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Old 05-24-06, 04:07 AM   #1
Robert_Bjarum
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Question Need for Howto for installing nvidia X driver on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Hi there,

Can anyone provide a HOWTO for installing the nvidia x driver on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system, similar to the one for Fedora?

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Old 05-24-06, 07:58 AM   #2
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Hi Robert,

I can write you up one for Red Hat Enterprise 4 if you want a step by step guide, but you shouldn't need it as it's very easy to install and it configures X for you. Earlier versions of the Nvidia drivers had a bit of work getting them installed, but since 1.0.8178 the installations have been straightforward.

The basic procedure is...
Boot the system to Run-Level 3 (type 'init 3' in a Terminal window without quotes)

Login as root at the login prompt.

Start the driver installer (something like 'sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8762-pkg2.run).

Answer the Yes or No questions (you will want the 32bit OpenGL drivers, and do let if configure the X configuration for you).

After the driver has installed type 'init 6' to reboot the system and it should work straight away.

NOTE: If you do a kernel update for RHEL you will have to go through the driver installation again.

This should be enough information to get the driver installed on your system, if you do want more detail then I can write something up and post it, but you shouldn't need it.
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Old 05-31-06, 08:36 AM   #3
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Hi Mick. Thank you for your answer. I had problems getting the card up and running with the CD's I got from RH. However, after reinstalling RHL with downloaded iso's I was able to enable the card with drivers included.
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Old 01-09-08, 02:11 AM   #4
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Thanks, Your post is the first one I found that solved my problem. I couldn't figure out how to get out of X. The init 3 command did the trick. I last used UNIX over 30 years ago. I just installed RHEL 4 and it's been a learning experience. - Jim
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Old 01-09-08, 05:38 AM   #5
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Default Re: Need for Howto for installing nvidia X driver on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

You should have read appendix H of the README file of the Nvidia driver.
That explains stuff like this to novice Linux users, including the "init 3".
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Old 01-09-08, 08:37 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by MickK
Hi Robert,

I can write you up one for Red Hat Enterprise 4 if you want a step by step guide, but you shouldn't need it as it's very easy to install and it configures X for you. Earlier versions of the Nvidia drivers had a bit of work getting them installed, but since 1.0.8178 the installations have been straightforward.

The basic procedure is...
Boot the system to Run-Level 3 (type 'init 3' in a Terminal window without quotes)

Login as root at the login prompt.

Start the driver installer (something like 'sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8762-pkg2.run).

Answer the Yes or No questions (you will want the 32bit OpenGL drivers, and do let if configure the X configuration for you).

After the driver has installed type 'init 6' to reboot the system and it should work straight away.

NOTE: If you do a kernel update for RHEL you will have to go through the driver installation again.

This should be enough information to get the driver installed on your system, if you do want more detail then I can write something up and post it, but you shouldn't need it.
Also, if the kernel gets updated, you can just rerun the Nvidia driver binary with the -K flag (while in init 3) to recompile the kernel module:

sh NVIDIA-driver-binary-####.run -K

I've also found that when you update X.org, you need to rerun the full installation, at least if you are a compiz user, as freezes / crashes happen otherwise. Or you can set up the livna repository to automate this stuff. http://rpm.livna.org/rlowiki/

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