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Old 09-02-2002, 03:19 AM   #1
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HOWTO install NVdriver for Red Hat 7.3

Since I had some much trouble with this I thought others might to so I am posting a solution.

When I tried to install the Nvidia Drivers I kept getting an error with modprobe NVdriver. So I downloaded the tar files and tried to do a make. It gave me missing kernel header errors (ex. fixmap.h).

So this is what I did to fix this.

I loaded up the RED HAT INSALL CD 2
I located the kernel-source rpm and installed it. I then ran up2date so that it would update the source to the same kernel I was using. After I finished doing this I had no problem installing the Nvidia drivers. So if your having problems go give this a try.
Old 09-02-2002, 06:56 PM   #2
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Thank you for posting this. I am going to rate this so that hopefully someone else having problems by not installing their kernel source files doesn't have too much hassle. Again, thanks Chaos.
Old 09-02-2002, 11:53 PM   #3
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I put the rating for this thread as well, I see a lot of posts regarding the same issue, and if anybody else knew how it is boring cut and paste the same lines over and over again.
Old 09-03-2002, 08:45 AM   #4
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I don't even have an nvidia and I could probably walk someone through it pretty easily just from reading this stuff over and over.

I "subscribed" to it, so next time, I can just pull it up that way.

Old 09-07-2002, 06:08 PM   #5
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Unhappy RH7.3 + nForce 420-D + startx = FROZEN

I've got an ASUS A7N266-E Socket A Motherboard. It has an nVidia nForce 420-D Chipset built in. I downloaded and installed Redhat 7.3. I installed Redhat with the workstation option and I selected the development package + KDE + Gnome. I installed the kernel source from the Redhat CD2. I used up2date in order to get the latest gcc and glibc-kernheaders.

I used the following to packages to make and install the nVidia drivers:

Redhat's installer (I think it is called anaconda.) created the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and I editted it by:
# Load "dri" # Commenting out this line
# Load "GLcore" # Commenting out this line
Load "glx" # making sure this one existed and it does
# Driver "nv" # commenting out this line
Driver "nvidia" # replacing it with this one

Is this part correct? I loaded the NVdriver by typing:
insmod NVdriver

I then start X by typing:
and my computer's screen becomes black. I am able to reboot my computer by hitting ctrl+alt+delete. I had similar results when I tried loading the binary rpm's.

I need help. I can be emailed directly at by anyone willing to help. I will post the solution if I ever figure it out.

My XF86Config-4 is below:

# File generated by anaconda.

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Anaconda Configured"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"

# The location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.

RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.

FontPath "unix/:7100"


Section "Module"
# Load "GLcore"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
# Load "dri"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"

# Option "AutoRepeat" "500 5"

# when using XQUEUE, comment out the above line, and uncomment the
# following line
# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"

# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"

# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbVariant" "basic"
#Option "XkbOptions" ""

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Monitor Model"
HorizSync 30-70
VertRefresh 50-160
Option "dpms"

# -- 1400x1050 --
# 1400x1050 @ 60Hz, 65.8 kHz hsync
Modeline "1400x1050" 129 1400 1464 1656 1960
1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync

# 1400x1050 @ 70Hz, 76.8 kHz hsync
Modeline "1400x1050" 151 1400 1464 1656 1960
1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync

# 1400x1050 @ 75Hz, 82.3 kHz hsync
Modeline "1400x1050" 162 1400 1464 1656 1960
1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync

# 1400x1050 @ 85Hz, 93.2 kHz hsync
Modeline "1400x1050" 184 1400 1464 1656 1960
1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync


Section "Device"
# no known options
Identifier "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
# Driver "nv"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"


Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 16

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"


Section "DRI"
Mode 0666


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