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Old 02-15-2005, 03:21 PM   #1
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rivafb module- how do i stop it from loading?

I have been trying to install nvidia drivers but have run into a problem. When installing the drivers, I get a warning saying they won't work because the rivafb module is loaded.

Everything I have found on this issue says not to worry because it worked fine for these other guys since the rivafb module is not loaded and the easy way to test this is to use the lsmod command lsmod | grep rivafb

When I enter that I get the following telling me it -is- loaded.
rivafb 47300 0
vgastate 9056 1 rivafb

How do I stop it from loading so that I can install the Nvidia drivers? I have checked several mod files for rivafb to comment out the line but have not found it. I think I must be looking in the wrong place.

Old 02-15-2005, 03:51 PM   #2
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You need to recompile your kernel without the rivafb module.
Old 02-15-2005, 04:19 PM   #3
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Using 10.1 I got the same warning, but rivafb is not loaded.

Have you tried modprobe -r rivafb ?

see man modprobe for more details.

I would try and boot to runlevel 3. then Modprobe -r rivafb and then startx.

If this works then maybe inserting the modprobe command into modprobe.conf might do the trick on a permanent basis.

Please note that this is pure speculation. I am hesitant to risk my installation testing this out.
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modprobe -r rivafb worked, thank you for your help.
Old 02-15-2005, 06:21 PM   #5
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Originally posted by kinney
You need to recompile your kernel without the rivafb module.

Hmm a standard response from a "Slackhead".

Recompilation of the kernel is rarely if ever needed under Mandrake.

If a module keeps autoloading upon startup, all you need to do is check if it is being called by /etc/modprobe.conf or other such files.

Worst cass you can alias the module off, so it never gets loaded.
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In addition to /etc/modprobe.conf also check /etc/modprobe.preload

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Old 06-17-2005, 04:50 AM   #7
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well leave the slackheads alone lol. well thanks for the info.


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