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Old 12-13-2002, 04:22 PM   #1
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Unhappy Can't install video driver (Nvidia/RH 8.0)

I have been following the instructions at (suggested on another, now domant, thread)

When I type rpmbuild -bb NVIDIA*
I got a lot of activity, but the result was:-

install: cannot stat 'nvidia.o' : No such file or directory
error: Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.17550 (%install)

RPM build errors:
Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.17550 (%install)
[root@localhost SPECS]#

I'm running Redhat 8.0 and using a AGP Geforce 32MB 3D Prophet NVidia 256 on a Pentium III 600Mhz system

I substituted these files:-
Which I believe are the files to use for my system

What am I doing wrong?

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Old 12-13-2002, 05:11 PM   #2
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If it were me, I would be using the tar balls. I've used them on my system and had a flawless installation. You would go download them from Nvidia, etc. If you dont know how to install with the tarballs, just get the Kernel.tar.gz and the GLX.tar.gz and extract them. Get in root and change to the directory of the kernel and type "make install" then go to the GLX and do the same, then edit the XF86Config-4/XF86Config and change the driver to "nvidia" and the load the "glx". That should do it, and hopefully it will work, though I dont have much experience with RH so I'm not absolutely that would work but it worked with Mandrake.
Old 12-13-2002, 05:58 PM   #3
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Since my posting my question I have been trying just that - following the instructions at
I downloaded the tar balls, substituting version 4191. It seemed to go alright for the first two steps, but make install came up with a mass of warnings and errors - too much to see on one screen.
I'm wondering if I have the kernel headers and kernel source on my system. I've been trying to re-install them from my source disks ... All I can find is kernel-2.4.18-14.src.rpm, but I haven't worked out what to so with it.
Old 01-12-2003, 02:29 PM   #4
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Have you looked at Nvidia's instructions? Go to the same place you on nvidia's website where you get the rpms, and the instructions should be in PDF somewhere.

Basically, you downloadm, rebuild the RPMS, install them, and then edit XF86config file (according to directions)

You had some funky rebuild instructions up there. Try this as root:
rpmbuild --rebuild NVIDIA_whatever

this should make the rpm and and put it in /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/

By the way, everytime you update the kernel, you have to go through this process all over again while your computer is running with the updated kernel.

Old 01-12-2003, 04:52 PM   #5
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Thanks, but I actually managed to sort the problem by visiting

My posts seem to have been erased now, but they sorted me out




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