NVIDIA drivers won't install...
I'm just new at Linux, but I followed the advice of a friend and went for installation of the NVidia drivers from .tar files.
The distro is a RH 7.3, i followed the instructions in the README to the word, but when I rebooted the bos the X server won't start, saying "unable to initialize blah blah"
if I tried a "modprobe nvidia" it said that the module did not exist.
Before someone asks I remembered to edit the Config_4 file :)
Can someone help me please?
Thanks for your attention
Save yourself the heartache and install from the RPMs. It has worked for me on several occaisions without a hitch.
I'll try that, next
I went straight to the .tars because some friends of mine told me that the .rpms often didn't work
Actually, you may not have to. Try "modprobe NVdriver" instead of nvidia, and see if that helps ;)
I tried modprobe NVdriver. the driver in effects loads after that, but the X server won't start anyway.
So i got the .rpms and installed them. no problem everything installed properly or so it seemed.
unfortunately I had the same problem on reboot. no X.
The log file says "can't load module NVdriver. can't locate module" or something like that.
NVdriver IS in /lib/modules/(etc etc)/video, so I don't know why is this.
Where is that the system makes the connection between the module name "nvidia" I put in the XConfig file and the real file name "NVdriver"? Could it be that the system someway thinks that the module is in a different location? Or is that message a "catch-all" error?
Hope someone can help me!!
Just another question I was abuot to forget: when I compiled the drivers self-handedly, should I put myself the newly compilde NVdriver in /lib/modules/(blah blah)/video or was it done automatically by "make install"?
RPM's are better
Make sure you have made the config changes to
the XF86Config-4 file. It would also be helpful if you could paste the errors you are getting. In /var/log their are log files for almost everything.
If you are learning Redhat try to stick with rpm's and not use source. Rpm's ain't perfect but they don't have a chance if you compile everything from source.
Below are the configs specific to nvidia.
# Load "GLcore"
# Load "dri"
# no known options
Identifier "NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS (generic)"
VendorName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS (generic)"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS (generic)"
# Mode 0666
The "module name" "nvidia" that you use in XF86Config-4 isn't really a module name, it's a driver name. If you look in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers, there's an "nvidia_drv.o" file. This is what Driver "nvidia" is referencing. The actual kernel module that gets loaded, though, is called NVdriver. This isn't, BTW, coded into nvidia_drv.o, either. You have to either have it loading on every boot, or make changes to /etc/modules.conf so that it gets loaded when nvidia_drv.o tries to access it ("alias char-major-195 NVdriver" or "alias /dev/nvidia* NVdriver" should work, depending on whether you have devfs running or not).
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