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Old 03-04-2009, 05:14 AM   #1
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nvidia driver in Mandriva 2009


I'm trying to install the nvidia driver for my 8800GT card in Mandriva 2009. I'm using XFdrake to install the 177.70-2mdv2009.0 proprietary driver, but when I click on "test", I get the following error message

An error occurred:
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0):  *** Aborting ***

Try to change some parameters
In addition, I get the following error message in the shell
Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 2.6.27-server-0.rc8.2mnb (i586)
What's wrong?

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:44 AM   #2
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The nvidia drivers build a kernel module, sort of like a device driver in windows, and this isn't getting made for an unknown reason.
If you install the nvidia drivers by hand, you can get a more specific error message, or maybe it will work.
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Apparently the 177.70-2mdv2009.0 have a known issue with 2009.0. I've downloaded the latest 180.29 mandriva drivers, but I'm not sure how to install them. If I use XFdrake it still detects the default ones from the DVD installer. How do I install the new ones?
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To use that driver, you will also need dkms-nvidia-current-180.22-1mdv2009.0 and kernel-*-devel for your running kernel.

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Yes I've already gotten the former, and uprmi'ed the latter.


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