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Old 09-13-2002, 02:12 PM   #1
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Nvidia Problems with Slackware 8.1

Hi there! I have a Problem with the NVidia Driver. with Slackware 8.0 everything worked fine. but now i get a message about a "tainted kernel", that the kernel module could not be loaded and so on. i looked at about tainted kernel modules and now i know it means that the kernel developers can not help me with that problem. has anybody had the same problems. like i said i already installed the nvidia driver and kernel modules with slackware 8.0 and everything went fine. this time i did it the same way twice but still nothing works. i can load the nvdriver module but only with a warning saying that the kernel module cannot be loaded. please help me out because i need my slackware working.
Old 09-13-2002, 03:03 PM   #2
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But the module works? I get the same warning, it's normal because the module is not part of the kernel, but from "outside" (Nvidia).
I get the same warning about tainted modules, but the module works fine, the warning is perfectly normal. If it really bothers you might be able to fix it by enabling "Set version information on all module symbols" in "loadable module support" section. But if the driver works, you can ignore the warning.
Old 09-13-2002, 05:06 PM   #3
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no, nothing is working! when i trie launch the x server it shuts down with the message that the kernel module is missing! i don`t know how to fix this because i did everything the way i did it last time when everything worked fine. i recompiled the kernel before. maybe then i missed to add something necessary? i dunno exactly! please help!
Old 09-13-2002, 05:56 PM   #4
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I had problems compiling the driver modules. An error-message, something about pcmcia-modules. But I have no pcmcia-card. I deleted the modules in /etc/lib/modules/2.4.18/pcmcia and compiled the driver again. Now it works fine.


Old 09-14-2002, 04:37 AM   #5
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Hello, I have slack 8.1 and NVidia drivers working fine. Perhaps the Kernel module is not being loaded when slack boots, and hence X can't start because the driver is not loaded. You have to explicitely tell slack to load the correct module. I put the following line at the end of my /etc/rc.d/rc.modules file:

/sbin/modprobe NVdriver

And the following line in my /etc/modules.conf file:

alias char-major-195 NVdriver

At any rate, I would check those two things, restart, and see if things work. You may want to review the instructions here for installing the nvidia drivers on linux:

Good Luck,
Old 09-14-2002, 10:21 AM   #6
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i solved the problem! like zorolowski said and like read some posts before it`s a problem with /etc/lib/modules/2.4.18/pcmcia and also with /etc/lib/modules/2.4.18/net. when i compilied the nvidia kernel again i read the error message saying something about unresolved symbols with the above mentioned files. deleted both and now the x server is working fine. but i have a lot of more questions to ask about kde 3 and some basic linux questions! thanks a lot by now.


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