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Old 11-11-2003, 09:42 PM   #1
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Intalling Nvidia graphics drivers not working with Fedora


Hi, brand new, just have what I hope is a simple question: I follow the instructions for installing the nvidia linux drivers on my newly installed fedora system. I run as root, and get this message, after typing "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run"

"Unable to find the system utility `ld`; please make sure you have the
package 'binutils' installed. If you do have binutils installed,
then please check that `ld` is in your PATH."

Waht's a poor not-yet linux guru like myself supposed to do? I don't really have a full idea of what that means.
 
Old 11-11-2003, 09:53 PM   #2
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I did a search here on "Unable to find the system utility" and found these threads:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...der=descending

There is probably an answer for you in there.
 
Old 11-11-2003, 10:15 PM   #3
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Thanks, that helped! I installed a package that solved that issue. The next problem is similarly simple, I think, it tells me that it apears I'm running an X server and that I need to exit the X server for it to get installed. How do I exit The X server? It's probably the same way you do it on RedHat 9 if that helps
 
Old 11-11-2003, 10:21 PM   #4
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I did a search here on "exit the X server" and found these threads:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...der=descending

There is probably an answer for you in there.

(Do you see the pattern developing here? )
 
Old 11-13-2003, 08:57 PM   #5
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go to /etc/inittab and change 'id:5:initdefault' to 'id:3:initdefault' then restart ur computer. So that it would not enter ur X server. In there u can continue ur installation
 
Old 11-13-2003, 09:01 PM   #6
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in there if u want to enter back to ur x windows type #startx remeber change ur /etc/inittab back so that it can auto enter x windows next time after u restart it.
 
Old 11-13-2003, 10:33 PM   #7
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just hit CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE to repeatedly kill x until you get a warning message about x having crashed too many times. hit ok. do your thing installing the nvidia driver, then type startx or do a reboot. good luck.

Last edited by zero79; 11-13-2003 at 10:44 PM.
 
Old 11-14-2003, 08:51 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info. I was actually ahead of you guys. Got all that done, and learned a lot of things I never inteneded on learning. Anyhow, it still doesn't work. Here's what I've done so far:

First, I had to get an RPM package called "binutls" or something like that, for it to even start installing correctly. That got me past the first part. NExt, I ran into an issue with it not liking the fact that I wasn't installing it from within X, so yes, I found out how to use nano and edit a file from outside of X. I got outside of X fine, by editing inittab, then tried to install it. Turns out it said it didn't recognize my precompiled kernel interface, so after tons of issues trying to get the kernel update rpm installed, I finally just whiped Fedora out entirely and reinstalled, including the kernel upate packages intalled. Then, edited inttab again, installed the Nvidia driver RPM, seemed to go smoothly, then edited the XF86Config file aproprietly, (took out Load "dri" and put Driver "nvidia) etc. etc.

"Yes!" I thought. After like 6 hours of research and hurtle jumping. I ran into just about every blasted thing that happened to everyone else. And guess what? When I start X, the screen goes black and does nothing! 6 freaking hours of stupid text work, and the screen goes black and nothing to do.

This blows. Either I'm just unnaturally unlucky at this, or something like this happens every time I try to install any flavor of linux. (I've tried mandrake, suse, debian, and now fedora). I didn't even try to get Nvidia drivers working on mandrake, I was wondering why they aren't included in the first place. Same with Fedora.
 
Old 11-15-2003, 12:15 AM   #9
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if you think you now have the nvidia drivers correctly installed it may be a bios problem that causing problems. i just got done installing the nvidia driver with mandrake 9.2 and every time i tried to start x my screen would flicker and i would get the error message "No Screens Found". not sure if this is similar to your problem but you may want to check in your BIOS that PnP Operating System is disabled and also that Assign IRQ to VGA is set to yes. Evidently the NVIDIA drivers need these settings to operate correctly. Hope it helps...........
 
Old 11-23-2003, 03:33 AM   #10
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Binutils

I just download binutils @ http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/binutils .....I unzipped it but,
i don't know what to do next....how do i install this program...its giving me a hard time....in the binutils folder i type ./configure and it gives me this error checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld
./configure: line 2206: cc: command not found
*** The command 'cc -o conftest -g conftest.c' failed.
*** You must set the environment variable CC to a working compiler.


I'm stumped and i feel stupid...
 
Old 03-18-2008, 08:04 AM   #11
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binutils

saw that last thread and thought id add my two cents...

check out http://www.fedorafaq.org/#yumconf to get yum configured correctly (takes 2 seconds)

then use

yum install binutils

and

yum install gcc

or

yum install <whatever>

also

yum search <whatever> is useful too

anyways i went though this (much like the originator of this thread):

init 3 ~to kill X
su - ~to become root
cd /home/me/Download ~directory where the pkg resides
sh NVIDIA-Linux... ~to install

here i get first that i cant download something required in FTP
(why dont i have internet working at runlevel 3?)

then i get that it can't find the kernel tree, so it'll build it itself
(it's a real go-getter)

then i get that i dont have the kernel-source or kernel-devel rpm's
(can't find the right ones with yum or add/remove programs)

not sure what to do from there, gave up and went to sleep

let me know if it works out for you; just thought i pass along the yum install trick, its been useful to me

regards
 
Old 03-18-2008, 12:00 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by brisbin33 View Post

let me know if it works out for you; just thought i pass along the yum install trick, its been useful to me

regards
Just so you know, the previous poster hasn't posted on here since back in 2003.

But, the info may help out someone else who comes along.
 
Old 03-19-2008, 06:15 AM   #13
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yeah, i came across the old thread when googling a problem so i added that yum trick because if it had been there the first time i had come to it it would have saved me some grief... thanks for the heads-up though i didn't even look at the date.
 
  


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