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Old 09-29-2003, 04:02 PM   #1
moodles
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nvidia kernal failure


I'm getting this error message when I try to start X:

(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***
(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
(II) UnloadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screens found


According to nvidia:

" First, you should verify that if you installed from rpm that
the rpm was built specifically for the kernel you are using.
You should also check that the module is loaded ('/sbin/lsmod');
if it is not loaded try loading it explicitly with 'insmod' or
'modprobe' (be sure to exit the X server before installing a new
kernel module). If you receive errors about unresolved symbols,
then the kernel module has most likely been built using header files
for a different kernel revision than what you are running. You can
explicitly control what kernel header files are used when building
the NVIDIA kernel module with the --kernel-include-dir option (see
`sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg1.run --advanced-options`
for details)...."

I don't really understand what to do here. I'm not sure how to check which kernels are being used. I have a feeling that lilo is trying to load the wrong kernel, but I'm not sure what the correct one should be.
 
Old 09-29-2003, 04:07 PM   #2
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You should have dl a file from NVIDIA web site witj file name NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run. Log into root navigat to where the file is and type sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run. Then follow the on-screen instructions.
 
Old 09-30-2003, 12:02 PM   #3
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That did the trick. I didn't try this before because the driver was already installed, but for some reason it needed to be re-installed.

Everything works fine now. The only difference that I've noticed is that when Mandrake is booting, the various services are displayed in non-graphic mode where they used to be displayed with Mandrake graphics. Once this is done, X starts up and I login in in graphic mode. Does anyone know how to restore the graphic mode during booting? Not really a big problem, just curious.
 
Old 10-06-2003, 11:21 PM   #4
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Go into the Mandrake Control Center, then click on Boot and choose Drakboot, once it is open ensure that Mandrake theme is chosen and that there is an X in the box by Display Theme under console. Then ensure that Bootsplash says Mandrake, and that the Lilo says Mandrake, then this should give you your graphic display once more when booting into Mandrake.
 
Old 10-14-2003, 12:52 AM   #5
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Re: nvidia kernal failure

Hey Moodles can you give a step by step instruction in how to install the nvidia drivers onto a Mandrake Linux 9.2 system?

Thanks. I have the nvidia MX440 video card and wanted to install the drivers.

Did you feel your drivers improved your graphics at all?

d-1



Quote:
Originally posted by moodles
I'm getting this error message when I try to start X:

(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***
(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
(II) UnloadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screens found


According to nvidia:

" First, you should verify that if you installed from rpm that
the rpm was built specifically for the kernel you are using.
You should also check that the module is loaded ('/sbin/lsmod');
if it is not loaded try loading it explicitly with 'insmod' or
'modprobe' (be sure to exit the X server before installing a new
kernel module). If you receive errors about unresolved symbols,
then the kernel module has most likely been built using header files
for a different kernel revision than what you are running. You can
explicitly control what kernel header files are used when building
the NVIDIA kernel module with the --kernel-include-dir option (see
`sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg1.run --advanced-options`
for details)...."

I don't really understand what to do here. I'm not sure how to check which kernels are being used. I have a feeling that lilo is trying to load the wrong kernel, but I'm not sure what the correct one should be.
 
Old 10-14-2003, 02:04 AM   #6
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Here's a how to:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ticle&artid=30

Should work with 9.2.

How's that 9.2 look by the way? Is it really different from 9.1?

 
Old 10-14-2003, 09:07 AM   #7
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Works pretty good so far. I've never had Mandrake 9.1, so I do not have that experience as a reference point. I do have Thiz-Linux up and running on my 2 computer, and the Thiz is the 7.0 version.

I had to uninstall Thiz and reload it so it could detect the newer modem I installed in it.

Thanks,

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Originally posted by dalek
Here's a how to:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ticle&artid=30

Should work with 9.2.

How's that 9.2 look by the way? Is it really different from 9.1?

 
Old 10-14-2003, 10:10 AM   #8
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Thanks for providing the information

The process appear to be very complicated. I am not very familiar with Konqueror or the editor as Kwirte. i.e. command line editer "vi"?

Do you suggest I should try to attempt anyway?

With Thiz-Linux, you would download the file then extract, then untar it and install it in the xterm, but then again, I always had problems trying to install other programs.

Please let me know....

d-1


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Originally posted by dalek
Here's a how to:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ticle&artid=30

Should work with 9.2.

How's that 9.2 look by the way? Is it really different from 9.1?

 
Old 10-14-2003, 10:59 AM   #9
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Actually the Gentoo CD uses nano for that instead of vi. It is really easy compared to vi. Command is this:

nano -w <file name>

Use the arrow keys to get around, delete to delete and the other commands are at the bottom to save and exit. Really easy.

If you follow the how to it's not that bad at all. I was actually suprised when it came up. It did take me three or four tries though. Mostly had trouble with the kernel thing.

Installing software is really easy. Just type in:

emerge -k <name of program>

Sometimes the 'k' needs to be a 'K' instead depending on if you want to load from CD or the net.

If you have Mandrake now just make you a few small partitions for Gentoo and install it from Mandrake. I bet you will like it.

Now if I can get that darn NVIDIA driver to work.

 
Old 10-14-2003, 11:09 AM   #10
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Is Gentoo another Linux distribution product? If so, how many OS (Operating systems can someone have on 1 computer?

I already have 3 or both computers.


I have Thiz-Linux and Mandrake, but on different computers.

I will attempt to install the Nvidia drivers when I get some time.

Do you feel it helped your graphics at all?

d-1

Quote:
Originally posted by dalek
Actually the Gentoo CD uses nano for that instead of vi. It is really easy compared to vi. Command is this:

nano -w <file name>

Use the arrow keys to get around, delete to delete and the other commands are at the bottom to save and exit. Really easy.

If you follow the how to it's not that bad at all. I was actually suprised when it came up. It did take me three or four tries though. Mostly had trouble with the kernel thing.

Installing software is really easy. Just type in:

emerge -k <name of program>

Sometimes the 'k' needs to be a 'K' instead depending on if you want to load from CD or the net.

If you have Mandrake now just make you a few small partitions for Gentoo and install it from Mandrake. I bet you will like it.

Now if I can get that darn NVIDIA driver to work.

 
Old 10-14-2003, 11:19 AM   #11
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It helps a good bit when you have a pretty good card. The big thing is to get it stable. Have to tweak it to get it right. I have noticed some problems with mine that may be caused by the drivers. I'm not really sure though.

There are probably dozens of distros out there. I know of 9 or 10 myself.

You can have a lot of OSs on a system. I seen where one guy claimed to have 8 on his. On one drive I think. Don't what or if there is a limit though.

Later. Time to eat a bite.

 
Old 10-14-2003, 11:46 AM   #12
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Question on Speed? Not that kind, computer spped.

I have 2 computers, an AMD Athlon XP 2400 on a albatron board, with 512 MB RAM,

My older computer has a Pentium II with 256 MB RAM.

Why is my Pentium II faster when opening up my browser on the internet on start-up?

Just to make things clearer, my Pentium 2 has a lot more programs loaded on it than the AMD Athlon.

The AMD Athlon does blow it away when opening programs and booting up than the Pentium, but why does the Pentium beat it when pulling-up the browser page on start-up to the internet?

d-1

Quote:
Originally posted by dalek
It helps a good bit when you have a pretty good card. The big thing is to get it stable. Have to tweak it to get it right. I have noticed some problems with mine that may be caused by the drivers. I'm not really sure though.

There are probably dozens of distros out there. I know of 9 or 10 myself.

You can have a lot of OSs on a system. I seen where one guy claimed to have 8 on his. On one drive I think. Don't what or if there is a limit though.

Later. Time to eat a bite.

 
Old 10-14-2003, 12:08 PM   #13
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Question Good question

Difference in the distro maybe. Might be a different version of software. There are a lot of things that can make it load faster on one compared to the other.

Don't have a answer really.

 
  


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