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Old 11-10-03, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Trouble Loading NVidia Drivers

Let me first state that I am an absolute newbie to Linux, but I've had a lot of experience with that 'other' OS and I'm trying to learn all I can about Linux so I can ditch that 'other' OS.

I just installed SuSE 9.0 and went to the NVidia site to download the drivers for the GeForce TI card I'm running. I downloaded the NVIDIA_GLX_1.0-4499.tar.gz driver and the NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4499.tar.gz kernel driver. I printed the Readme that is linked on the web page and all it talks about under sections 1 (Choosing...) and section 2(Installing the Nvidia Driver) is a .run file. Section 1 states that it introduces a new suffix of .pkg and to download the driver with the highest pkg number.

Section 2 describes downloading the .run file and shelling off a command that executes the . run file. Now, when I look in the gz files all I see is source that needs to be compiled.

So here are my questions. Where can I find the .run files? In lieu of that what operators should I use with the tar command to extract the source? Once I have extracted it, what do I do with it? I've used 'make install' with another driver package - Is that what I do here too?

Sorry for the elementary questions, but I've got to learn somehow.
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Old 11-10-03, 03:22 PM   #2
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You need to untar both packages, I use /usr/local/share. Move both packages there then as su type

tar -zxvf "whatever kernel module"


tar -zxvf "whatever glx module"

Now for the fun part..

Check and see if you have files

located in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions

if so, rename them to libGLcore.a.mesa and libglx.a.mesa

now check in /usr/X11R6/lib for files named
libGL.so.1.2.****** (***** are some numbers)

If so rename with a .mesa on the end of each.

All this is to clear out things in MESA that may interfer with the Nvidia drivers.

Now set your system to reboot to the command line and reboot.

log in as root.

cd to your directory you used to untar the modules.

ex. cd /usr/local/share

cd into the Nvidia_kernel directory.

type make

if that doesnt seem to work try something along the lines of make SYSINCLUDE=/usr/src/linux/include

now for the glx module....

cd into that dirctory and type make.

now you need to edit your XFree86Config-4 file located in /etc/X11/

change the driver line from load "nv" to load "nvidia" and make sure up at the top you have a load "glx" line.

now log in as your user name and type startx

It should boot up the x server.

This is the OLD way of doing things. I havent seen tar packages for the drivers in a while, so not sure if you have the 1.0-4499 drivers or not. But with any kinda luck this will get you going.
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Old 11-10-03, 05:55 PM   #3
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If you prefer to try your hand at the installer (the pkg2.run file method) here is your link.

"..the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." (Edmond Burke)
nVIDIA video driver RPMs for Fedora :: see yum repo at livna.org.
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Old 11-10-03, 08:10 PM   #4
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I should have mentioned that I am running an AMD Athlon XP CPU. Does the pkg2.run driver found at the link you offered work for this architecture?

Thanks for all the help.
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