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Re: Google Earth

Brian Gaynor wrote:
On Thu, 2008-01-10 at 16:11 -0700, Karl Larsen wrote:
Sjoerd Mullender wrote:
On 2008-01-10 22:14, Chris Jones wrote:
This is hard to explain, but in a non-root terminal I put glxinfo | grep direct and my screen went blank, much like it does with google earth, and after a few seconds I had to reboot from init level 3!

   It appears glxinfo is not working right on my F8.
Hate to tell you, but if running glxinfo causes your machine to drop to init 3 (i.e. X dies) then your system is terminally unwell. This is not normal.

If I recall correctly you have installed the nvidia driver yourself, using the nvidia installer ? I would suggest this is screwed up.
I have seen this happen. The problem was, the nVidia GL library was overwritten by the system GL library causing a fatal (for X) incompatibility as soon as GL was touched by the X server (e.g. when running googleearth of glxinfo). This can happen when the Fedora GL library is upgraded or reinstalled after the nVidia driver was installed. This can happen when you use the nVidia installer, but not when you use a packaged RPM (I recommend freshrpms.net since it does not need to be updated when there is a kernel update).

Since A. I just got a new kernel in F7 as we write, and B. I can't can't get anything from freshrpms.net because I do not know how to. C. would a rpm there work on F7?


>From the freshrpms.net home page:

"The easiest way to install freshrpms.net packages is to click here from
within firefox, choose to open with Software Installer (the default)
then go to Add/Remove Software from the main menu, where new
applications will be available in the list."

Doesn't get much easier than that. I'm a big fan of the DKMS nvidia
module if you find you have to have the closed source driver.

- Brian

Well of course I have the Nvidia driver and have used it on about 5 or 6 new kernels with success. But I didn't know I should tell it not to update gtk stuff. I will try it tonight when this F7 comes up stupid without a good kernel driver. But this time I will make sure all we do is make a new kernel driver. See what happens as I drop back to init 3 without any GUI running.



	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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