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Old 08-27-2005, 07:36 PM   #1
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I can't Install any NVIDIA Drivers..I am a newbie at FC2

I am a at Linux (Fedora Core 2) Operating System, and need some ones help.

I cant install any NVIDIA Drivers for Linux from the NVIDIA website. When i double click it to open the file, it says "There is no associated action with (This file)". I click sellect assotiate an action button, and it says the MIME is application/x-shellscript. It is in the Misc category as the default. What do i need to do to make it possible to install the application? Is there a certain thing i have to get? Without it, i cant play games.

Please help me out.


PS: I also have trouble with getting my iPod mounted. But if you cant help me out on the iPod thing, then just tell me that you can't. I really want to know how to execute the NVIDIA Driver file most.
Old 08-27-2005, 08:02 PM   #2
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i dont know what arch you are using but here is Nvidia's ia32 (x86) install instructions:

and more detailed instructions:

so to start it off:
Type "sh" to install the driver, then edit your X config file as appropriate

You will particularly want to review "Chapter 3. Configuring X for the NVIDIA Driver" of the Readme. I fought a few minutes with X crashing until I found their readme and made the appropriate changes. Since then its been working like a champ.

iPod: i have never used one so i wont be any help here

hope this helps
Old 08-27-2005, 08:06 PM   #3
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it's been a while, but I believe you have to install nVidia drivers from runlevel 3.

So I would open a shell and $su
enter root password
#init 3

once you are in a text environment.

#cd [directory you downloaded nVidia drivers to]

Follow the instructions.

You may want to read this first.

<edit>man, 4 minutes too slow</edit>

Last edited by mi6; 08-27-2005 at 08:07 PM.
Old 08-27-2005, 11:15 PM   #4
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if u trying to Graphics Driver in Linux u should remember two things.
1) install kernel-headers for ur kernel
u can find the kernel ur using by typing "uname -r"
2) either u type "init 3" or "/etc/init.d/(gdm or xdm or kdm ) stop
then install u r driver and read the doc file suggested at the end and make the necessary changes in the xorg.conf file this is known to work
Old 08-28-2005, 02:23 AM   #5
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You need to save it to disk, not run it! You can't install the nvidia drivers while your xserver's running!

If you have an older card, make sure you skim through the appendices in the README file to make sure your card's supported by that build before you download.

Once it's downloaded, follow mi6's advice, except you should run "sh Nvidiablahblahblah"

If it won't install for some reason, post the error messages and we'll help you figure it out.

Do some research before you change your kernel headers. Changing your headers can break your system.

Last edited by Charred; 08-28-2005 at 02:39 AM.
Old 08-28-2005, 03:07 AM   #6
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can u please explain why installing kernel headers will cause a problem??
Old 08-28-2005, 03:35 AM   #7
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Not installing, changing.
I don't fully understand the situation, but here's my take on it:
My system was compiled with 2.4.29 kernel headers, and I use the kernel with the 2.4.29 headers. If I were to have installed the headers for 2.6, then the binaries built with the 2.4 headers very likely will not be able to properly interface with the programs I compiled with the 2.6. In fact, gcc compiled with 2.4 headers might not even permit me to build with the 2.6.


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