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Old 01-17-07, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default GeForce 7300 GT - Just getting started

Hey all

I am having some difficulty figuring out where to start with my new graphics card. Here is some background info:

I am running knoppmyth (a form of Debian), uname -a :

Linux mythtv 2.6.18-chw-13 #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Dec 3 23:47:01 PST 2006 i686 GNU/Linux

The following is run at rc5 related to nvidia:


Basically I just want to use the TV out functionality of the card. I am wondering if I even need to install the new drivers. I attempted to do an install and it failed (I will attach the install log below). When I do an 'apt-cache search nvidia' I see the following in the list:

nvidia-kernel-2.6.18-chw-13 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.18-chw-13

When I try to install this it says its already installed, I am wondering if this is from my failed install of the nvidia drivers.

Sorry for all the questions, I am pretty new to this so any tips would greatly appreciated.


nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Wed Jan 17 00:12:49 2007

option status:
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
precompiled interfaces : true
no ncurses color : false
query latest version : false
OpenGL header files : true
no questions : false
silent : false
no recursion : 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
no kernel module : false
force SELinux : default
no X server check : false
force tls : (not specified)
X install prefix : (not specified)
X library install path : (not specified)
X module install path : (not specified)
OpenGL install prefix : (not specified)
OpenGL install libdir : (not specified)
utility install prefix : (not specified)
utility install libdir : (not specified)
doc install prefix : (not specified)
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 : ftp://download.nvidia.com
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 (ftp://download.nvidia.com)? (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.
-> Performing CC sanity check with CC="cc".
-> Performing CC version check with CC="cc".
-> Kernel source path: '/lib/modules/2.6.18-chw-13/build'
-> Kernel output path: '/lib/modules/2.6.18-chw-13/build'
-> Performing rivafb check.
-> Performing nvidiafb check.
-> Performing Xen check.
-> Cleaning kernel module build directory.
executing: 'cd ./usr/src/nv; make clean'...
rm -f -f nv.o nv-vm.o os-agp.o os-interface.o os-registry.o nv-i2c.o nv.o nv
-vm.o os-agp.o os-interface.o os-registry.o nv-i2c.o nvidia.mod.o
rm -f -f build-in.o nv-linux.o *.d .*.{cmd,flags}
rm -f -f nvidia.{o,ko,mod.{o,c}} nv_compiler.h *~
rm -f -f stprof stprof.o symtab.h Modules.symvers
rm -f -rf .tmp_versions
rm -f Makefile
-> Building kernel module:
executing: 'cd ./usr/src/nv; make module SYSSRC=/lib/modules/2.6.18-chw-13/b
uild SYSOUT=/lib/modules/2.6.18-chw-13/build'...
sh ./conftest.sh "cc" "cc" /lib/modules/2.6.18-chw-13/build /lib/modules/2.6
.18-chw-13/build cc_sanity_check full_output
sh ./conftest.sh "cc" "cc" /lib/modules/2.6.18-chw-13/build /lib/modules/2.6
.18-chw-13/build select_makefile full_output
make --no-print-directory -f Makefile module
failed to determine PATCHLEVEL!
make[1]: *** [module] 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 www.nvidia.com.
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Old 01-17-07, 04:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: GeForce 7300 GT - Just getting started

A quick follow up.

I haven't really tried to troubleshoot the build problems yet, I was just concerned as to wether I actually need to install this new driver. Also, I noticed in the install info that i need to completely remove the nvidia-glx script. I am trying to install NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9746-pkg1.run.
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Old 01-17-07, 06:33 PM   #3
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Okay, I got the install script to work, I had to specify the kernel path to make it compile/install. I added the following to the end of the line. I guess I will give it a try and see what happens.


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Old 01-18-07, 03:46 AM   #4
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More updates. I am happy to say I finally got the new drivers working although it was a hard road. I was able to run the nvidia driver install but when i restarted X windows wouldn't start (flashed several times before quitting) and I had a driver API mismatch.

I tried to follow all the suggestions on the board here including what was in the sticky thread:

* development tools like make and gcc are installed
* the linux-headers package matching the installed Linux kernel is installed
* the pkg-config and xserver-xorg-dev packages are installed
* the nvidia-glx package has been uninstalled with the --purge option and the file /etc/init.d/nvidia-glx does not exist.

Nothing worked, so i changed the driver to load in the xorg.conf file to nv instead of nvidia and then magically XWindows would load, although it was using the wrong driver. Somewhere along this process all the myth scripts i was trying to run started having Segmentation faults. I am not sure why, i ran an strace and checked the database for errors but that is for another thread. After I got everything working with the nvidia driver this error cleared up somehow.

I am running Knoppmyth and myth tv so then I follow these exact steps (taken from the mysettopbox.tv forum)

cd /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.18-chw-13
cp -r . ../linux-source-2.6.18-chw-13

(This merges the kernel-headers with the kernel-source, since the source by itself doesn't have the configuration files that were used. )

cd /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.18-chw-13

(Run make to ensure kernel module scripts are in good shape, probably don't have to wait for it to complete)

mv /usr/bin/startx /usr/bin/startx.save

update-rc.d -f install-nvidia-debian remove
update-rc.d -f nvidia-glx remove
update-rc.d -f nvidia-kernel remove


(rename startx to prevent X from starting after reboot.)

After system comes up...

rmmod nvidia
lsmod | grep nvidia

(This will make sure the nvidia module is actually gone. The second part should return an emptry result.)

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9746-pkg1.run --kernel-source-path=/usr/src/linux

(I had to specify the kernel source path)

You will most likely get a message during the installation process that it had to make assumptions about the paths for X.org. The assumptions that it made are fine.

Once the installer is finished you should be able to safely start X back up, but don't forget to rename your startx executable.

mv /usr/bin/startx.save /usr/bin/startx

(Again thanks for most of this info goes to Scott Milliken over at mysettopbox.tv)

After I restarted i didn't have much hope but amazingly everything started right up and i saw a nice nvidia logo and desktop and i could tell right away that the new driver was working.

I hope at least some of this helps someone as i had to stumble my way through it. Now I gotta figure out why i don't get any sound.

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