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Old 09-22-2007, 10:08 PM   #16
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Thank you for your detailed reply,

I went to YAST > Installation Source, and deleted any refernce locations to NVIDIA.

In order to meet the prerequisites, I have to install the kernel-source
(I already have 'gcc' and 'Make' installed) so I am following the specific instructions for installing the kernel-source
When I Do the command prompt > login as SU > YAST > Software Management > F2 (Search)"Kernel-Source"

At the top:
Avail.Vers (

In the grey box at the bottom

if I hit ENTER I get the error
" This would invalidate atom:kernel-source-"
atom:kernel-source- has unfulfilled requirements

Should I follow the POSSIBLE solution of deleting the kernel-source?
(it just sounds a bit 'dangerous', this is just a library right?)

as a mock up I selected to delete the kernel-source as a possible solution > then I selected SOLVE....then I get another package dependency:
"patch:kernel-3760-0.noarch has missing dependencies"
of kernel-source == for patch:kernel-3760.noarch

Possible solutions:
[ ] keep kernel-source
[ ] delete kernel
[ ] Ignore this requirement just here

(( I didnt go through with this as I got wimpy ))
but if I were to select an option I would say DELETE ....
would this be correct?


Old 09-22-2007, 11:31 PM   #17
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Yikes! That even got me scared and I'm a zillion miles away from your computer!

Ooh, 64 bit huh? Don't know. Too much advice from me relating to a 64 bit SUSE setup wouldn't be all that accurate as I've never used a 64 bit system.

It sounds as though you already have some Kernel Source package installed. Is that because of a previous attempt when you tried installing the NVidia driver from the YaST repo? And did you uninstall with YaST the Nvidia stuff that you had installed with it?

If you didn't, even though you removed the NVidia repo you can still uninstall it. Maybe it's interfering with the fresh stuff you're trying to do now.

Did you do SAX2 (you can actually do it right from YaST Hardware Display) and change to the nv driver? If you still are using the NVidia driver, even if it's not working right, you probably can't uninstall or update the Kernel Source. The nv driver comes with xorg. Usually if you uninstall the NVidia one that had been installed with YaST then when you restart the computer SAX2 will automatically restore either nv or VESA as your video driver. I don't know whether or not the nv driver is compatible with the 64 bit system so it may chose vesa for you.

Does the Kernel Source you have installed match the version number of the Kernel you're using? If so you're all set and can just install the NVidia driver as long as you have the kernel-headers installed.

BUT!!! There are 2 versions of the NVidia driver you can download from NVidia. One is the plain x86 and the other, the one you want, is the x86-64. Make sure you use that correct installer!

It sure sounds like you have some Kernel Source installed, but you do need to ensure it's the one that matches your Kernel. And I had thought you didn't even need Kernel Source if you had the proper kernel-headers package installed. Check that out in YaST Software Management.

I don't have the Kernel Source installed on my Debian distro, only the Kernel Headers and that enables NVidia to build its Kernel Module and install the driver properly. When I used OpenSUSE 10.2 I remember only installing the kernel-headers package and not kernel-source. But that was a while back and I could be mistaken. (Sorry.)

But, again I'm not sure if it's different on 64 Bit.
Old 10-03-2007, 06:24 PM   #18
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The way I do it iz:

Install "gcc" "make" and "kernel-source".
Then add the nvidia repo.
Then run yast update.

On my boxes this always works perfect.


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