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Old 02-10-04, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Why does XFree still see "nv" instead of "nvidia"

Built the drivers. According to the installer log, it was a success. The drivers are sitting in /dev, nice and new. After messing around with manual edits of the XFree86config file for roughly ten hours, getting response after response that it could not load nvidia drivers, I finally just took a peek at the XFree display configuration utility. All I can see for nvidia cards is "nv". There is no "nvidia" driver set that it can see. Is this normal for a machine that has not had a successful boot with these new drivers, or is something else wrong?

Thanks in advance for any comments you come up with.

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PS: see my other post for the installer log.

Thanks again.
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Old 02-10-04, 10:06 PM   #2
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Built the drivers. According to the installer log, it was a success. The drivers are sitting in /dev, nice and new. After messing around with manual edits of the XFree86config file for roughly ten hours, getting response after response that it could not load nvidia drivers, I finally just took a peek at the XFree display configuration utility. All I can see for nvidia cards is "nv". There is no "nvidia" driver set that it can see. Is this normal for a machine that has not had a successful boot with these new drivers, or is something else wrong?

Thanks in advance for any comments you come up with.

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PS: see my other post for the installer log.

Thanks again.
Try 'lsmod' from root console, is nvidia listed? And what do you get when you try 'modprobe nvidia' from root console?
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Old 02-12-04, 01:58 PM   #3
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Well, lsmod did not show nvidia loaded. So I hit modload nvidia, and I get this message:

Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.21-4.EL/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o will tai nt the kernel: non-GPL license - NVIDIA
See http://www.tux.org/lkml/#export-tainted for information about tainted modu les
Module nvidia loaded, with warnings

Now I type lsmod, and nvidia is now loaded, and unused.

Is this a problem, or a path to solution? According to tux.org, this means nothing more that these drivers are not GPL release, if I am interpreting that correctly.

If all is ok, how do I get that module to load every time I boot, or is that unecessary?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 02-12-04, 02:26 PM   #4
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Default UPDATE - Problem solved

Forgot to pound out Load "dri" and rename the card from NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic) to
NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go.

Upon doing that and rebooting, I got an NVIDIA logo page when XFree started, and now the graphics are True Color.

Simply wonderful, and simply not doable without the help of the fine participants of this forum!

Thanks a ton!

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PS: does anyone know where I can find a Broadcom 43XX driver for my wireless card?
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Old 02-12-04, 02:37 PM   #5
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PS: does anyone know where I can find a Broadcom 43XX driver for my wireless card? [/b]
Not free, but you might try the linuxant wireless lan drivers:
https://www.linuxant.com/store/
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Old 02-12-04, 03:05 PM   #6
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Thanks. I heard about those previously. I will check to see if they support the 4306.

Meanwhile, if you hear of the drivers floating around anywhere, please let me know.

Cheers.
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