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Old 06-10-2003, 01:37 PM   #1
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NVIDIA drivers on slackware

I am trying to install the NVIDIA driver, but i get this error message when i try to "make install" of the NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4349.

Hint: You are trying to load a module without a GPL compatible license
and it has unresolved symbols. Contact the module supplier for
assistance, only they can help you.

/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o: insmod nvidia failed
make: *** [package-install] Error 255

I am running the slackware 9 distro with the 2.4.20 kernel. i am currently running my Gforce 4 TI 4200 card with the NV generic driver.

need help!! please =)

it''s true that the NVIDIA*****.run files dont work on slack distro.?

- lax0r
Old 06-10-2003, 01:41 PM   #2
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hmmm, when i installed the nvidia drivers didnt have to make a kernel. It asks me if i would like to download one, i said whipped one up real quick and installed everything. Changed "nv" to "nvidia", made sure only glx was being loaded and not dri and thats it.
Old 06-10-2003, 01:49 PM   #3
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the script works, but you need to install your kernel source first.
go to, then to 'get slack', find a local mirror,
go to slackware-9.0 -> slackware -> k. get the source slackpack.
Old 06-10-2003, 01:50 PM   #4
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did you extract the files from the .run or run the .run file?
you should exit X, cd to the directory containing the .run and:


if that doesn't work, you can do this:

"sh --extract-only"
"cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-VERSION"
"make install"

sounds like you did the 2nd version already from your post.

Last edited by JustSlack; 06-10-2003 at 01:59 PM.
Old 06-10-2003, 05:49 PM   #5
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I don't believe the .run file works at all even WITH the kernel source...cause I installed a FULL install of slack and the .run file didn't work so neenee's reply isn't completely correct. Other people have had this same issue
Old 06-10-2003, 07:45 PM   #6
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It looks like you don't have the kernel-source installed, it's not part of the full install. The script does work(at least it did on my system) if you have the kernel-source installed.

If you have the 4 CD Slackware set, the kernel source is in CD #2 /slackware/k/

So from a command prompt.....

mount /dev/cdrom

cd /mnt/cdrom/slackware/k

sh install-packages

Of course you must be su

If you downloaded Slackware, you can get the source HERE

Then cd to the download directory


installpkg kernel-source-2.4.20-noarch-5.tgz
Old 06-10-2003, 07:45 PM   #7
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Yes it does, i just reinstalled slack today, that was the 2nd thing i did. first was the kernel source. Worked fine.

When it asks you to download, say no. It will make it all on its own and install it. Took about 45 second process.

You may have did a FULL install from the CD, but the kernel source is not on the CD. You have to get it separate.

EDIT: beat me to it


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