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Old 12-18-2003, 10:32 PM   #1
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2.6 and NVIDIA module

I just downloaded and compiled 2.6 stable. I then patched my nvidia source with the correct patch from The patching process was fine but when I issue the 'make' command I get an error about a .ko module being invalid. What do I need to do to fix this problem? Does anyone have 2.6 working with any patched version of the 'nvidia' module?
Old 12-19-2003, 03:14 AM   #2
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Did you also follow the instructions about what version of the different programs you need?
It sounds like the osame error i hac before i vent through all the programs i the readme file.

Good luck with the driver.

I had it working, but nothing else worked for me then. (sound and network).
So i'm waiting for the official driver
Old 12-19-2003, 04:26 AM   #3
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What is the exact error message you get?
Old 12-23-2003, 07:28 PM   #4
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ERROR: Unable to load the kernel module 'nvidia.ko'. This is most likely because the kernel module was built
using the wrong kernel source files. 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.

I run debian and use make-kpkg, I have installed the source .deb's that it creates.
Old 12-23-2003, 09:29 PM   #5
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download the tar.gz source from and put that in your /usr/src directotry
then make a symbolic link called linux to linux-2.6.0 with
ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.6.0 /usr/src/linux

i don't know, but maybe it's a problem with the deb package? fresh sources shouln't have problems

try this post:

it has the exact instuctions in fairly simple terms; try following (or re-following) those directions
Old 12-26-2003, 04:02 PM   #6
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I made that symlink. Here is the error I get when I do a 'make install' instead of using the 2.6 compatible installer.

cd usr/src/nv; make install
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/graphics/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2/usr/src/nv'
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.0'
*** Warning: Overriding SUBDIRS on the command line can cause
*** inconsistencies
make[3]: `arch/i386/kernel/asm-offsets.s' is up to date.
Building modules, stage 2.
/usr/src/linux-2.6.0/scripts/Makefile.modpost:17: *** Uh-oh, you have stale module entries. Y
ou messed with SUBDIRS,
/usr/src/linux-2.6.0/scripts/Makefile.modpost:18: do not complain if something goes wrong.
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.0'
FATAL: Error inserting nvidia (/lib/modules/2.6.0111803/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.ko): Inva
lid module format
make[1]: *** [package-install] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/graphics/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2/usr/src/nv'
make: *** [kernel_module_install] Error 2

I dont know what SUBDIRS are. I am sure that I did not alter them. Unless this stuff from DMESG means something. It is produced when I try to run 'insmod nvidia.ko'

"nvidia: version magic '2.6.0 K7 gcc-3.3' should be '2.6.0111803 K7 gcc-3.3'"

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