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Old 05-19-04, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Fedora Core 2 drivers (possibly a solution)

Did anyone try out these drivers?

http://atrpms.net/dist/fc2/nvidia-graphics/

If yes, can you please share your experience?
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Old 05-19-04, 06:09 PM   #2
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I can try it tomorrow night when I get home from work and have time to fiddle with it. I would be happy to hear anybody else's experience with them also.
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Old 05-19-04, 06:26 PM   #3
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I tried, it didn't work

It needs a dependency to python2.2 and does not accept the python2.3 of FC2

I passed a -nodeps to rpm when installing. It installed with some error messages regarding python. (I think python is needed to modify xorg.conf (the new XF86Config). So I edited the file myself.

But no chance

Somebody must find a solution soon, this is very annoying
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Old 05-19-04, 06:31 PM   #4
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Yup, I tried as well, but no luck. I got a dependency problem that "/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358" is missing. Obviously, I double checked if the kernel-module package matches my uname -r. I didn't want to force it, I like the stability of my system right now.

I really hope that nvidia will surprise us with some shiny new drivers soon

Ooops, the dependency was vmlinux, not vmlinuz, and I don't have that file.. Still, doesn't give me a solution to problem
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Old 05-19-04, 07:11 PM   #5
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Is there ANYone who got this working in the final FC2?
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Old 05-20-04, 03:31 AM   #6
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The Fedora Core 2 release kernel was built with 4K stacks, which breaks current NVIDIA drivers; search this forum for threads on this topic for additional information, including instructions on how to work around the problem (i.e. on how to build the kernel with 8K stacks).
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Old 05-20-04, 04:00 AM   #7
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OK, I had a hard time installing NVIDIA drivers on FC2. I tried various kernels including 2.6.5, 2.6.5-1.358, 2.6.2, 2.6.6. I succeed to get it working with 2.6.2 and 2.6.6.
I think some people who are unexperienced in compiling a kernel need some help.
Here is everything you need


# cd /usr/src
# wget h ttp://www.kernel.org/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux-2.6.6.tar.bz2 (without space on http)
(or download the 2.6.6 kernel from your favorite mirror)
# tar jxvf linux-2.6.6.tar.bz2
# \rm linux
# ln -sf linux-2.6.6 linux
# cd /usr/src/linux

* go to http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...597#post326597
* download the config-2.6.6.txt Omnifarius posted on post #9 and put it in this directory
# make mrproper
# mv config-2.6.6.txt .config

# make xconfig

* you don´t need to change many things, you can disable the drivers for the unnecessary devices. (but I disabled the CONFIG_REGPARM setting in the CPU settings because I heard it may cause trouble)

*save (to .config) and exit

# make
# make modules_install
# make install

(this installs the new kernel and modifies grub.conf (or lilo.conf))

and that´s it. All you need after is to reboot your computer, select the new kernel on grub (or lilo). and uninstall/reinstall your NVIDIA driver after bootup. (dont forget to modify your XF86Config (or xorg.conf whichever is present) appropriately)

restart X server

go play some tuxracer

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Old 05-20-04, 01:12 PM   #8
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Those are just RPMs of the existing drivers and intended for xfree86/FC1.
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Old 05-20-04, 01:43 PM   #9
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It's possible to use kernel 2.6.6-mm4 with nVidia driver 1.0-5336 too. After the patch 2.6.6-mm4 over 2.6.6 kernel src, do "patch -p1 -R < make-4k-stacks-permanent.patch" and you could make a mm-tree kernel without 4k stack which is compatible with nVidia
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Old 05-20-04, 02:21 PM   #10
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Wouldn't it just be easier to use the open source nv driver for a couple of weeks until Nvidia releases the new driver (that's what I'm doing)? It's not fast enough to play 3D games and doesn't support TV out, but it's good enough to watch movies. I think the 2D is even a little faster, which makes normal desktop function better than the proprietary driver.
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Old 05-20-04, 03:03 PM   #11
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the opensource drivers are in no way shape or form faster than the official drivers. something is really horked with my setup I can't see any kind of video from mplayer/totem/gst-player on my system. something with the video accelleration no doubt.

NVIDIA PLEASE HURRY. this sucks!
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Old 05-20-04, 11:16 PM   #12
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some comments from redhat devs

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Arjan said, "preempt doesn't help for the desktop (1ms to 0.8ms latency you don't notice *at all*) but that 4K stacks does make a big dent"

http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedor.../msg00066.html
on 4k stack performance.

please nvidia, speed up our desktop with a 4k compat driver!

L

update:
just read that 4K stacks should work, but one have to disable regparm with 5336
drivers. will try it asap.

for users with a stock fedora core 2 kernel (which has regparm enabled), the 5341 drivers from http://www.pny.com/support/drivers/?prod=quadro
with the minion patch from http://minion.de should do the trick.
the readme of that patch says:
"The 1.0-5341 driver release supports Linux 2.6 kernels out-of-the-box,
unless they are built with CONFIG_REGPARM enabled. This patch fixes this
incompatibility (if you're uncomfortable with unofficial patches, just
disable CONFIG_REGPARM and rebuild the target kernel)."

good luck!
L

update 2 update:
tried with 4k enabled and its NOT working for me.
back to 2.6.6 without 4k stacks.
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