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Old 06-18-2006, 11:55 PM   #1
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Question is my graphics driver installed?

hello all.
i recently installed ubuntu dapper and one of the first things i did (at least i thought i did) was install the graphics driver for my geforce 6600le

i did a sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-kernel-common, following the instructions from to a T.

i later installed google earth beta 4, and the program launches, but i cant see anything in the window where the globe should be. i also get this error message when i launch the app:

"Google Earth is unable to identify your graphics card. This is most likely because the driver for your graphics card has not been installed." ...

so im not sure if the nvidia driver is really installed, or if google earth is just buggy, or some other problem

well im not sure where to start in solving this one so all help is appreciated!!

thanks in advance
Old 06-19-2006, 12:09 AM   #2
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i just read about it in jeremy's blog.. it says

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View Article Native Port of Google Earth Comes to Linux
by jeremy on Wed 14 Jun 2006 09:25 PM EDT

When I saw that a native port of Google Earth would be coming soon, I didn't think it would be that soon. With the help of icculus, Google has ported Earth to Linux using Qt and OpenGL. I've had a chance to download it onto a couple machine and for the most part, things seem to work OK. For the first native port ever, things look quite smooth (I'm sure icculus helped substantially). Here's hoping that the response on this port is positive enough to warrant more native ports. It's a great first step I think and an indicator of the progress Linux is making. One thing to note: at least for me, Google Earth seemed to crash almost immediately on any machine with an nVidia driver installed. After a little poking around, it seems like it doesn't like the libGL that comes with the driver ( for me). Pointing to the system version solved the problem immediately. You can do so with LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/ ./googleearth. Enjoy!



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