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Old 10-03-2003, 05:46 AM   #1
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Nvidia drivers with SuSe

** I copied this post of mine from the Nvidia forum **
Hi, I just recently FTP installed the latest release of SuSe linux (I know its the latest because I FTP'ed it out of the current folder about two hours ago) and am very pleased so far with the general look and feel of SuSe and am starting to like linux too

Anyhow, like 99% of the planet, I have a nVidia videocard, (it's a Vanta, I got a GF4 in another comp that will become my linux comp once I am more used to linux, but thats a story by itself.)

Ok, I've worked as best I could without actually asking a question myself. I scanned the forum and several others before breaking down and posting here.

I gotta admit its helping me learn linux tho

Anyhow, heres what I do...

I dowloaded/installed SuSe ( I burnt the Boot ISO, configed it all up and stuff ). Good so far, then I D/L to the base directory of my non-root user name. It was home\Grins2Pain. Ok, I then do the ctrl-alt-f1 and do the sh, get the X server error, yadda yadda, learn to do the root and init 3 part of it(shutting down X, apparently). Then I find out I need the kernal source pack, which I set to download through YaST2, go get a sandwich, it's set up. Then I run the sh thing, get the error where the little bar won't even move, so I do the export IGNORE_CC_MISMATCH=yes. Then it goes a little further, THEN it says something way over my head about Nvidia.o (I have a little C++ experiance under windows, so I understand the basic idea of a compiler, source code, etc, just not the specifics of kernel compiling and linux are new to me). Anyhow, umm, I'll attach the log file thingy.

Thanks a bunch in advance from a total linux newbie.

For the LOG file, go to
(its near the bottom)
Old 10-03-2003, 05:56 AM   #2
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Did you see this:

A. SuSE Linux 9.0

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source' package with YaST2.

2) Use the nvidia installer.


3) Save the binary-part of nvidia kernel module, so the nvidia kernel
module can be re-linked during a kernel update and therefore the
nvidia driver installation will survive a future kernel update as

sh --extract-only
cp NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2/usr/src/nv/nv-kernel.o \

4) Enable 3D support with SaX2.
Old 10-03-2003, 06:03 AM   #3
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Yeah, I did what it said

I ran YaST2 and downloaded and had it set up the kernel sources and then did all the rest. As far as step 3, I didn't get that far b/c the error occurs before then.


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