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Old 02-17-2003, 01:47 PM   #1
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RH8.0 and nvidia drivers not working

I have run a few linux boxes on and off for several years now. Most of them were p-133 ftp and http servers, never needing anything more than the shell. Now i am wanting to use linux as my primary OS, for imaging, office, and things of the sort... only i have a problem.

Here's how it started. I upgraded my computer to a dual 1 ghz intel, with a geforce mx video card. I also downloaded RH8.0 and I was on my way. After the install, i have very few problems. I started getting X setup, and finally to the point where i had time to play a game of 'tux racer'. I quickly found that the frame rate was way below 10 fps. I also found that any other game that tried to use the hardware video acceleration failed miseribly.

Thats when i downloaded nvidia's video drivers. The GLX and the kernel module. I has upgraded to kernel 2.4.18-18.8.0 so i got the appropriate driver. Upon installation, the X server no longer loaded.

I will get the exact error message later, but it was to the effect of... 2 lib files unresolved, and an error 11 caught... I am ususally run through a few text-based blue screen with text and windows that say they are trying to get x to run again... they always fail.

What am I doing wrong?

Please let me know if there is any information you need.

Old 02-17-2003, 02:07 PM   #2
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Did you edit /etc/X11/XF86Config (or XF86Config-4) as per the instructions on the download page?

nVidia Driver Installation NHF
nVidia driver page
Old 02-17-2003, 02:20 PM   #3
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This is one of the top 10 most asked linux questions. I would suggest that you do a search of the board and you will prob find your answer.

A few things, did you download and run This will tell you what kernel update and driver to download. Also, my guess is that you didn't read the readme on the nvidia site. It actually does give good instructions on how to get the everything configured.

Give these things a try. And in the words of my old linux message board moderator- search first, ask questions second.
Old 02-24-2003, 02:55 PM   #4
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I am terribly sorry. I feel stupid now. I see what you mean about it being a common problem, but I was going out with th assumption that it was an error of some sort. Thanks.

I have more questions. It SEEMS that I have 3d accel working, but I never had to modprobe any modules. Should I have to do that everytime??

Old 02-24-2003, 03:12 PM   #5
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See the article Loading Linux Modules for an explanation.

The Rute guide is good for everything Linux.

See the file /etc/modules.conf for modules auto loaded. Here is mine:
alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc
alias eth0 8139too
alias usb-controller usb-uhci
alias sound-slot-0 emu10k1
post-install sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
pre-remove sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
You can also load them by putting the loading command in the last script that is run on your distro's bootup.

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