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Old 09-04-02, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default Weird problem with RPM

Hi, Im a newbie to Linux and was trying to install the drivers for geforce2 mx.
When I was running the package (rpm -ivh NVIDIA_kernel.whatever.rpm) I received an error message at the end. (I dont really remember what kind of error it was but it couldnt insmod the nvidia driver.)
Anyway, here comes the weird part.....when I try to uninstal/erase the package (rpm -e NVIDIA_kernel.whatever) I get the reply that the package isnt installed. But when I try to install it again, Im told it is already installed. Now what is it??? Installed or not.
When I run rpm -q NVIDIA* , Im told none of the packages are installed....
Has anyone else been through this? Or is this normal? I was using the newest packages so the old bug Ive heard of shouldnt be the problem.....
Ill write another post about the error I got later...have to check it out again..
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Old 09-04-02, 05:40 PM   #2
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You may want to either log in as root or issue command "su" (without quotes) and entering the root password to the command prompt before installing the rpm. I have had success installing the rpm, but when I rebooted, I was unable to get a GUI. I figured I might be able to help you while I'm looking for a solution myself.
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Old 09-04-02, 05:46 PM   #3
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I've been operating as root all along, so that shouldnt be the problem...I am, however thankfull for any help...

It turns out I installed the wrong kerneldriver ....shouldve used athlon....anyway everytime I try to install the athlon (and any other nvidia .rpm) I get the message that the file /lib/modules/2.4.18-3/kernel/drivers/video/NVdriver is conflicting with a previsously installed package....
Unfortunately .... as I mentioned in the earlier post...I cant seem to uninstall the previous package....grrrrrr!!!

Does anyone have any idees?
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Old 09-04-02, 06:10 PM   #4
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Default Go tarballs

Those tarballs really did the trick...they automatically removed the old and conflicting files adn installed the new ones.
I tried to start xwindow and, yupp theres the nvidia logo.

Feels great to finaly have it working!

I recommend : tar balls
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Old 09-04-02, 09:06 PM   #5
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Default rpm poblems...

To look where packages have installed

rpm -qa | grep NV*

/home/uti# rpm -qa | grep NV

To remove them

rpm -e NVIDIA_GLX NVIDIA_kernel

To install again, without removing

rpm -i NV*.rpm --force

To Update a new version

rpm -i NV*.rpm

To Update same version

rpm -U NV*.rpm --force

Installing NVidia drivers is not simply.

I always have to edit my XF86Config file!!! (only first time, for every distribution I try )
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