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Old 12-03-2006, 08:18 PM   #1
JimBass
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kernel 2.6.19 and NVidia video cards


I just upgraded my desktop to 2.6.19, and went to install the NVIDIA drivers for my video card. It fails to build the necessary modules. Looking at the kernel archives, it seems to have something to do with the lack of an include file. I am running on an 86_64 architecture, but I suspect people running 32 bit systems will hit the same snag. I tried the newest version of the installer, which is NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8776-pkg2.run. That was made on October 16th 2006. I would suspect NVIDIA will release a new installer shortly that deals with the changes to the kernel. I can live without X for a few days with no problem on this system, but if you don't have another machine, you may want to wait on the newest of the new kernels until the folks at nvidia catch up on the new way the kernel's sources are designed.

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Old 12-03-2006, 09:00 PM   #2
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Or use the nv driver in xorg - thus getting you X without DRI.
Have you seen:
http://tinyplanet.ca/~lsorense/debia...-dri-howto.txt

... seems debian is yet another distro in which one does not want to use the official installer.
 
Old 12-03-2006, 09:38 PM   #3
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Nvidia 8776 will not build with 2.6.19, but Nvidia has released 9629 which works with the 2.6.19 kernel. There may be issues though ...
 
Old 12-03-2006, 09:49 PM   #4
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I tried 9629 immediately after 8776 failed, however 9629 is 32 bit, it starts and spits errors about the 86_64 arch immediately.

I can also start x with the open source version of nvidia, nv, but it looks like garbage. I don't have a super highend graphics card, but it is a 256 Mb pci express number, and movies and such pull a freeze frame trick under nv.

Thanks to both of you in any case.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 12-03-2006, 10:09 PM   #5
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JimBass,

The link I gave you contains 32 and 64 bit drivers ... maybe only for AMD chipsets, though. Haven't used my CPU as 64-bit yet since Slackware doesn't run on 64-bit CPUs.
 
Old 12-03-2006, 10:23 PM   #6
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Bruce,

That is strange - I missed the 64 bit version immediately. I didn't even check you link, as I still had a ssh shell open on my box, I just went back and checked which nvidia I tried, saw 9629 and figured they were one and the same.

In any case, I installed the 64 bit one, and it worked beautifully. Thanks for your help!

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 12-04-2006, 01:43 AM   #7
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You're welcome. Glad you got it working.
 
  


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