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Old 01-26-2004, 08:03 AM   #1
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How to install nVidia drivers + new kernel?

hi there, i've got a problem:

i wanted to install the new nVidia driver (yes, i was root, and yes, i switched to runlevel 3) on my SuSE 8.2 system. Then it said something about "precompiled kernel not found" or "kernel source not found", can't remember (It seemed that the installer needed the kernel source to compile a driver that fits my system, right?). So, what to do now? Shall I update my kernel? And if yes, how? (i have kernel 2.4.something, i think. i don't know exactly, where can i look that up?)
Old 01-26-2004, 08:08 AM   #2
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To find out what kernel version you're running:
uname -r

For the 2.4 kernel, the binary installers from nvidia should work fine. You do need to install the kernel headers for the version you're running, however. If you compiled the kernel yourself, what's in usr/src/linux should do (I think). Otherwise, you'll need to get the headers for the precompiled kernel you're running, which depends on distro, version, etc.

If you want to upgrade to the 2.6 kernel, which I'd recommend, the nvidia drivers have to be patched and there are a bunch of other things you'll have to do. Here's a couple links to get you started:

nvidia driver compilation (debian specific, but gives the point)

kernel upgrade guide:

Old 01-26-2004, 09:58 AM   #3
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Re: How to install nVidia drivers + new kernel?

Originally posted by Jojo87
hi there, i've got a problem:

i wanted to install the new nVidia driver
Q: How do I tell if I have my kernel sources installed?

A: If you are running on a distro that uses RPM (Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE,
etc), then you can use RPM to tell you. At a shell prompt, type:

`rpm -qa | grep kernel`

and look at the output. You should see a package that corresponds
to your kernel (often named something like kernel-2.4.18-3)
and a kernel source package with the same version (often named
something like kernel-source-2.4.18-3). If none of the lines seem
to correspond to a source package, then you will probably need to
install it. If the versions listed mismatch (ex: kernel-2.4.18-10 vs.
kernel-source-2.4.18-3), then you will need to update the kernel-source
package to match the installed kernel. If you have multiple kernels
installed, you need to install the kernel-source package that
corresponds to your *running* kernel (or make sure your installed
source package matches the running kernel). You can do this by
looking at the output of 'uname -r' and matching versions.

Also, you may want to read this thread
and do some searching here in LQ. Plus, Nvidia has an excellent forum, also.
It seems that some of these commercial distros have some strange ways of
doing things, such as placement of files, and naming conventions.


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