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Old 06-06-2004, 03:10 AM   #1
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Exclamation NVIDIA / x86_64 or i386 / SuSE 9.1 SOLUTION

This is in response to someone's post on another site, hopefully someone here finds it useful. Specifically, I could not get the NVIDIA driver working with custom kernels on SuSE 9.1. My solution follows:

I was having the exact same problem. On my x86_64 machine, I always use custom kernels so I can hack on them a bit, trim them down, whatever. Here's the steps I took to get it to work:

1: From SuSE default kernel, use a package from to get nvidia up and running for the stock kernel. This step (I THINK) is only important because my solution does not build GLX. Once it compiles fine, and nvidia driver gets probed, you can configure a custom kernel.

2: Before rebooting with your custom kernel, grab the file from NVIDIA's website and the x86_64 5332 diff file from Make sure you've got those in a good location since you won't have X when you use your new kernel.

3: Reboot with your new kernel and go into the directory you have the and the diff. Now just like's site states:
--> install the kernel module (as root):
# sh --extract-only
# cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-5332-pkg0
# cd usr/src/nv
# patch -p1 < ../../../../NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-5332-2.6.diff
# ln -s Makefile.kbuild Makefile
# make install

4: You shouldn't see the errors you saw previously, and even lsmod (for me) showed the nvidia module loaded. At this point, you should have the nvidia module loaded and X should work. I was runlevel 3 so switching to 5 brought me to the beautiful nvidia logo.

5: As an aside, the custom kernel you're now using does not include submount, just download the submount 0.9 tar from and build the subfs module for your new kernel.

Cheers! Hope this helps someone.
-Nick Bargnesi


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