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Old 02-03-2005, 05:13 PM   #1
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Installing nVidia Drivers on Fedora core 3


Im having trouble installing nVidia Drivers on Fedora Core 3. After I edit the xorg.config file and reboot i get an error sayin the driver cant be found. Then it boots off of the backup file. I was in a IRC channel and they told me it didnt install properly, they didnt give me a solution becuase I left after some guy tryed screwing up my computer. How do i get it installed properly and whats the easiest way to do it.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 05:18 PM   #2
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yeah sounds like you either didn't enter the dirver name correctly - unlikley - or the installatin didn't work - much more ilkely. there is no "fix" for this per se... if it was possible to tell you what was wrong from the details you've provided, then it would have been stopped from happening... we need to know what actaully happens during the install. i blieve the installer creates a log in the same directory or provides a useful summary on screen.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 05:20 PM   #3
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When I was installing it suddenly ended so i asummed it finished. Ill look for that log, what directory does it put it in? Also Ive heard I have to install my kernel source and header files is this true? Also Ive head something about the drivers having a RPM version? Where can i find em and do they work?

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Old 02-03-2005, 06:11 PM   #4
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Try This

This is from another forum and I used it and it fixed it. The only problem I'm having now is getting the second monitor to work. Still working on that one. Good Luck.

Follow these steps.

1) a) Edit "/etc/inittab" =>

Change the id:5:initdefault to id:3:initdefault .

b) Edit "/etc/X11/Xorg.conf" => Look for the Driver "nv" change it to Driver "nvidia"

In the Module section, make sure to have: Load "glx"

Remove the following lines:
Load "dri"
Load "GLcore"

*save the following files*
*Reboot System*

2) Text Mode-Login screen. Login as root.
Change to the directory, where's the NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6629-pkg1.run file located.
Type sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6629-pkg1.run .

3) 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 (ftp://download.nvidia.com)? (Answer: No)

4) No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; this means that the installer will need to compile a new kernel interface. (Answer: OK)

5) WARNING: Your kernel was configured to include rivafb support as a loadable kernel module.
The rivafb driver conflicts with the NVIDIA driver; the NVIDIA kernel module will still be built and installed, but be aware that the NVIDIA driver will not be able to function properly if the rivafb module is loaded! (Answer: OK)

6) Wait for the Nvidia to finish the installation!

At the Text-Mode Login Screen.

a) Type modprobe nvidia.
b) Type cp -a /dev/nvidia* /etc/udev/devices
c) Type chown root.root /etc/udev/devices/nvidia*
d) Type reboot

7) At the Text-Mode Login Screen.

a) Type init 5

8) Edit the /etc/inittab => id:3:initdefault to id:5:initdefault
 
Old 02-03-2005, 06:17 PM   #5
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Thanks alot Ill try it now.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 07:52 PM   #6
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For some reason it didnt work, most of it worked, but when I was at the end at step 6. It said the directories didnt exist. step a worked but b and c didnt . Whats wrong? Ive heard its easier to install earlier versions of the driver, is this true and is it worth it?
 
Old 02-03-2005, 09:20 PM   #7
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Originally posted by computergee
For some reason it didnt work, most of it worked, but when I was at the end at step 6. It said the directories didnt exist. step a worked but b and c didnt . Whats wrong? Ive heard its easier to install earlier versions of the driver, is this true and is it worth it?
I would run through the process again. That happened to me the first time too, but being new to Linux I thought it was me. Those instructions did work for me. Oh and I have the dual monitors working now too. Here is a link to the forum I got the info from. The thread is quite extensive. Check it out.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=40622

Sorry the first try failed.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 11:22 PM   #8
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Originally posted by computergee
For some reason it didnt work, most of it worked, but when I was at the end at step 6. It said the directories didnt exist. step a worked but b and c didnt . Whats wrong? Ive heard its easier to install earlier versions of the driver, is this true and is it worth it?
Just reinstall the driver again and try once more.
Both of those steps should work fine.

@hippy- To get the two monitors to work:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6629-pkg1.run --extract-only

Enter the directory it creates and enter this into the command line:

cd usr/share/doc/
vi XF86Config.sample

There is a lot of really neat stuff in this file. I don't use dual monitor, so you are on your own from here.
(I personally backed up the xorg.conf** file myself and then just copied this example file ontop of xorg.conf. Then I edited it so that it would run correctly with my setup.)

**make sure you backup....
 
Old 02-03-2005, 11:29 PM   #9
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Originally posted by Ace07
Just reinstall the driver again and try once more.
Both of those steps should work fine.

@hippy- To get the two monitors to work:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6629-pkg1.run --extract-only

Enter the directory it creates and enter this into the command line:

cd usr/share/doc/
vi XF86Config.sample

There is a lot of really neat stuff in this file. I don't use dual monitor, so you are on your own from here.
(I personally backed up the xorg.conf** file myself and then just copied this example file ontop of xorg.conf. Then I edited it so that it would run correctly with my setup.)

**make sure you backup....
Thanks for the advice Ace.... I'll check that out, but I have the dual monitors running already. I found the error in the xorg.conf file that was causing it to fail. Thanks again.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 02:56 PM   #10
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when i try to put in

cp -a /dev/nvidia* /ect/udev/devices

it says cannot find /ect/udev/devices

I went in X and found that directory, why isnt it reading it?
 
Old 02-04-2005, 04:12 PM   #11
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wow this thread was exactly what I was looking for.. brilliant...
two questions though, before I try it myself:
1)when I go to the nVidia drivers page, they show this:

Graphics Drivers:

Linux IA32
Latest Version: 1.0-6629

Linux IA64
Latest Version: 1.0-5336

Linux AMD64
Latest Version: 1.0-6629

FreeBSD
Latest Version: 1.0-6113

nForce Drivers

Linux IA32 Drivers
Latest Version: 1.0-0292

Linux AMD64 Drivers
Latest Version: 1.0-0292

now I'm sort of lost.. It appears that in the posted step-by-step guide, 1.0-6629 was used, which seems to be either Linux IA32 or Linux AMD64, neither of which I have the slightest clue what they are.. I assume I need one of the graphics drivers, since installing a driver for my card is what I'm trying to do, but I have no idea as to what nForce drivers are... I'm a bit hesitant to just go with the one used here..

2)
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5) WARNING: Your kernel was configured to include rivafb support as a loadable kernel module.
The rivafb driver conflicts with the NVIDIA driver; the NVIDIA kernel module will still be built and installed, but be aware that the NVIDIA driver will not be able to function properly if the rivafb module is loaded! (Answer: OK)
answering ok here seems a tad risky to a newbie like me, can someone please clarify as to why we ignore the warning? (and why we don't just delete the other driver?)(or is this the problem they're fixing in step 6?)

thanks in advance from materazzi, trying to install a GeForce 4 onto FC3 with a Celeron 1700 cpu (if that matters)
 
Old 02-04-2005, 04:21 PM   #12
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Well the ones that say 64 are for the 64 bit processors. that celeron is a 32 bit so download the one with the 32 in it.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 04:49 PM   #13
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Originally posted by materazzi

answering ok here seems a tad risky to a newbie like me, can someone please clarify as to why we ignore the warning? (and why we don't just delete the other driver?)(or is this the problem they're fixing in step 6?)

thanks in advance from materazzi, trying to install a GeForce 4 onto FC3 with a Celeron 1700 cpu (if that matters)
You will have to recompile your kernel and remove the rivafb driver.

http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mj...html#kernelsrc

I personally suggest you 1) recompile your kernel, then 2) install the nvidia driver. Its much easier that way I have found.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 05:46 PM   #14
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I assume I have to do something to the kernel before recompiling it? so if
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Your kernel was configured to include rivafb support as a loadable kernel module
don't I have to get rid of that module or change the configuration?(if so, how do I do that??)
othewise what is the use of recompiling before installing the new driver?
also, just to make sure, if I follow the instructions on the linked page, that will have recompiled my kernel?

thanks for your replies btw :-)
 
Old 02-04-2005, 08:06 PM   #15
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ok i wanna know which one should i d/l......

i have an AMD64 but i installed 32-bit x86 ver of Fedora at that time ndiswrapper was only 32 bit.
 
  


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