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Old 12-10-2002, 12:53 PM   #1
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Failed to initialize the NVdriver kernel module! (slack 8.1)

I am having trouble istalling my nvidia geforce 2 GTS card, i have downloaded the two neccesary files:


unpacked them and compiled them as written in the readme file, i am running slackware 8.1

when i startx a long list of error messages are displayed, and the important one :
Failed to initialize the NVdriver kernel module!

i have edited the xf86config file correctly!

can anyone help me?

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Old 12-10-2002, 04:25 PM   #2
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I had the same problem but I was installing with the red hat rpm's. I'm pretty sure I got the same error message because I was using the kernel module for a different kernel version then I was running. I then compiled the .tar.gz file like you did and everything worked.

It sounds like you have the XF86config file configured correctly but the kernel module isn't working.

You may have somehow compiled the NVdriver with different kernel header files. I got this from the readme.

You can explicitly control what kernel header files
are used by building NVdriver from the NVIDIA_kernel tar file with:
'make install SYSINCLUDE=/path/to/kernel/headers'.

try using /sbin/lsmod and see if NVdriver is listed
if it's not listed try loading it with modrope

Hope any of this helps
Old 12-11-2002, 07:48 AM   #3
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thnx for the help.

But whats the path to the right kernel header files?

and nvidia module is loaded, i have runned lsmod
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the kernel headers are in
/usr/src/`uname -r`/include


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