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Old 03-06-05, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default Kernel 2.6.11 Fix for broken drivers

Many of us who have fought the good fight to keep our Nvidia cards going through these rough waters of 6111 vs 6629 have finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel with the release of Kernel-2.6.11 Final. Only to be greeted by SILENCE on the part of NVIDIA. I like NVIDIA but to tell the honest truth this time of constant struggle to keep the video up and running has tired this old supporter. NVIDIA A STATEMENT OF WHEN WE CAN EXPECT RELIEF IS REQUIRED.

READ 6111 not 6629 drivers. 6629 is broken for some cards and they must use 6111 drivers or face a BLACK screen.

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Old 03-06-05, 08:49 AM   #2
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Oh boy, another Linux user who thinks NVIDIA owes him something.
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Old 03-06-05, 08:49 AM   #3
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Hi,

hm, I have 2.6.11 (gentoo) and 6629 (patched by gentoo) and no probs.
Maybe you want to try the patches.
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Old 03-06-05, 09:11 AM   #4
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USE ZANDER's patch. I'm using 2.6.11-mm1 + GEFORCE5900 + xorg 6.8.2
Fedora Core 3

Good Luck.

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Old 03-06-05, 09:32 AM   #5
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Its even in the stickies of the support from zander, people need to learn to read first before posting.
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Old 03-06-05, 09:16 PM   #6
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I have built the 2.6.11 kernel from source and managed to get the system to boot up to the command prompt.
I next applied the 2.28.2005.diff patch to the nvidia-6629 driver and compiled the nvidia driver. The nvidia code seems to compile.
However, when the installer attempts to modprobe the nvidia.ko file , I get the following unresolved symbol errors and the installation fails:
Unresolved symbols:
agp_free_memory
agp_allocate_memory
agp_unbind_memory
agp_copy_info
agp_backend_release

I am not sure if I did not configure the 2.6.11 kernel properly or if I did something wrong when I built the video driver.
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Old 03-06-05, 10:43 PM   #7
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Oh boy, another Linux user who thinks NVIDIA owes him something.
um - he bought a card = NVIDIA owes him something. it's pretty simple.

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Its even in the stickies of the support from zander, people need to learn to read first before posting.
well, the problem he's describing won't be fixed by those patches, will it?

it would be *good* to know whether those of us with a geforce mx 4000 will be able to use kernel 2.6.11, cos the problem is:

1. 6629 does *not* work with this card ... i've tried the patches.

2. 6111 will *not* compile on 2.6.11 with any patch i've tried (well, at least *I* couldn't get them to work).

so, jhawk's question is entirely justified .... what really makes me angry is those people whose cards *are* working getting all high and mighty with those of us who've been waiting four months for *some* sort of solution.

i'm not gonna let my frustration get the better of me anymore, though, cos its fruitless ... i'm just praying to dog that the new drivers (which must be being released soon, what with the recent flurry of housekeeping on the forums) will address these issues and give me a functioning 3d-accelerated card.

*hoping* *fingers-crossed* *please*
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Old 03-07-05, 12:40 AM   #8
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>um - he bought a card = NVIDIA owes him something. it's pretty simple.

Exactly. I bought a $400 hardware card which is sitting nearly useless inside my computer. NVidia maintains the guise of linux driver support-- official drivers sitting on their official page. Officially broken. Think NVidia doesn't owe me something?

If you want to argue that hardware vendors have no responsibility to support their products in this society, you're just insane. Criminally insane.
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Old 03-07-05, 02:56 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by RLNave
I have built the 2.6.11 kernel from source and managed to get the system to boot up to the command prompt.
I next applied the 2.28.2005.diff patch to the nvidia-6629 driver and compiled the nvidia driver. The nvidia code seems to compile.
However, when the installer attempts to modprobe the nvidia.ko file , I get the following unresolved symbol errors and the installation fails:
Unresolved symbols:
agp_free_memory
agp_allocate_memory
agp_unbind_memory
agp_copy_info
agp_backend_release

I am not sure if I did not configure the 2.6.11 kernel properly or if I did something wrong when I built the video driver.
Try doing:
modprobe -q agpgart
BEFORE you start to build the nvidia driver. That fixed it for me, based on help from zander: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=46676
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Old 03-07-05, 02:57 AM   #10
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@RLNave: you need to `modprobe agpgart` prior to the installation of the patched driver on Linux 2.6, please see http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=46676.
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Old 03-07-05, 03:02 AM   #11
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@mistermachine: 1.0-6629 is known to be incompatible with this particular graphics card; I'm sorry that updated drivers are not yet available, but they will be soon. Until then, the problem can be resolved by using 1.0-6111, which works out-of-the-box with Linux <= 2.6.8 and with Linux >= 2.6.9 if the driver itself is patched or the kernel modified to restore backwards compatibility (e.g. with http://ck.kolivas.org/patches/2.6/2....9_compat2.diff for Linux 2.6.11); I recommend the latter approach.
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Oh boy, another Linux user who thinks NVIDIA owes him something.
Please don't post rubbish like this in a Linux forum. If you're anti-linux then post the crap in your own forum. I don't come into your forums and spout of about how terrible Microsoft are do I?
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