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Old 06-03-03, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Can nVidia drivers be installed for multiple kernels simultaneously?

I have several kernels installed on my RH8.0 system which I alternate between under grub.

I would like to install the nVidia drivers as modules under each of my kernels.

However, whenever I install the nVidia driver under one kernel, it automatically erases it under my previous kernels.

I never used to have this problem under the rpm method, since you could always use the "i" option to install multiple versions with each driver being installed in the appropriate modules-2.4.xx directory.

So, is it possible to have nVidia work under multiple kernels without having to always recompile/reinstall the nVidia driver each time.

Whenever I use the new nVidia installer, it s
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Old 06-04-03, 08:36 PM   #2
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http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...ltiple+kernels

I seem to remember some other threads where this has been discussed, but I can't seem to find them anymore.

Read that thread, but in short, yes you can do it, but no, you can't only run the installer -- you have to do more work than that.
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you could write a small script that calls `sh nvidiadrivers.run`and put it in ur rc.local file. the running of the script is so quick it would probably only delay the bootup a second or two.
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Thanks...
But I would think that the right and easy answer would be for nVidia to add an option that doesn't erase the old installation (sort of like rpm -ivh vs. rpm -Uvh).
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What's wrong with extracting and building it yourself?

That's what that other thread is talking about...
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> What's wrong with extracting and building it yourself?
> That's what that other thread is talking about...

Well, the whole purpose of the new installer is to make things easier and avoid having to do your own extraction and compiles.

It certainly wouldn't be hard for nVidia to add a switch that would prevent erasure of old installations.
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Ah. True, it wouldn't.

I think they were saying (at least Andy Mecham was) that they welcomed patches to the installer. The source is available for it, too -- look around on their FTP site. It shouldn't be hard to change.
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