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Old 03-11-03, 02:12 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm having problems with the nVidia drivers for Mandrake 9.0.
During the install XFdrake could not install a driver for my GeForce 4 Ti4200, so I haven't been able to start X...
I compiled the latest two tarballs and installed them without any errors, and adapted my XF86Config-4 file.
When I run startx, it returns an error. This is the output from the log file, and this is my XF86Config-4 file.
Any help appreciated.

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Old 03-11-03, 03:08 PM   #2
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the DPMS option in the device section shouldn't be there, it should be in the monitor section.
Try to insert this line in modules section:

Load "dri"

and copy this at the end of the conf file:

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection
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Old 03-11-03, 04:37 PM   #3
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Load "dri"

and copy this at the end of the conf file:

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection


Please, DON'T do this!

DRI is NOT used by the nVidia drivers; loading it will at best make nothing change, and at worst cause other problems (like unresolved symbols in the various X drivers).

The reason for the error reported in your X log -- "failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module" -- is generally logged by the kernel module. Check the kernel logs (either dmesg, or /var/log/messages) for why. Most of the time, assuming the kernel module is actually loaded (check with lsmod; look for "nvidia"), this error is caused by a BIOS setting. You should have "PnP OS" set to No, and you should have "Assign IRQ to VGA" set to Yes in your BIOS. But check the kernel logs to make sure; they should have a message about those settings if they are what need to be changed.
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Old 03-12-03, 09:09 AM   #4
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the DPMS option in the device section shouldn't be there, it should be in the monitor section.
Try to insert this line in modules section:
Load "dri"
and copy this at the end of the conf file:
Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection
those options were there by default...
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Check the kernel logs
the only weird entries i see are:
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Mar 12 15:52:12 localhost kdm[1080]: Server for display :0 terminated unexpectedly
Mar 12 15:52:14 localhost kdm[1080]: Server for display :0 terminated unexpectedly
Mar 12 15:52:14 localhost kdm[1080]: Display :0 is being disabled (restarting too fast)
but you can read it yourself here if you want
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check with lsmod
apparently "nvidia" isn't loaded
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sorry, i red my XF86Config backup and not my actual one , but the option dmps IS in my "monitor" section and not in "device"
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apparently "nvidia" isn't loaded
So load it.

su
/sbin/modprobe nvidia
, then, if no errors,
exit
startx


Start off as your normal user (not root).

If that works, then make sure alias /dev/nvidia* nvidia is in /etc/modules.conf, and run /sbin/depmod -a.
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Old 03-12-03, 12:29 PM   #7
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First when i`ve run Mandrake 9.0 i`ve got same problem. Try to reinstall drivers by force and try to start X-Server. That`s might be helpfull.
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So load it.
hmm... modprobe couldn't find the module nvidia
reinstalling the tarballs again didn't help
i tried the rpms, modprobe was succesfull with those, but when starting x, i get a blank screen...
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Hmm... I was assuming you used driver 4191; is that the case? If you were using the 3123 tarballs, then you need to /sbin/modprobe NVdriver instead.
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Hmm... I was assuming you used driver 4191; is that the case? If you were using the 3123 tarballs, then you need to /sbin/modprobe NVdriver instead.
Yep, I'm using the 4191's...
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You used the tarballs? You're sure it wasn't just the wrong version RPMs?

If you uninstall the NVIDIA_kernel package (rpm -e NVIDIA_kernel) and reinstall the .tar.gz one, what does find /lib/modules -name nvidia.o tell you?

Are you sure that the NVIDIA_kernel installed before? Were you running "make install" as root?
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Old 03-14-03, 11:30 AM   #12
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You used the tarballs? You're sure it wasn't just the wrong version RPMs?
rpms:
NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.mdk90up.i586.rpm
NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-4191.i386.rpm

tars:
NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.tar.gz
NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-4191.tar.gz
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If you uninstall the NVIDIA_kernel package (rpm -e NVIDIA_kernel) and reinstall the .tar.gz one, what does find /lib/modules -name nvidia.o tell you?
Err... Nothing, no affirmation it was found, no error it wasn't...[quote]Are you sure that the NVIDIA_kernel installed before?[quote]Yep, first installed the kernel driver and after that the GLX.
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Were you running "make install" as root?
I'm not a Linux pro, but that I know...
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