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Old 11-21-2003, 06:53 PM   #1
Ross Clement
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Reinstalling MESA after NVIDIA

Hi. I have redhat 9 installed on a computer with nvidia Geforce 4 MX onboard graphics. I tried to install the nvidia drivers, but 3d/OpenGL has never worked.

Before trying to install the drivers, I want to get the computer running again with just the MESA software rendering. And, once I'm convinced everything is working with that, I'll try the nvidia drivers again.

But, I can't seem to clear out the NVIDIA stuff. In attempting to get the nvidia drivers working, so much has been done to my installation that I cannot just use the nvidia uninstaller.

I've downloaded MESA 5.0.2, and have compiled it on my machine. I can install properly to /usr/local/lib, but when using --prefix=/usr, most of the things install properly, but I get an error message saying that I can't.

Anyhow, at present even though I've changed

I note that there are also libraries in /usr/lib/tls, and these have not been replaced by the MESA ones. Should I just copy the equivalent libraries from /usr/lib?

Also, there are other libGL* libraries in /usr/X11R6/lib, which appear to have not been changed during the NVIDIA installation (i.e. pre-date it).

Yes, my libraries for libGL* are in a mess, and before trying to fix them further, I just want to clean the system up and get some sort of openGL working, so that I can know that if something doesn't work, that the changes I made are the cause of this.

But, the main problem seems to be that I have no libGLcore.a. I only have the NVIDIA I've tried reinstalling Mesa from the XFree86Mesa.blah.rpm, but it doesn't seem to have restored the mesa libGLcore.a.

From /var/log/XFree86.0.log I have:

(EE) [GLX]: Failed to add GLX extension (NVIDIA XFree86 driver not found)

So, it's still trying to add the NVIDIA GLX drivers.

Also, I'm not sure how to set up XFree86Config to run Mesa. Running the NVIDIA installation instructions in reverse, I change the driver back from nvidia (to ati, as I'm using an ATI card at present),

Can anyone advise?

Thanks in anticipation,

Old 11-21-2003, 08:41 PM   #2
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it seems that you didn't install the nvidia driver properly.
Old 11-22-2003, 05:08 AM   #3
Ross Clement
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Well, I tried installing the drivers many, many, times. Including more than one time where I did a from-scratch install of redhat, and then a very careful by the book installation of the nvidia drivers. I do not believe that the reason that the drivers are not working on my machine is because I just made a simple installation mistake.

I have another redhat 9 machine with onboard geforce2 graphics. The drivers installed on that machine and worked perfectly.

And, do you have any advice for making my system a clean MESA installation?




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