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Old 10-22-06, 02:36 AM   #1
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Unhappy Installation Error


I am an absolute novice wrt Linux. The instruction says to "recompile kernel interface" ... but sadly I do not know what it means.

I have recd the following error message:

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Thu Aug 4 07:26:52 2005

option status:
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
no precompiled interface: false
no ncurses color : false
query latest driver ver : false
OpenGL header files : true
no questions : false
silent : 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
force tls : (not specified)
force compat32 tls : (not specified)
X install prefix : /usr/X11R6
OpenGL install prefix : /usr
compat32 install prefix : (not specified)
installer install prefix: /usr
utility install prefix : /usr
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: No)
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; this means
that the installer will need to compile a new kernel interface.
-> Kernel source path: '/lib/modules/2.4.2-2/build'
-> Performing CC test with CC="cc".
-> Performing rivafb check.
-> Cleaning kernel module build directory.
executing: 'cd ./usr/src/nv; make clean'...
rm -f nv.o nv-vm.o os-agp.o os-interface.o os-registry.o nv-linux.o nv_comp
iler.h *.d NVdriver nvidia.o
-> Building kernel module:
executing: 'cd ./usr/src/nv; make module SYSSRC=/lib/modules/2.4.2-2/build S
echo \#define NV_COMPILER \"`cc -v 2>&1 | tail -n 1`\" > nv_compiler.h
cc -c -Wall -Wimplicit -Wreturn-type -Wswitch -Wformat -Wchar-subscripts -Wp
arentheses -Wpointer-arith -Wno-multichar -Werror -O -fno-common -UDEBUG -
-I. -I/lib/modules/2.4.2-2/build/include -Wsign-compare -Wno-cast-qual -Wno-
error nv.c
In file included from /lib/modules/2.4.2-2/build/include/linux/vmalloc.h:7,
from nv-linux.h:56,
from nv.c:14:
/lib/modules/2.4.2-2/build/include/linux/highmem.h: In function `bh_kmap':
/lib/modules/2.4.2-2/build/include/linux/highmem.h:21: warning: pointer of t
ype `void *' used in arithmetic
nv.c: In function `nv_kern_apm_event':
nv.c:2178: `PM_SAVE_STATE' undeclared (first use in this function)
nv.c:2178: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
nv.c:2178: for each function it appears in.)
make[1]: *** [nv.o] Error 1
make: *** [module] Error 2
-> Error.
ERROR: Unable to build the NVIDIA kernel module.
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

I have a feeling that it may be something very simple. Could any one of you provide me a step by step method to install the driver?

I am using Red Hat Linux. Please feel free to ask me any details you wish to know. However it would be better if you also let me know how to obtain the information :-)
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