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Old 08-12-02, 08:00 AM   #1
Rob C.
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Lightbulb Unofficial nVidia HOWTO [RPM version]

I am no expert but with the help of some great people in this forum I was able to get up and running. My one complaint would be the information is spread out and possibly hard for some to find. Hopefully this general method will bring others success.

The first mistake I made was downloading the wrong NVIDIA_kernel package. Luckily nVidia created a script to help you get the proper kernel package. Download this before downloading anything else and save yourself some time.

I assume you now have the proper NVIDIA_kernel and NVIDIA_GLX files. Are you upgrading or doing a new install?

rpm -q NVIDIA_kernel

If you are upgrading you must blow out the old... nVidia reports an issue in the script that deletes files that shouldn't be if you use rpm -e so they recommend rpm -Uvh.

rpm -Uvh NVIDIA_kernel.version.rpm
rpm -e NVIDIA_GLX.version.rpm
rpm -ivh NVIDIA_GLX.version.rpm

First Install
rpm -ivh NVIDIA_kernel.version.rpm
rpm -ivh NVIDIA_GLX.version.rpm

Some may argue this step is not needed but it is what worked for me. I mainly did this step because my screen wasn't properly aligned and xvidtune wasn't helping... This should make your config more compatible so I would include this step in your install.

XFree86 -configure

It will spit out a config to /root/

***NOTE I have a USB keyboard and mouse and it didn't work with this new config so I copied the stuff from my old and added to this new config.
Delete the old configs
rm /etc/X11/XF86Config*
Then move over the new one.
mv /root/ /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
Now to edit your config.
vi /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
Edit out the following [Module section]
Load "GLcore"# OpenGL support
Load "dri"# Direct rendering infrastructure
Add the following [Module section]
Load "glx"
In the nVidia instructions it instructs you to remove some drivers and add "nvidia" as the driver. If you used the -configure command above it will all be done for you. However you can still edit your Modes and depth.

Here is an example...
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
Monitor "Envision"
DefaultDepth 16
Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768"

Ok now you are done and you can startx..
If you have problems you have a few options.
You can download another script meant to test your setup.
Check your versions
Test it out
Also you can search the forums... all this information is derived from content in these forums..

Enjoy and Good Luck!
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