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Re: Nvidia and Fedora 3-5



On Sun, 2006-03-26 at 14:39 -0500, Dan wrote:
> alan wrote:
> > On Thu, 23 Mar 2006, Steven Pasternak wrote:
> >
> >> Hi! I have been using Fedora since core 1, and since core 3, nvidia 
> >> has always caused a problem. I always have to jump through hoops to 
> >> get it to work. How come? On SuSE 9-10 Nvidia has never caused a 
> >> problem. It doesn't complain that the kernel module can't be built or 
> >> something weird like that. I was able to get it to work with core 5, 
> >> but I had to get a new kernel, recompile an rpm, and install a 
> >> boot-script (found out how on fedoraforums.org)!! What is up with that?
> >
> > It is a lot easier than that.  (With the exception of core 5, but I 
> > will get to that.)
> >
> > First, make sure you have kernel-devel loaded for your current kernel. 
> > ("yum install kernel-devel" should work.) You may also need xorg-sdk 
> > as well.
> >
> > Download the nVIDIA driver from www.nvidia.com. 
> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
> >
> > Next, set your default init run level to 3 in /etc/inittab and reboot. 
> > (The driver will not build if X is running.)
> >
> > Run "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8178-pkg2.run" as root. (Yeah, I know, 
> > but it needs to install modules.)  Answer the questions as you go. 
> > There is an option that will modify your xconfig for you.
> >
> > Start X with the "startx" command to test.  Should work.  When you 
> > know it works, then change /etc/inittab to default to runlevel 5.  (Or 
> > not, if you prefer having a bit more control over X loading.)
> >
> > I have not gotten the nvidia drivers working with the latest FC5 
> > kernel. (I have not tried very hard, to be honest.)  There is a symbol 
> > that does not get built.  I will have to look on nvidia's forums to 
> > see if there is a workaround.  (I assume there is.)
> >
> > Hope that helps.
> >
> Again with the exception of FC5, it is even easier than that. Simply add 
> the livna repository to yum (rpm -Uvh 
> http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release5.rpm) and yum install nvidia-glx 
> kernel-module-nvidia-`uname -r` . In FC5, cause of the kernel symbol 
> issue, these packages aren't released yet, but when the kernel is 
> updated, livna will release such packages (though I believe under a 
> different name, so as to be more compliant with Extras naming schemes).
> -Dan
> 
Yeah, but that is the binary driver from nVidia.
My comment and the problem is with the open source nv driver.

So far I am still using the vesa driver, but this should be an issue for
the open source driver maintainers to fix.


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