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Old 06-25-07, 04:18 AM   #2
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Default nVidia doesn't start after upgrade in Linux


I'm working with linux FC6.
Since a long time I had installed with yum kmod-nvidia and associated with it xorg-x11-drv-nvidia.
Most of all when I receive a kernel-update, then there is also a nvidia-driver-update.

On this moment I have:
[root@pandora1 gastonv]# yum list installed | grep kernel
kernel.i686                              2.6.20-1.2952.fc6      installed
And my /etc/X11/xorg.conf shows:
Section "Device"

#       Option      "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "nvidia"
        VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
        BoardName   "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
        Option      "NvAGP" "1"
        Option      "RenderAccel" "1"
This morning I received an upgrade for:
 kmod-nvidia             i686       100.14.11-  livna             2.4 M
 xorg-x11-drv-nvidia     i386       100.14.11-1.lvn6.1  livna             4.9 M
Because of the kernel version is ok, I did make the upgrade and a reboot.
But then the X-Windows didn't start and the folowing error message appears:
Could not open the device file /dev/nvidiactl (no such file or directory)
Please, what can be the reason of this error?

Fortunately I can start Linux with a few changes:
1. in /etc/X11/xorg.conf I have to change the Driver to nv.
2. yum remove kmod-nvidia and xorg-x11-drv-nvidia.

But, for some applications, I like to have the nvidia drivers like before.
A possible solution is to wait for a new kernel update together with a new install of the corresponding nvidia-drivers. By installing them, the /etc/X11/xorg.conf will be automatically set to the Driver nvidia.
Booting correctly gives then the nVidia-Logo before the Fedora login screen.

Please, once again, what can be the reason of the above error?
Many thanks in advance,
Gaston Verhulst.
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