nvidia ti4200 on linux 2.6.0-test6 kernel
I was love-starved for two years by no gui in linux, due to nvidia driver not working with latest kernels. Tired of working in textmode on linux pc's, running to a win pc for email and browsing, I ran into this site which explains how to compile nvidia drivers for the absolute latest kernel version, which is all I use because it makes other hardware work. http://www.minion.de/nvidia.html
see next message for detail on how I used that minion.de stuff
Now I'm running 24-bit color in X, 2048x2048 and having a round-the-clock orgy of downloading and configuring gorgeous graphical apps like Mozilla Firebird and Thunderbird for browsing and email, mplayer, realplay8 with 9(One) codecs, got my ctwm Claude's Tabbed Window Manager with linux power user way-beyond-windows features like F9 key kills popups, eight ctwm virtual workspaces each 2048x2048 on 1024x768 monitor, windows autorise-on-mouseover after 800 msec delay(in case I'm just passing through), gnome bar along top with weather and stock ticker(other gnome bar iconized to disappear), ctwm's icon manager.
I've got a window in the side of my box, and twelve LED white lights, so I can look down and see my nvidia card with Zalman heat sink. Two 120cm fans, one in one out, the input fan cools the Zalman sinks with no extra fan. CPU never gets over 50c according to acpi tools, which I call after kernel compiles in scripts and after bonnie and other thrashes just to see how well one 120cm fan and Zalman copper fin cpu cooler works. Normal 39-41c, peak 49c temp.
see next message for detail that might help you with minion.de
nforce2 mboards first upgrade your bios
Before you compile nvidia drivers, you need to get rid of kernel error messages and crashing which may be happening. I spent a week with the linux kernel mailing list talking about different error messages, and then found that a bios upgrade fixed most problems. There is no kernel bug really.
I have an MSI board with nforce2 chip and 6-channel audio(no audio or usb working yet).
Definitely do a bios upgrade which you can locate through your motherboard manufacturer's site.
After bios update, then you can compile kernel 2.6.0-test6 or above with kernel options acpi, apic, local apic on, apm off, anticipatory scheduling on, deadline scheduling off. Don't put usb or audio into your first kernel, not until you get into X on nvidia.
If you did not upgrade your bios, you might not boot, you might have hard drive crashes, you might crash. Nobody needs to hear about that detail until you upgrade bios to get acpi id's into bios, fixing a lot. You might even get audio and usb working on nforce2 motherboards if you upgrade bios.
adapting nvidia driver to linux kernel 2.6
do downloads, read docs, and then these are my notes which may help you with that--
ln -s /usr/src/kernel-source-2.6.0 /usr/src/linux
tar zxf ../ Linux gz
ln -s Makefile.kbuild Makefile
make KERNDIR=/usr/src/kernel-source-2.6.0 module
cp nvidia.ko /lib..modules........video/
depmod -F System.map-2.6.0-test6 2.6.0-test6
tar -zvf was meant to be tar -xvzf
Normal 39-41c, peak 49c temp
I should have said that's with AMD XP3000+ not overclocked.
Zalman copper fins, nearby 120cm fan, power supply is outside the box under the 120cm exhaust fan, heat sinks no extra fans on four ide drives on 3ware controller, cd and cdrw. Zalman sink on nvidia with no extra fan there.
One 120cm intake fan does it all inside the box. Attaching a Coolmax 550w ps outside under the 120cm case exhaust fan, all three Coolmax fans removed.
2.6 and nv
First off you do know that you can just set your driver for X11 to nv and not nvidia to atleast get 2d support.
Also any body know some patches for 2.6.0-test7 and up for NV GLX drivers.
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