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Old 11-23-2004, 07:47 AM   #1
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nvidia drivers question


I installed the official nvidia drivers. I believe that I followed all of the instructions properly as I had no errors and everything went smoothly. I made all the proper changes to XF86Config by changing "nv" to "nvidia" and added and removed the proper lines.

The problem is that after all that, instead of booting into the GUI I'm just presented with a black screen and a command prompt.

Why didn't it boot to the GUI? Did I miss a step? What do I need to do to correct this?

Thanks!
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:07 AM   #2
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sounds like you're still booting to runlevel 3, but before you want to look at that, do the drivers work? log in and run "startx". if that works then you'll be booting to the wrong runlevel (i didn't think changing that was part of the formal install process though) and want to edit /etc/inittab and change the 3 in the line "id:3:default" (or something similar) to a 5. there'll be some option in yast for this i assume too... tha's only if X does load ok. if not your drvier probably isn't installed correctly.
 
Old 11-23-2004, 06:42 PM   #3
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After I tried it again I realized that I made a mistake in my explanation. It is booting into the GUI so that I can select Linux from the boot menu. After I select Linux it does it's normal, GUI, processing but instead of going to the screen where I can graphically log in, I am then at a text login.

I checked and
Code:
id:5:initdefault
is already set to 5.

If after I log in if I run "startx" I still don't go to the GUI. Sorry, I forgot what it said after I typed "startx"

Any ideas?

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Old 11-23-2004, 11:34 PM   #4
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Did you make sure you had the correct kernel-source package installed before you tried the Nvidia driver install? If you have the wrong source package installed it would have compiled the driver for a slighly different kernel, and since you have changed your config file to "nvidia" it will try and use the newly compiled nvidia kernel module, but it won't match your base kernel and as a result you won't be able to get into x.

Check what your kernel is and then check what kernel-source you have installed, If they don't match exactly that is your problem, if they do then it is something else.
 
Old 11-24-2004, 06:08 AM   #5
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Sorry to have to ask this, but how do I, "Check what your kernel is and then check what kernel-source you have installed."?

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Old 11-24-2004, 06:46 AM   #6
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rpm -qa | grep kernel
 
Old 11-24-2004, 06:53 AM   #7
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in a terminal as root do the following........

Code:
rpm -qa|grep kernel
that will output any rpm you have installed with the word kernel in it. if you have a kernel source installed, the output will look similar to this......

Quote:
kernel-2.6.3-7-mdk.rpm this would be your kernel
kernel-source-2.6.3-7-mdk.rpm this would be your kernel source
if it shows more than one kernel installed, do the following in terminal as root........

Code:
uname -a
that will give you your current running kernel version (& a few other tidbits of system info)

the key to installing Nvidia drivers is having a kernel source installed that matches your kernel version EXACTLY.

if you find you need a kernel source, do one of the following......

GUI method....... open Mandrake Control Center->software management->install. type kernel in the search box. choose the kernel-source from the list that matches your kernel.

CLI method.......... in terminal as root type....

Code:
urpmi kernel-source
if only one source is available, it will install. if more than once source is available, it will give you a list to choose from. again, choose the appropriate kernel-source & install it.

once you have all that straightened out, install Nvidia drivers. for help with that see the Nvidia link in my sig.

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Old 11-24-2004, 06:59 AM   #8
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I thought I just said that, but a bit more tersely!
 
Old 11-24-2004, 07:09 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by opjose
I thought I just said that, but a bit more tersely!
oops......... musta been posting at the same time

well, at least he now has the long & short of it.

otis
 
Old 11-24-2004, 08:40 AM   #10
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I was just pulling your leg...
 
Old 11-24-2004, 03:06 PM   #11
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I am having the same problem with my computer. I didnt have any Kernel-Source installed on my computer so I followed the instructions to install it. After that, I reinstalled the NVidia drivers, with no error messages. However, when I did startx, it gave me this message at the end "X10: fatal IO error 104 (connection reset by peer) on X server "0.0" after 0 requests ( 0 known processed) with 0 events remaining". Pls help thanx in advance

Last edited by sdat1333; 11-24-2004 at 03:08 PM.
 
Old 11-24-2004, 04:15 PM   #12
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sorry to add to your woes right now... problem i have is i installed correct kernel source.. done the install thing... compiled etc... change the org.conf (i know it's a link) tried kde... told no screens available, hmmm, anyway i modprobe'd the module "modprobe nvidia" the tried X again... this time nvidia splash then it doesn't refresh and kde tries to superimpose on the nvidia splash... any ideas?

Mandrake official 10.1 on kernel 2.6.8.1-12mdk
never had this issue b4... not sure changing kernel & kernel sources would change it tho (may degrade a version to test)

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Old 11-24-2004, 04:53 PM   #13
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not positive, but have a look at THIS.

otis
 
Old 11-24-2004, 04:57 PM   #14
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ok i got the fix ppl ... download the 5336 version of the drivers and install it... then change xorg.conf... works :d i'm in bzflag bliss

any 6xxx driver doesn't work.
 
Old 11-24-2004, 05:34 PM   #15
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I gave the 5336 version a try and I have the same problem: after selecting the version of Linux to boot to I end up at a command prompt.

I see this error go by real quick that says something like
init_interface of config not found
that's not exactly it but close.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
 
  


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