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Old 03-20-2005, 01:33 PM   #1
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Slackware Audio: Can't install Nforce drivers

I'm having trouble installing the nForce driver for my onboard sound. My mobo is an Asus A7N8X-X.

below is the output of /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (different version?) (rev c1)
00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 0 (rev c1)
00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 4 (rev c1)
00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 3 (rev c1)
00:00.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 2 (rev c1)
00:00.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 5 (rev c1)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 ISA Bridge (rev a4)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce2 SMBus (MCP) (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Ethernet Controller (rev a1)
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (MCP) (rev a1)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 External PCI Bridge (rev a3)
00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation nForce2 IDE (rev a2)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (rev c1)
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV31 [GeForce FX 5600] (rev a1)

I am using Slackware 10.1, kernel 2.4.29

After trying to install the latest nForce driver from (and I only selected the audio driver, my network is already configured), I got an error.

below is the output of the nvidia-nforce log from /var/log
nforce-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-nforce-installer.log'
creation time: Sat Mar 19 20:39:22 2005

option status:
license pre-accepted : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
no precompiled interface : false
no ncurses color : false
no questions : false
silent : false
Installer install prefix : /usr
kernel source path : (not specified)
net kernel install path : (not specified)
audio kernel install path : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /tmp

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> Found package NVIDIA network driver for Linux-x86
-> Found package NVIDIA audio driver for Linux-x86
-> Please select packages for installation:
NVIDIA audio driver for Linux-x86 (1.0-2)
-> Starting install of NVIDIA audio driver for Linux-x86
-> Checking for loaded module nvsound
-> Checking for loaded module nvaudio
-> License accepted.
-> Skipping check for conflicting rpms.
-> /proc/version is Linux version 2.4.29 (root@midas) (gcc version 3.3.4) #6
Thu Jan 20 16:30:37 PST 2005
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; this means
that the installer will need to compile a new kernel interface.
-> Kernel source path: '/lib/modules/2.4.29/build'
-> Kernel output path: '/lib/modules/2.4.29/build'
-> Performing cc_version_check with CC="cc".
-> running command /bin/grep "^PATCHLEVEL =" /lib/modules/2.4.29/build/Makefile
| /bin/cut -d " " -f 3
-> Kernel module filename is nvsound.o
Cleaning kernel module build directory.
executing: 'cd ./nvsound/main; make clean'...
rm -f nv*.o *~ core
-> Building kernel module:
executing: 'cd ./nvsound/main; make module SYSSRC=/lib/modules/2.4.29/build
cc -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs -O2 -fno-strict-aliasing -fno-co
mmon -fomit-frame-pointer -I/lib/modules/2.4.29/build/include -O -mpreferre
d-stack-boundary=2 -march=i686 -D__KERNEL__ -DMODULE -DLINUX -I. -DMODV
ERSIONS -include /lib/modules/2.4.29/build/include/linux/modversions.h -c
-o nvmain.o nvmain.c
cc -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs -O2 -fno-strict-aliasing -fno-co
mmon -fomit-frame-pointer -I/lib/modules/2.4.29/build/include -O -mpreferre
d-stack-boundary=2 -march=i686 -D__KERNEL__ -DMODULE -DLINUX -I. -DMODV
ERSIONS -include /lib/modules/2.4.29/build/include/linux/modversions.h -c
-o nvmixer.o nvmixer.c
cc -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs -O2 -fno-strict-aliasing -fno-co
mmon -fomit-frame-pointer -I/lib/modules/2.4.29/build/include -O -mpreferre
d-stack-boundary=2 -march=i686 -D__KERNEL__ -DMODULE -DLINUX -I. -DMODV
ERSIONS -include /lib/modules/2.4.29/build/include/linux/modversions.h -c
-o nvalinux.o nvalinux.c
ld -r -o nvsoundif.o nvmain.o nvmixer.o nvalinux.o
ld -r -o nvsound.o nvsoundif.o mcpmain.o
-> done.
-> Kernel module compilation complete.
-> Testing kernel module:
-> Copying test module ./nvsound/main/nvsound.o to
ERROR: Unable to load the kernel module 'nvsound.o'. This is most likely
because the kernel module was built using the wrong kernel source files.
Please make sure you have installed the kernel source files for your
kernel; 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' commandline option.
-> Kernel module load error: Warning: loading
/lib/modules/2.4.29/kernel/drivers/sound/nvsound.o will taint the kernel: no
See for information about tainted
/lib/modules/2.4.29/kernel/drivers/sound/nvsound.o: init_module: No such
/lib/modules/2.4.29/kernel/drivers/sound/nvsound.o: Hint: insmod errors can
be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ
You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
/lib/modules/2.4.29/kernel/drivers/sound/nvsound.o: insmod
/lib/modules/2.4.29/kernel/drivers/sound/nvsound.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.29/kernel/drivers/sound/nvsound.o: insmod nvsound failed
-> Testing completed.
ERROR: Installation of the audio driver has failed. Please see the file
'/var/log/nvidia-nforce-installer.log' for details. You may find
suggestions on fixing installation problems in the README available on
the Linux driver download page at

I think my problem stems from 'no precompiled interface', although I'm not exactly sure what that means.
Any help is greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance.
-Dave Crist
Old 03-20-2005, 02:44 PM   #2
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I have a nForce2 motherboard also and from what I found out they "corrected" the problem when they released the latest 2.6 kernel, 2.6.11.

I saw a new 2.4.* kernel release. You might want to check it out. 2.4.30 if I remember correctly.


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