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Old 11-25-03, 01:39 AM   #1
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Because the regular nVidia driver doesn't seem to work ok for me, I want to try the ones from minion.de.

Can I use them with a 2.4.20-8 kernel?
How do I install them (I'm still a newbie)?
Has anybody had good experiences with running the minion.de-drivers on a 2.4.20 kernel??

Thanks in advance...
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The minion.de patch is simply a modification of the compiling 'glue' between the kernel and the normal binary driver from nVidia that supports compiling that 'glue' (kernel interface) for the 2.6 kernels. It would be no different on a 2.4 kernel in any way I'm aware of, if it even compiles. The purpose is using the normal driver with the 2.6 kernel which doesn't work without the patch. The patch works very well for what its intended to do. Unfortunately won't change your situation unless you try a 2.6 kernel (and given some strange issues with hardware support that might not be a bad idea, but its not really an easy thing quite yet, even tho there are rpms for it (changes to many other system bits are still necessary).
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Whether or not the patch(es) will make a difference on Linux 2.4 largely depends on the NVIDIA driver version you're using, some of the patch(es) include backports of bugfixes for older driver versions (e.g. the page_alloc.c fix for 1.0-3123).
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I installed the latest driver 4496 and it didn't work for me (actually, it did install correctly, but I still have random lockups and GLX doesn't work).

I think I'll wait until the 2.6 kernel is stable...
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I think I'll wait until the 2.6 kernel is stable...
Not a bad plan. Go grab it, mine is much more stable than my 2.4.22 nptl kernels with GL games (I did have the occasional freeze from exiting / opening the games, never happens on 2.6). Seriously tho, it is getting right down to business, so if you are going to wait it won't be long. Upgrading to 2.6 is alot smoother if you do a distro upgrade to Fedora however, just a plug there. There are ~6 packages you need to upgrade manually to get it running on RH9 + the initscripts modifications for new usb driver names, and modprobe config.
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Whether or not the patch(es) will make a difference on Linux 2.4 largely depends on the NVIDIA driver version you're using, some of the patch(es) include backports of bugfixes for older driver versions (e.g. the page_alloc.c fix for 1.0-3123).
Was unaware of this, but that is nice to know. The 31.23 was a wonderful driver (and I would probably use it on an older card). Thanks.
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