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Old 04-02-2009, 01:03 PM   #1
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Question Missing dependency when trying to install NVIDIA drivers for CENTOS5.2


I finally had a spare moment or two to kick the tires on my new CENTOS installation, so I figured I'd install the correct drivers for my graphics controller.

Output from lspci shows:
00:05.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C51 [GeForce 6150 LE] (rev a2)

so a quick google search pointed me to this:

I ran per the instructions on the site to run:
yum install nvidia-graphics169.07 nvidia-graphics169.07-kmdl-`uname -r`

however when I attempt to run it, I get the following error:
Error: Missing Dependency: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-92.1.22.el5 is needed by package nvidia-graphics169.07-kmdl-2.6.18-92.1.22.el5

a quick ls on /boot shows:

Everything looks the same, except that I'm using a PAE kernel... Is it that much of a detriment? How could I work around this?

Thanks to all!
Old 04-02-2009, 01:20 PM   #2
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When you use kmods you have to match the kernel it was built against EXACTLY, and yes that includes PAE or ANY other variation. You also need to be aware that you have to change kmods every time you change kernels. Sometimes(not always) there is a considerable lag between when a new kernel is released and when the matching kmod is release.

There is another option. DKMS packages are set up to build against the booting kernel(only once per kernel version). It only takes a couple of minutes for the process to occur. Using DKMS packages means that you can use any (recent) kernel (including custom kernels) without tracking down a matching kmod. You do have to make sure to get the matching kernel-devel package every time you get a new kernel(they are always released together). The one drawback to this method is that new driver versions are not released as often as they are with kmods. Rpmforge has the nvidia DKMS packages.


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