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Old 03-17-2004, 06:26 PM   #1
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nvidia drivers, can't find kernel module name

i am trying to install nvidia drivers on slackware.

i was gettign an error about an unknown kernel module filename, I browsed these forums for an answer and came up with the solution of running --kernel-source-path to the end of the installer. i get an error sayign that the source path is not correct.

vidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Wed Mar 17 19:17:26 2004

option status:
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
no precompiled interface: false
no ncurses color : false
query latest driver ver : false
OpenGL header files : false
no questions : false
silent : false
XFree86 install prefix : /usr/X11R6
OpenGL install prefix : /usr
Installer install prefix: /usr
kernel source path : /usr/src/linux-2.4.22/include/linux/kernel.h
kernel install path : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /tmp
ftp site :

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you li
ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel f
rom the NVIDIA ftp site ( (Answer: Yes)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
your kernel.
-> Using the kernel source path '/usr/src/linux-2.4.22/include/linux/kernel.h'
as specified by the '--kernel-source-path' commandline option.
ERROR: The kernel source path '/usr/src/linux-2.4.22/include/linux/kernel.h'
does not exist. 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.
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file
'/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions
on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
driver download page at

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?
Old 03-17-2004, 06:40 PM   #2
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have you got the kernel source on your computer?

The kernel comes in two forms, the binary for your computer and the source code make sure you have the kernel source, you can get it off your installation CDs.
Old 03-17-2004, 06:46 PM   #3
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yeah i installed the source code
Old 03-29-2004, 11:56 AM   #4
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have same problem(although I'm on Debian) with new kernel 2.6.4 and newely downloaded Nvidia drivers which should be compatible with 2.6.x kernels although it couldn't find this path and I don't really understand where I should use this path and how to make it work... any suggestions?


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