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Old 12-23-2004, 07:20 AM   #1
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Slackware 9.1 + nVidia GeForce 4 440MX = no joy

hi all,
I am new to slackware. I managed to install 9.1 successfully.
I have a default kernel (scsi.s) - 2.4.22 (i think). I have no time to learn how to build a new kernel - 2.6.

I am trying to install nVidia's driver, as my screen keeps refreshing (kind of blinking). I dwnloaded and tried to run
but it keeps complaining about kernel headers and the like, which I frankly do not understand.

Can some one pls help? (I do have some exp w/ FreeBSD, if it helps)

Old 12-23-2004, 07:28 AM   #2
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You have to install all kernel packages, like :

- kernel-headers
- kernel-source
- kernel-scsi
- kernel-modules

And if it persists complaining, try ./ -k 2.4.22
Old 12-24-2004, 05:18 AM   #3
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there is no kernel-scsi package...
anyways, I downloaded the 2.6.9 kernel and successfully oompiled it. (I think because I was able to boot it successfully). I can't however see how it is faster/different from 2.4.22.

Same probs with nVidia.

Old 12-24-2004, 07:10 AM   #4
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You need kernel-headers and kernel-modules...and also install this two package after install kernel source... its because glibc... if you install kernel source after using a different glibc will not work propertly...

Maybe its better try with original Slackware kernel series, 2.4.28... install kernel source, headers and modules from this series then try again NVidia...

I see many people complaining about Nvidia using kernel 2.6.9...
Old 12-24-2004, 11:56 AM   #5
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the kernel headers are in /usr/src/linux/incluode/linux after you build your kernel or if you use the included slackware kernel they will be installed for you. You probably should move these to /usr/include/linux ... careful there will already be a include /usr/include/linux there but those are for the 2.4.22 kernel you had previously.

but if your screen is flickering (annoying flashing that makes your eyes hurt) it has nothing to do with the kernel or drivers you are using but the refresh rate you are running your monitor at.

You need to find out what your monitor supports. Vertical hz and Horizontal hz

something like this in your /etc/X11/XF86Config file:
Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Toshiba"
DisplaySize 280 210
HorizSync 31.5 - 48.5 # <--------------This line
VertRefresh 50.0 - 70.0 # <--------------and this line. Dont use these they work on my monitor
Option "dpms"


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