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Old 10-01-02, 03:51 AM   #1
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Default Mandrake 9.0 driver installation

Because Mandrake 9.0 binary RPMs are not available in the current driver set, you will need to use the SRPM or source tarball package to install the driver. You *CANNOT* use the Mandrake 8.2 RPMS. They won't work.

To do this, you will also need to have the kernel-source RPM provided on your Mandrake CD installed on your system. If you don't have the CDs, it's available on your nearest Mandrake mirror site. If you're not sure if you have the kernel-source package installed, you can check by running

'rpm -qa | grep kernel'

and looking at the output. If you don't see "kernel-source-version" (where 'version' matches the kernel you're running) in any of the packages, you don't have it installed.

Further steps for rebuilding the SRPM or tarball package can be found in the README.


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Old 10-02-02, 09:57 AM   #2
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I tried to install the drivers on mandrake but i'm not sure whether i'm successful or not... I downloaded the tarballs and i did the "make install" thing and edited the XF86Config-4 file like the instructions said...but when i used drakconf to check my hardware, it says "custom" on the graphics card section. is this correct? Somehow i think i messed up somewhere...cause i can only select 16bpp for my desktop....

Can anyone help me out? If you haven't notice, i'm a newbie at this linux stuff....
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I'm assuming you are not logging in as root

Go to the terminal and type:
su -
(enter password for root)

modprobe NVdriver

This should echo if the nvidia module is loaded. Hope this helps
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Oswin -- since the nVidia driver is closed-source, drakconf doesn't have a clue what it is. So the "custom" setting there should be OK. The way to check if it's all working is look at lsmod, making sure NVdriver is listed, and to look at glxinfo, making sure "direct rendering" is set to yes. You can also look at xdpyinfo and check that the GLX, NV-GLX, and NV-CONTROL extensions are present.
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