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Old 09-06-03, 02:19 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Im new to linux, sick and tired of viruses from windows so i made the transition.... i must say i am impressed!....

Anyhow... I am trying to setup the NVIDIA graphic driver for my gforce4 and i have downloaded the updated driver from nvidia.com ( NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4 496-pkg2.run )

My Problems are...

1. I need to close all X applications... I figure this to mean KDE... I figured out a dodgey way to close KDE, (ALT-CTRL-F1) or something like that... firstly, what is the bext way to exit kde and return to the console?

2. Once I had as root ran the following...

"sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4 496-pkg2.run"

it didn't work... it ran.... but it failed... I am wondering If I have the right driver....

I am running Suse 8.2 on a p4 2.4 - 800mb ram and so on...

Any ideas.... i'm currently in 1024x768 and its annoying!!!

also... where is this sudoers file and how do I add a user to that? (i know its off topic, but I am a newbie and need all the help i can get)...

Muchly Appreicated...

John
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Old 09-06-03, 02:41 PM   #2
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Open a terminal window on the KDE desktop (using the "shell" icon) and type this command:

init 3

This will return you to text console mode where you can install the drivers.
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Old 09-06-03, 03:40 PM   #3
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thanks for that.... the console came up just as you would expect it....

now it can't compile the kernel.... i will keep trying but if you have any ideas, please let me know... ps... i figured out the sudoers file to....

Cheers

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Old 09-06-03, 03:54 PM   #4
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I just got this from the NVIDIA docs...

If no matching precompiled kernel interface is found, then the installer
will compile the kernel interface for you. However, first it will
check that you have the correct kernel headers intalled on your system.
If the installer must compile the kernel interface, then you must install
the kernel-sources package for your kernel.

I obviously don't have the kernel source because this is the error the nvidia installer is giving me... firstly, what exactly is a kernel and where can i go to find out what kernel i need to compile or install or whatever.... this is getting confusing... I am starting to miss the windows double-click
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Old 09-06-03, 03:58 PM   #5
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which distribution are you using?
type uname -a, then install the same kernel-source version. you just need to install it, no need to compile.... then install your drivers
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Old 09-06-03, 04:10 PM   #6
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uname -a delivers the following (looks dodgey... - what do those "unknown"s mean?)

Linux linux 2.4.20-4GB #1 Wed Aug 6 18:26:21 UTC 2003 i686 unknown unknown GNU/Linux

anyhow... how can I know what kernel to install from this information and then once i know the kernel - how do i go about installing it?

sorry for the lame questions.... but i will get the hand of this new OS....
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Old 09-07-03, 03:32 AM   #7
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uname -a delivers the following (looks dodgey... - what do those "unknown"s mean?)

Linux linux 2.4.20-4GB #1 Wed Aug 6 18:26:21 UTC 2003 i686 unknown unknown GNU/Linux

anyhow... how can I know what kernel to install from this information and then once i know the kernel - how do i go about installing it?

sorry for the lame questions.... but i will get the hand of this new OS....
Your uname output is OK.
Please read one of the MANY MANY existing threads about SuSE 8.2
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Old 09-07-03, 04:43 AM   #8
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i got it working.... ye-hah!!!
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Old 09-07-03, 04:55 AM   #9
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If you're interested in your uname output:

Linux (1) linux (2) 2.4.20-4GB (3) #1 Wed Aug 6 18:26:21 UTC 2003 (4) i686 (5) unknown (6) unknown (7) GNU/Linux (8)

(1) kernel name
(2) network node name
(3) kernel release
(4) kernel version
(5) machine hardware name
(6) processor type
(7) hardware platform
(8) operating system

You have your two unknowns because you're running a kernel pre-compiled by SuSE that hasn't been customized / compiled for your own system. It's not a problem - that kernel will run on just about any Pentium compatible computer - which is why SuSE build it that way.

Mine is:
Linux barney 2.4.20-gentoo-r5 #18 SMP Sun Sep 7 09:35:35 GMT 2003 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2700+ AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux

There you go :-)
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