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Old 08-21-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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Problems installing nvidia drivers

I downloaded the most recent driver for my graphics card, logged in as root and executed
sh NVIDIA...blabla

All i got was errors and this is what /var/log/nvidia-installer.log says
The card is a 7800GT and I'm running opensuse 10.2

option status:
  license pre-accepted    : false
  update                  : false
  force update            : false
  expert                  : false
  uninstall               : false
  driver info             : false
  precompiled interfaces  : true
  no ncurses color        : false
  query latest version    : false
  OpenGL header files     : true
  no questions            : false
  silent                  : false
  no recursion            : false
  no backup               : false
  kernel module only      : false
  sanity                  : false
  add this kernel         : false
  no runlevel check       : false
  no network              : false
  no ABI note             : false
  no RPMs                 : false
  no kernel module        : false
  force SELinux           : default
  no X server check       : false
  force tls               : (not specified)
  force compat32 tls      : (not specified)
  X install prefix        : (not specified)
  X library install path  : (not specified)
  X module install path   : (not specified)
  OpenGL install prefix   : (not specified)
  OpenGL install libdir   : (not specified)
  compat32 install chroot : (not specified)
  compat32 install prefix : (not specified)
  compat32 install libdir : (not specified)
  utility install prefix  : (not specified)
  utility install libdir  : (not specified)
  doc install prefix      : (not specified)
  kernel name             : (not specified)
  kernel include path     : (not specified)
  kernel source path      : (not specified)
  kernel output path      : (not specified)
  kernel install path     : (not specified)
  proc mount point        : /proc
  ui                      : (not specified)
  tmpdir                  : /tmp
  ftp mirror              :
  RPM file list           : (not specified)

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you li
   ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel f
   rom the NVIDIA ftp site ( (Answer: Yes)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
   this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
   your kernel.
ERROR: The kernel header file
       '/lib/modules/' does not
       exist.  The most likely reason for this is that the kernel source path
       '/lib/modules/' is incorrect.  Please make sure
       you have installed the kernel source files for your kernel and that they
       are properly configured; on Red Hat Linux systems, for example, be sure
       you have the 'kernel-source' or 'kernel-devel' RPM installed.  If you
       know the correct kernel source files are installed, you may specify the
       kernel source path with the '--kernel-source-path' command line option.
ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file
       '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.  You may find suggestions
       on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
       driver download page at

Last edited by Alexander.s; 08-21-2007 at 09:03 AM.
Old 08-21-2007, 09:19 AM   #2
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So what's the question? Do you have the kernel headers on your system or not? If not, then install them. If so and they are not at /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build or /usr/src/linux, then pass --kernel-source-path=/path/to/headers to the install script.
Old 08-21-2007, 10:21 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

I'v tried the --kernel-source-path command still doesn't work, i found the kernel.h file by using whereis.
But i read some where about people not being able to install the nvidia drivers without the kernel source code, so I'm installing those atm.
Old 08-22-2007, 04:38 AM   #4
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Try to install the kernel-source and linux-kernel-headers packages.


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