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Old 08-25-05, 11:35 AM   #1
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Default Fedora Core 3/driver 7676 install problem

OK, I'll admit it. I'm a Linux noob. I'm comfortable with RPMs, but I've yet to compile my own kernel.

Earlier install attempts said there was no precompiled driver for the 2.6 kernel. (Um, why not? Hasn't 2.6 been around a while now? What's the holdup?) I downloaded kernel-2.6.12 from the RedHat site. The source appeared to be in several tarballs, which I extracted in place using the default directories in the tarballs. The path to the kernel makefile is /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/linux-2.6.12, so that's where I specified the --kernel-source-path.

The error I got is in the install log quoted below.

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 : /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/linux-2.6.12
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: Yes)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
your kernel.
-> Using the kernel source path '/usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/linux-2.6.12' as
specified by the '--kernel-source-path' commandline option.
-> Kernel source path: '/usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/linux-2.6.12'
-> Performing CC test with CC="cc".
ERROR: If you are using a Linux 2.4 kernel, please make sure
you either have configured kernel sources matching your
kernel or the correct set of kernel headers installed
on your system.

If you are using a Linux 2.6 kernel, please make sure
you have configured kernel sources matching your kernel
installed on your system. If you specified a separate
output directory using either the "KBUILD_OUTPUT" or
the "O" KBUILD parameter, make sure to specify this
directory with the SYSOUT environment variable or with
the equivalent nvidia-installer command line option.

Depending on where and how the kernel sources (or the
kernel headers) were installed, you may need to specify
their location with the SYSSRC environment variable or
the equivalent nvidia-installer command line option.
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file....

As far as I can tell, the source IS the correct version, and I didn't specify any KBUILD parameters. I thought I DID specify the kernel source location using the command line option, so I'm stuck. A forum search turned up similar problems in a previous driver version. If it's the same problem, surely it has been addressed by now.

BTW, FedEx says my new 6800 will arrive tomorrow. I'd love to have this working by then. If I have to, I'll back down to Red Hat 9, because I've seen the nVidia drivers actually work with it. But what a searing, stabbing pain in the backside that would be. (We're way past irritated frustration already. Why so many hoops to jump just to get 3D acceleration in Linux? I can't possibly be the only one having this difficulty!)

Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.
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