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Old 03-12-2005, 02:53 PM   #1
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How to load Nvidia module at startup?

I upgraded my video card and drivers using 'nvidia-installer --update'. When I changed to the graphical runlevel everything worked perfectly.

But when rebooting X won't come up. I got the error line "(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!". After manually insmodding the module X works ok.

I checked the Nvidia FAQ and found the problem I had. The advice they give is : Make sure the line "alias char-major-195 nvidia" appears in your module configuration file. But the contents of /etc/modules.conf on my computer seems correct (I don't know much about modules):

probeall scsi_hostadapter ide-scsi
probeall usb-interface usb-uhci
alias eth0 8139too
above snd-via82xx snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-slot-0 snd-via82xx
alias char-major-195 nvidia

Now I don't know how to proceed, because the module doesn't load. My system does work, if I first insmod the nvidia module before I start up X, but this is hardly workable. It did work ok with my old videocard (also Nvidia).
Any clues?
Old 03-12-2005, 03:34 PM   #2
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