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Old 05-03-2004, 11:03 PM   #1
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Location: Phoenix, Arizona USA Earth.
Distribution: Mandrake Linux 10.0 CE
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Unhappy How do I install the latest Nvidia Driver

I've got Mandrake linux 10 download edition installed. Kernal 2.6, I've downloaded all of the updates through Mandrakes package update interface in KDE3. I've downloaded the latest NVIDIA IA32 Graphics driver for my PNY Verto Geforce FX 5900 Ultra 256mb Video card and as I speak it is sitting there looking pretty on my desktop.. Dopey me thought that all I would have to do is double click it and it would start an install routine. Nope.. LOL... Someone help me here. I'm new. Slowly but surely I'm getting mandrake up and running. I just want to get my powerful graphics card going now. Like a homeless man in need of god, please show me the way. LOL.. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old 05-03-2004, 11:23 PM   #2
Registered: Feb 2004
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tried reading the instuctions at the nvidia website. well to start off your gonna need the kernel source for your kernel. type uname -r in the konsole that will give you your kernel version you'll need. look on the 3rd cd if its not there you'll need to download it. once you get the kernel source install read the instuctions at the nvidia website or do a search of these forums
Old 05-04-2004, 12:26 AM   #3
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Do as Boow told you.

But first let me explain you in lame terms how this Linux packages works

When you install some packages they will not do nothing by themselves. This aplies to source packages and alike.

Installing headers or source files it only will install the compressed (.gz) file containig all the files. So you need to uncompress those files to be able to use them.

In the case of nVidia, you need to run the script with the command 'sh' (I.E. # sh NVIDIA-sumting-sumting.

once you run the nvidia script it will create and place the necesary files for the card to work nicely. But you are not done yet.

After nvidia script was ran (now the drivers are trully installed) you need to configure the x-server to use such new drivers.

I dont know the way of Mandrake but it would be along the lines of:

in my debian I do it as:
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86


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