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Old 12-11-06, 04:12 PM   #1
dragon_87
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Default Need to know how to configure kernel to use a driver version that supports my card.

After setting up Ubuntu 6.10, it took me awhile to realize that I had to install the drivers for the video card. So I go and download version 1.0-9629. After reading up on the install process and over a week of trying it, it finally installed. Everything seemed to work fine. Until I restarted. Ubuntu will now only launch when I reinstall the driver and use the command gdm restart.
Before getting to the error, here is what I did installing it. I ran it in the console at level 3 using the command sh <filename>. The installer found no precompiled kernel and proceeded to compile a new one. The X config file is updated and install is succesful. For good measure, i downloaded the nvidia-xconfig tarball and ran the nvidia-xconfig command after install. The computer now works until rebooted.
Now, onto the error. When the computer restarts and attempts to boot Ubuntu, it fails launching the X server and has the following error: API mismatch. Nvidia kernel module has version 1.0-7184, but this X module has version 1.0-9629. I am by all definitions a Linux noob, but it appears the driver I have downloaded may have included 1.0-7184 for legacy (backwards) compatibility. The problem here is my 7950GT is not recognized, because 1.0-7184 does not recognize it. How can I go about configuring it so it matches my actual driver version?
System specs are:
Athlon 64 3700 @ 2.2
2 GB of ram
512 MB 7950 GT from eVGA, running driver 1.0-9629
Ubuntu 6.10 kernel 2.6.17-10-generic.
If any additional information is needed, I will probably also need an explanation of how to get that information, since I know very little about the inner workings of this system. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-11-06, 04:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: Need to know how to configure kernel to use a driver version that supports my card.

See:
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=72490
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Old 12-11-06, 04:35 PM   #3
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Default Re: Need to know how to configure kernel to use a driver version that supports my car

Going through checklist:

gcc 4.1 and base are installed, appear to match.
make and make dev are installed.
linux-headers are installed, versions all match.
pkg-config is installed.
xserver-xorg-xdev is installed.
nvidia-glx is not installed, and /etc/init.d/nvidia-glx does not exist.
The linux-restricted modules were present and have been removed. Should I see if the computer boots Ubuntu correctly now or is there something else I need to do first? Thanks for the quick reply.

EDIT: I did a reboot and its working great. Thanks again.
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