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Old 06-29-04, 11:11 AM   #1
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Exclamation NVIDIA driver not loading


I've installed latest kernel-2.6.7-2mdk. I'm trying compiling latest NVIDIA driver (from NVIDIA: NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run) against this kernel and I get an error message like this:

-> Kernel module compilation complete.
ERROR: Unable to load the kernel module 'nvidia.ko'.  This is most likely
       because the kernel module was built using the wrong kernel source files.
       Please make sure you have installed the kernel source files for your
       kernel; on Red Hat Linux systems, for example, be sure you have the
       'kernel-source' rpm installed.  If you know the correct kernel source
       files are installed, you may specify the kernel source path with the
       '--kernel-source-path' commandline option.
-> Kernel module load error: insmod: error inserting './usr/src/nv/nvidia.ko':
   -1 Invalid module format
I've installed the right source package. The module is correctly compiled, but the error is when trying to insert the module:

# modprobe nvidia
FATAL: Error inserting nvidia (/lib/modules/2.6.7-2mdk/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.ko): Invalid module format
This problem is happening in all kernels from 2.6.5 I've tried.

Anyone more has this problem?
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Old 06-29-04, 02:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: NVIDIA driver not loading

OK, everything is corrected now.

If you use a precompiled kernel, be sure you're compiling NVIDIA module with the same compiler kernel was. I explain. If the kernel was compiled using gcc-3.4 you must use gcc-3.4 to compile the module.

You can check if this is your situation looking at the last line of dmesg when trying to load module.
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