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Old 04-06-03, 03:48 PM   #1
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I can't get any of the drivers on the site (current or archives) to install on gentoo. They worked fine when I used Redhat and Mandrake before. So far, I have been able to use the ones that come from the gentoo portage system (3123), but that's it.

If I try to install any of the other ones, the install goes great. I edit XF86Config to reflect the driver change, but once I restart, X comes back and tells me in the log:
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(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***
(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
(II) UnloadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
The graphics portion of my XF86Config looks like this:
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Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce3 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
# Driver "nv"
Option "DPMS"
EndSection
What did I do wrong? Any help would be great.
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Old 04-06-03, 04:11 PM   #2
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Did you emerge 1.0-4349 from gentoo?

Can you try the installer? If you do, please post /var/log/nvidia-installer.log.

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Old 04-06-03, 04:37 PM   #3
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I tried the Nvidia installer first. It complained about there not being a percompiled kernel interface, so then I tried the older tarballs. Then I tried the Nvidia installer again. Same error everytime. Anyway, here is the the nvidia installer log (changed to .txt to be able to upload

edit: and yep, the current drivers I am using that work are the ones that came from the emerge.
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Old 04-06-03, 05:50 PM   #4
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Is there anything helpful in your kernel logs?
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Old 04-06-03, 05:56 PM   #5
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The kernel logs suggest it was successful:
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Apr 6 03:58:30 locutus kernel: 0: nvidia: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 nvidia.o Kernel Module 1.0-4349 Thu Mar 27 19:00:02 PST 2003
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Old 04-06-03, 07:23 PM   #6
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It looks just like my log did. Now you have to insmod (or modprobe) the nvidia module. I just put

nvidia

in /etc/modules.autoload and everything was cool.
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Old 04-06-03, 07:35 PM   #7
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Yes, thank you very very much. That was the problem. According to the documentation I had, "NVdriver" is suppsoed to /etc/modules.autoload. Replacing that with "nvidia" seems to solve the problem. OpenGL now works again, as well.

Maybe that should be put in the FAQ somewhere. The only reason why I put anything in the /etc/modules.autoload file was because the gentoo install docs told me to.
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I was confused for a while, too. There are two modules: the kernel module nvidia.o and the XFree86 graphics driver (the name of which I can't recall right now -- perhaps it was nv.o?). Inserting the kernel module make the nvidia* devices, which the graphics driver uses. (I think ... correct me if I'm wrong, please.)
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Old 04-07-03, 11:35 AM   #9
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That's pretty much right -- the XFree86 driver's name is nvidia_drv.o, though.
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Thank you sl70! You fixed my problem, which was frighteningly similar too Vidar's. Had to get the mouse working, but it got xfree working otherwise.

Specs:

Debian 3 (jigsawed-woody)
kernel 2.4.18-bf2.4
Geforce4 MX 420
Monitor-Sony Trinitron D825HT (Dell make)

Orginal xconfig and log at:
http://www.techimo.com/forum/showthr...108#post618108
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