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Old 11-29-2003, 11:26 PM   #1
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I am running Mandrake Linux 9.2. I read the faq on installing an NVIDIA video card. I went ahead and downloaded ''. I logged on as root, I went through the instructions and steps outlined in the Nvidia FAQ. I keep getting this error message though: "Unable to find the system utility 'ld'; please make sure you have the package 'binutils' installed, if you do not have binutils installed, please make sure that 'ld' is in your path." What do I have to do different to get my video card installed. How do I go about installing the package described in the error message? Thanks in advance.

Old 11-29-2003, 11:51 PM   #2
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install the binutils package with the command...

rpm -ivh binutils-xxx.rpm

binutils will be on your install disks...

inserts one of the insall disks, and do the following...

mount /dev/cdrom
cd /mnt/cdrom/
find | grep bnutils

if it finds it, then install it with rpm -ivh same as above.
if not, try install disk 2,3 .

or you can download it from
Old 11-29-2003, 11:54 PM   #3
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You can install it using your installation CD's - locate the package and as root issue
rpm -ihv /path/to/binutils-x.x.rpm
or you can get the latest off and do the same command once you downloaded required rpm. I am afraid you would need to install some more packages b/c if binutils are not installed you might as well miss a chunk of development tools that might be required for NVIDIA driver installation.
Good luck.
P.S. You can use a graphical package manager provided by Mandrake (somewhere among the system tools on your system) to install rpms, just make sure you are off X while installing NVIDIA drivers.
Old 12-01-2003, 12:02 AM   #4
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I installed binutils. I tried to install the driver again and got some new error messages. They read as follows:

'No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you like the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel from the NVIDIA ftp site ('

Then I get an error message that tells me there is a temporary DNS error and it couldn't download anything. I have tried over a span of a couple of days, and get the same error. Then I get the message:

'Unable to find kernel header files. If you know kernel header files are installed you may specify the kernel include path with the '--kernel-include-path' commandline option.'

What can I do to fix these problems? Thanks for the replies.

Old 12-01-2003, 12:35 AM   #5
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'Unable to find kernel header files. If you know kernel header files are installed you may specify the kernel include path with the '--kernel-include-path' commandline option.'

I believe its looking for kernel source. If you have the kernel source code installed someplace other than the default location you need give the path to where you put it. If you don't have kernel source installed you can install it from your install cd. I had the same problem and installing the source cured it


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