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Old 01-31-2006, 11:18 AM   #1
skaramanger
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Question upgrading/adding kernel and nvidia driver


Greetings,

I havn't posted here often, but I do read many posts though. Searching this site hasn't offered a ready answer to my question so here goes:

Recently, I buggered up my system pretty good. I upgraded from LE 2005 to 2006. I had the nvidia driver downloaded from nvidia installed before the upgrade. That damn $#@%% nv driver is no good! The upgrade goes surprisingly smoothly. My problems began when I added the 2.6.12.15mdk kernel's 1GB and above derivatives. I added kernel source. So when I went to upgrade the nvidia driver from .7676 to the latest 8178?. I then started to get X failing to start and kernel magic numbers not matching. So after not being able to use lynx to access this site for troubleshooting purposes, I broke down and reinstall using my 2006 powerpack cds. Now I'm back up using the 2.6.12.12 kernel.

My question finally is when I upgrade to a new kernel I have 1GB of ram and would like to try the 586-1GB snf 686-up-4GB kernel as well as compile my own, will the install routine now permit the nvidia driver to be used with multiple kernels?

Whoa.. If you got this far thanks for reading.
Below is a list of my hardware and system

TIA,

Terry


[root@tbox ~]# uname -a
Linux tbox.athome.net 2.6.12-12mdk #1 Fri Sep 9 18:15:22 CEST 2005 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2700+ unknown GNU/Linux
[root@tbox ~]#
[root@tbox ~]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (different version?) (rev c1)
00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 1 (rev c1)
00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 4 (rev c1)
00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 3 (rev c1)
00:00.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 2 (rev c1)
00:00.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 5 (rev c1)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 ISA Bridge (rev a4)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce2 SMBus (MCP) (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:05.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce Audio Processing Unit (rev a2)
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (MCP) (rev a1)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 External PCI Bridge (rev a3)
00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation nForce2 IDE (rev a2)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 PCI Bridge (rev a3)
00:0d.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): nVidia Corporation nForce2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) Controller (rev a3)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (rev c1)
02:01.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3C920B-EMB Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller [Tornado] (rev 40)
03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 4000 AGP 8x] (rev c1)
[root@tbox ~]#
 
Old 01-31-2006, 12:10 PM   #2
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will the install routine now permit the nvidia driver to be used with multiple kernels?
Not as far as I am aware, If you switch kernels you will have to run the installer again. It is tied in with X11 too so it must be compiled right, there is only room for one compiled driver at a time... or summink loik that!
 
Old 01-31-2006, 02:26 PM   #3
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Thumbs up RE:nvidia and reinstalling

Tuttle,

Thanks for your reply. I just did shutdown and restart the machine after having to go run an errand. Well I selected my newly installed i686-up-4GB kernel and wahla dkms installed the module for it and I am composing this note now. Now all I have to do is check the performance with glxgears!

Thx again,

Terry

Check out this link:

http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/

Last edited by skaramanger; 01-31-2006 at 02:30 PM.
 
  


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