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Old 08-15-2003, 07:30 PM   #1
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what version?


hi. this is a little embarrassing and i am a totally newb with linux, but where do i See what version of linux i have? i mean. i know that i have redhat 8 but im gonna download drivers from nvidia and they as wich of those i have:
Linux IA32
Linux IA64
Linux AMD64
Free BSD
...
 
Old 08-15-2003, 07:35 PM   #2
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IALinux32

I don't believe RH8 runs in 64-bit processor mode, so I think you need IALinux32.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 07:38 PM   #3
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ok thanks alot, ill try that.
its so boring being a newbie. i want to know everyting directly
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:01 PM   #4
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ok. now i got another problem. when i install the .run file it says something about i need a "linker"
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:36 PM   #5
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README file?

Sorry, I have never installed nvidia drivers. If you downloaded an rpm file, you would normally either login as root or enter "su" at the prompt and give the root password, then go to the / directory, then enter "rpm -i (file.rpm)" If you downloaded a tar.gz file, you would again get logged in as root, get to the / directory, then enter, "gunzip filename.tar.gz", then "tar -xvf filename.tar". This would create a new directory named filename. You'd enter that directory, and there are normally two files, named README and INSTALL, which tell you what you need to know about the code and how to install it. It often goes something like

./configure
make
make install

But as I remember from install a modem driver before, you may need to specify things about your hardware. This should be explained in the INSTALL file.

If it is simply a binary file filename.bin, you can simply login as root again, get to wherever the accompanying explanations tell you to go, and change the permissions of the file to allow anyone to run it by typing

chmod a+x filename.bin

I hope other people, who have experience with this driver, will respond.

You can always find alot of information by simply doing a web search. I would think that entering "nvidia driver linux installation" would provie you with many informative web pages, many giving step-by-step directions.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:37 PM   #6
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You could look for your error by doing a google search for "nvidia driver linux installation error linker"
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:44 PM   #7
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oops...

Somethis has occured to me. I may have led you astray on the 32 vs. 64. This may refer to the amount of memory in your video card (64 vs. 32 MB) and not the processor. If we keep bumping you up with these responses, someone more knowledgeable is likely to comment
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:51 PM   #8
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Old 08-15-2003, 09:10 PM   #9
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You want the IA32 driver.

Which driver file did you download and how did you run it?

With Red Hat and with the latest Nvidia driver you don't need to ./configure or make or make install.

Also, you should not be in X. And be sure to read the README at the Nvidia driver download site because you'll need to edit your XF86Config file also.

There are lots of threads here about installing Nvidia drivers.

Can you cut and paste your session here?

regards...
 
Old 08-15-2003, 09:20 PM   #10
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um.. i did like this (have no idea why but i saw they wrote to do that somewere on nvidia page)

this is exactly what i wrote:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run

and this came up:

ERROR: Unable to find the system utility `ld`; please make sure you have the
package 'binutils' installed. If you do have binutils installed,
then please check that `ld` is in your PATH.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 09:27 PM   #11
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Did you get out of X first?

And again, read the readme file from the nvidia site

ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Li...496/README.txt


EDIT: Well, I never read that whole readme file.
But I searched thru there and found the important stuff to get going.

Last edited by itsjustme; 08-15-2003 at 09:34 PM.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 09:37 PM   #12
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From the README:
[1] NOTE: installation requires that you have a linker installed.
The linker, usually '/usr/bin/ld', is part of the binutils package;
please be sure you have this package installed prior to installing the
NVIDIA driver.

Did you choose not to install everything at your initial installation?
I have red hat 8 and initially installed everything. I didn't have a problem with ld.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 09:42 PM   #13
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hm.. how do i do then to not choose bla bla

I'm sorry if i should understand by now but don't.. haven't programmed much in my life and i just got linux.
 
  


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