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Old 09-16-2006, 08:25 PM   #1
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nvidia install problem

Suse 10.1

I am a total newbie so please go easy on me.
I am trying to install my Nvidia GForce 6200 and I am getting errors. I am using the directions from the Nvidia web site.
During the installation I get these errors:

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.
I select 'yes'
No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site; this means that the installer will need to complile a kernel interface for your kernel.
I select 'ok'
ERROR: the kernel header file '/lib/modules/' does not exist. The most likely reason for this is the kernel path '/lib/modules/ is incorrect. Please make sure you have installed the kernel source files for your kernel and that they are properly configured; on Red Hat Linux systems, for example, be sure you have the 'kernel-source' RPM installed. If you know the correct kernel source files are installed, you may specify the kernel source path with the '--kernel-source-path' command line option.
I select 'ok'
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions on fixing installation problems in the README on the Linux driver download page at nvidia-com
I select 'ok'
control, alt, delete to restart.

Before I started this installation I installed from 'YAST' the kernel-source files for my kernel. I tried to find the 'kernel.h' file in the above path but the path only goes as far as '/lib/modules/'. Please help.
Old 09-16-2006, 08:47 PM   #2
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if there's a kernel-headers package for SUSE, download that and see how it goes - the kernel source was not needed for me to get nvidia installed (on debian), just kernel-headers (among other things like gcc etc).
Old 09-16-2006, 09:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Lurko, I found the problem. I searched for headers but couldn't find any but because I went back and searched in YAST for kernels I found my kernel-smp was not updated with the rest of the programs. After updating, the installation went perfect and I'm enjoying 3D Linux. This was my first post. I sure hope all my posts end this way.
Thanks again, Bob


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