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Old 10-23-2004, 09:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy nvidia driver trouble installing with 2.6.9

Hey, I'm having nvidia installer trouble again!
I upgraded to 2.6.9 today. Part of this installation somehow broke the nvidia drivers, but I said ok whatever, I'll just reinstall it, after all, it's built for specific kernel source, and now I'm using a newer kernel....
'cept now the install bombs. It's not a rivafb issue anymore. The installer just can't install.
I tried running `make install` in the extracted directory, and that also didn't work, but it DID hint that I should look at output of dmesg.
Here's what is there:

nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
nvidia: Unknown symbol __VMALLOC_RESERVE

well obviously there's normally more than that, but these were the only two lines that looked relevant to the nvidia problem. that second line is repeated 14 times in total.

I haven't a clue how to fix this. Anyone out there have some suggestions?
(I'm runnign slackware 10.0, nvid driver is 6111, which is most recent to my knowledge)
Old 10-23-2004, 09:37 PM   #2
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its a known issue,

there is a .diff available if you feel like patching the kernel.
Old 10-23-2004, 09:50 PM   #3
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cool. How do I apply a .diff patch?
Old 10-23-2004, 11:21 PM   #4
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You need to add this line,


on line 44 of linux-2.6.9/arch/i386/mm/init.c and then recompile your kernel.
Old 10-24-2004, 04:35 AM   #5
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Well, as this is a problem with the NVidia driver, and not with the kernel I think it is wrong to patch the kernel to get the broken driver to work. I think it is better to patch the driver. A patched version of the NVidia driver can be found at
IMHO it is "cleaner" than altering the kernel source (that's the purpose of a vanilla kernel, not to have any patches in it) and if NVidia "officially" releases a patches driver you will have no troubles switching to it.

Old 10-24-2004, 06:52 PM   #6
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thanks, cccc828, the patched driver works fine now.


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