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Old 06-12-04, 01:52 PM   #1
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I have just installed redhat9 (complete install) and am very excited to play I have a geforce 4 ti 4200
I have gone to nvidias website and downloaded the newest driver. When I run the install I get this error:

unable to load kernel module 'nvidia.o'

here is the log file contents:

vidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Sat Jun 12 10:34:17 2004

option status:
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
no precompiled interface: false
no ncurses color : false
query latest driver ver : false
OpenGL header files : false
no questions : false
silent : false
XFree86 install prefix : /usr/X11R6
OpenGL install prefix : /usr
Installer install prefix: /usr
kernel source path : (not specified)
kernel install path : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /tmp
ftp site : ftp://download.nvidia.com

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> A precompiled kernel interface for kernel 'Red Hat Linux 9 updated to kernel
2.4.20-8 i686' has been found here:
./usr/src/nv/precompiled/nv-linux.o-1.0-5336.rh9up_2.4.20-8_i686.
executing: 'cd ./usr/src/nv; /usr/bin/ld -d -r -o nvidia.o precompiled-nv-li
nux.o nv-kernel.o'...
-> Kernel module linked successfully.
ERROR: Unable to load the kernel module 'nvidia.o'. This is most likely
because the kernel module was built using the wrong kernel source files.
Please make sure you have installed the kernel source files for your
kernel; on Red Hat Linux systems, for example, be sure you have the
'kernel-source' rpm installed. If you know the correct kernel source
files are installed, you may specify the kernel source path with the
'--kernel-source-path' commandline option.
-> Kernel module load error: Warning: loading ./usr/src/nv/nvidia.o will taint
the kernel: non-GPL license - NVIDIA
See http://www.tux.org/lkml/#export-tainted for information about tainted
modules
./usr/src/nv/nvidia.o: init_module: No such device
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including
invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file
'/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions
on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
driver download page at www.nvidia.com.

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Old 06-12-04, 06:59 PM   #2
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uname -a
to see if your running kernel matches the module the nVidia installer got. If it doesn't work you could install the kernel source and tell the nVidia installer to compile a driver.
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Old 06-12-04, 08:00 PM   #3
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i used to run RH9 with almost the same video card....never had problem with the new nvidia drivers..
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Old 06-12-04, 10:05 PM   #4
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i ran uname and my kerenel is 2.4.20-8
I am a newbie here so please keep it simple
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Old 06-12-04, 10:19 PM   #5
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i ran uname and my kerenel is 2.4.20-8
I am a newbie here so please keep it simple
the new kernel runs perfectly with that kernel.....just make sure to have the kernel headers in /usr/src
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Old 06-12-04, 11:50 PM   #6
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By not knowing RH9 I can't say for sure what you have to do. But try this as root:
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modprobe nvidia
and note the error(s). Also look for hints as to what is failing by
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dmseg
and inspecting the most recent additions to the logs,
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ls -lrt /var/log
with a text file viewer like less.
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Old 06-13-04, 06:55 AM   #7
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please list the following files..
/etc/X11/XF86Config (XF86Config-4)
/var/log/XFree86.0.log/

it also appear that you do not have the correct kernel headers and source installed...
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Old 06-13-04, 09:31 AM   #8
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okay can someone tell me how to install the kernal headers? I was ont he right track but cant find any good info for a newbie And the weird thing is that I did a complete install so why wouldnt it have installed the headers? oh by the way what are kernel headers
you guys are great thanks for your support
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Old 06-13-04, 10:44 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by novetec
okay can someone tell me how to install the kernal headers? I was ont he right track but cant find any good info for a newbie And the weird thing is that I did a complete install so why wouldnt it have installed the headers? oh by the way what are kernel headers
you guys are great thanks for your support
it has been long time since i ran RH and i do not remember whether kernel headers install automatic or not....
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Old 06-13-04, 11:25 AM   #10
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The package you want is kernel-source. You can search on redhat's site, rpmfind.net, or they have it on freshrpms. Download the rpm, ensuring that you get the source, and not a src, rpm, then run rpm -i <file>.

Here's a link to the file:

ftp://194.199.20.114/linux/redhat/9/....20-8.i386.rpm

You really should upgrade that though.
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Old 06-13-04, 12:46 PM   #11
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Does anyone know of a document that will tell me step by step how to upgrade it? the kernel i mean and source
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Old 06-13-04, 01:56 PM   #12
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okay this is driving me up[ the wall I did run the rpm kernel-source and I still get the same error then when I specify the kernel source it says kernel source tree is unavailable. WTH does this mean

Man I figured installing the nvidia driver should be easy with RH9 and a complete install. This is the 3rd complete install I have done and the first thing I do is nvidia and get the same error.

Any ideas I ahve searched high and low for directions and cant find anything

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