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Old 01-30-04, 09:44 AM   #13
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the problem I was haveing is that the /lib/modules/2.4.20-28.9/build/include/linux/modversions.h file was NOT present in my build tree.

Yes I was getting the exact same error.

When I deinstalled the 28.9 kernel and the kernel-source rpms then reinstalled them as stated in my previous post the modversions.h file was present. I don't know why it was not there the first time and I don't know why it was there the second time but it was there and the Nvidia installer ran with now problem.
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Old 01-30-04, 09:51 AM   #14
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Awesome. I can't wait to try it.

So close to a solution!
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Old 01-31-04, 06:58 AM   #15
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I no longer think I'm anywhere near close. Why does this have to be so difficult.

rpm -qa | grep kernel
kernel-2.4.21.0.13mdk-1-1mdk
kernel-2.4.22.21mdk-1-1mdk
kernel-source-2.4.22-21mdk

uname -r
2.4.22-21mdk

ls /usr/src
linux-2.4.22-21mdk/
RPM/

When I run the installer I get the same error.

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Old 01-31-04, 09:46 AM   #16
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reboot into kernel-2.4.21.0.13

rpm -e kernel-2.4.22.21
rpm -e kernel-source

then download your updated kernal and source to replace 2.4.22.21 that you just removed.

then reboot back into the new replaced 2.4.22.21 kernal and try to install the nvidia drivers.
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Old 01-31-04, 02:54 PM   #17
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Well, I did all that and did manage to get Nvidia driver 5336 installed! Please don't ask me to install a different driver version because I'd rather see Alan Greenspan naked than go through all that again.

Then I typed startx and got--drumroll please--the same error...


(II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU detected as: GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
(--) NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 04.34.20.18.00
(EE) NVIDIA(0): The 4 pin power connector on your GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
(EE) NVIDIA(0): graphics card is unplugged; aborting initialization of
(EE) NVIDIA(0): this X screen. To rectify this, please shutdown your
(EE) NVIDIA(0): computer and plug a power cable from your computer's
(EE) NVIDIA(0): power supply into the 4 pin connector on the graphics
(EE) NVIDIA(0): card. If you feel you have received this message in
(EE) NVIDIA(0): error, you may specify the "NoPowerConnectorCheck"
(EE) NVIDIA(0): XF86Config option in the Screen section of your
(EE) NVIDIA(0): XF86Config file.
(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
(II) UnloadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.


Here's my XF86Config-4:


# File generated by XFdrake.

# ************************************************** ********************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# ************************************************** ********************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "en_US"
Option "XkbOptions" ""
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Generic"
ModelName "1024x768 @ 70 Hz"
HorizSync 31.5-57.0
VertRefresh 50-70

# Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?
# 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync
ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -vsync

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "NVidia"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Virtual 800 600
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Virtual 800 600
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Virtual 800 600
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Virtual 800 600
EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"
EndSection

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So, what happens when you plug in the power? Turn off the computer first etc.
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SUCCESS!!!

This is really frustrating, but when all was said and done it turned out to be a hardware problem. The power to the card was plugged in all right...but the other end of said power cord had a loose connection.

Thank you so much everybody for all your help.

On the plus side, I've learned more about rpm, the boot process and LILO than I probably would ever have learned otherwise. And for all the hassle it was installing the 5336 driver, at least I now do have the latest (and hopefully greatest) driver for my card.

Thanks again everybody.
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SCORE!!!
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