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Old 08-24-2006, 06:22 PM   #1
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Having trouble installing NVIDIA updates in Mandriva 2006.0 powerpack

Hey there
I am not sure if this has been posted before, but if it has, I am sorry!
Ok. I am running Mandriva Powerpack 2006.0, and have an Nvidia chipset videocard.
I want to install the latest, updated drivers for it, but seem to be having all sorts of troubles.
I manage to bypass booting to x (by setting default runlevel to 3, and then back again to 5 when finished) and thats cool. I manage to get to the location where I downloaded the file to, and run the shell script, but, after a while, it tells me that it is missing some files.
It mentions kernel.h and kernel-source RPM's, and goes no further with the installation.
I am as confused as all hell about this, and not quite sure where to go from there.
Just to go a bit further into this, I recently (as in yesterday/day before) updated my entire installation (all 800mb+) worth of updates, so I am assuming that part of that would have been the kernel source packages (as I saw them ticked in the list of updates to be installed).

Should I try and persevere with this method of installation, or should I resort to editing the conf file manually with the instructions that come in the README package (from NVIDIA)??

I am hoping you are able to help. Thanks in advance!!!
Old 08-25-2006, 08:48 AM   #2
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This happened to me too a while ago. You need to have an installed and configured kernel source tree - that's what the NVidia install script is complaining about.

I -never- use automatic updates (for some good reasons) so what I did was to download the kernel version that I wanted to use, unpack and configure the source, compile and install the kernel. Then, in runlevel 3, I installed the NVidia driver for my GeForce 6800LE by referring to the path where the configured kernel source was located. Here's the notes I made to my self (I use a kernel, not 2.6.12 as indicated):

Install the NVidia driver for 2.6.12 kernel:

1. Unpack the kernel in /usr/src/linux
2. Make clean
3. Make mrproper
4. Make menuconfig (just exit and select to save parameters)
5. Configure to tase
6. Make all
7. Make modules_install
8. Make install.

Install the NVidia driver by running it with

after rebooting into the new kernel.

Maybe (since you say you marked kernel packages to be updated) you already -have- the kernel source -somewhere- on your system (nobody knows where - THAT'S one reason not to -ever- use any form of Microsoft-like "auto update" cr*p) - all you need to do is to point the NVidia driver install script to it??
Old 08-25-2006, 09:13 PM   #3
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Thank you Rylan
I shall take this on board and see how we go!


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