rpm wrongly. you can see for yourself that the package registered in the database is


and NOT


that's why it says it is not installed, cos the rpm is just a file containing the package, not the package itself....

rpm -e NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2802.rh72up

btw. i recommend installing from tar.gz instead tho, esp if you think it has been crashing

additionally, to use the standard shipped nvidia driver, just edit /etc/X11/XF86Config and change

driver "nvidia"
driver "nv"

i'd not be that sure that the driver has ever been used, as i don't know quite what the pm will do, normally you DO need to manually edit the files.
Old 03-12-2002, 08:03 AM   #3
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I actually just realized my dumb mistake and was about to update this post. But I did change my XF86Config-4 to use the nvidia instead of nv driver. I'm trying to figure out if my computer is crashing because of a CPU or Video problem. Thanks for the heads up tho!


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