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Old 02-14-2005, 09:32 AM   #1
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help installing nvidia drivers for SuSE

I have searched all over for help on this, there is a ton of info out there, but none that seems to provide a solution.

So far, this is where I stand...

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source', 'make' and 'gcc' packages with YaST2.
Update it - if not already done - via YaST2 Online Update (YOU).
2) I log in as a root user
3) I shut down X server, by typing init 3
4) sh
5) when this ? appears,
No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you like the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel from the NVIDIA ftp site ( (Answer: NO).
6) No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; this means that the installer will need to compile a new kernel interface. (Answer: OK)

Then I get the following error...

ERROR: The kernel header file 'lib/modules/2.6.5-7.145-default/build/include/linux/kernel.h' does not exist. The most likely reason for this is that the kernel source path 'lib/modules/2.6.5-7.145-default/build/ is incorrect. Please make sure you have installed the kernel source files for your kernel; If you know the correct kernel source files are installed, you may specify the kernel source path with the '--kernel-source-path' commandline option.

Can anyone help me out here, Not sure what to do next, and I definitely don't want to give up...Thanks
Old 02-14-2005, 10:04 AM   #2
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Suse has it's own official nvidia drivers. Try installing those using yast.
Old 02-14-2005, 10:11 AM   #3
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Before running the NVidia script try the following.

In a terminal as root or after 3):

cd /usr/src/linux
make cloneconfig
make prepare-all

Your errors at 5) and 6) are normal for Suse.

From experience with Suse 9.1 and 9.2 I find that Yast is not reliable for installing NVidia drivers.
Old 02-14-2005, 03:43 PM   #4
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I configured my nvidia drivers for 9.2 using YOU, it is the bas way if you have descent Internet access




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