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Old 07-13-07, 02:08 PM   #1
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Guys - I have the latest drivers (100.14.11) from nVidia installed on my Debian Linux PC running fine under the 2.6.18-4-686 kernel but today I updated my RAM to 4 GB and I needed a kernel that could support large RAM so I installed linux-kernel-2.6.21-2-686-bigmem on my PC. I then re-ran the installer for nVidia and it said it failed at the end I am really not sure why so I posted my error log below. Anyone know what the problem is? Normally it bitches about gcc or lib or something like that which is fine and I can go install it but this was so vague - it just said it could not build the module for the kernel and failed.

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Old 07-13-07, 02:27 PM   #2
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FATAL: modpost: GPL-incompatible module nvidia.ko uses GPL-only symbol 'paravirt_ops'
This is a kernel problem, please see older threads on this topic for details. There may be more recent Debian/GNU Linux kernels that don't have this problem, else tou can use a recent vanilla kernel to avoid this problem.
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Old 07-13-07, 06:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. Perhaps this is only an issue on the "bigmem" kernel so I will try another kernel label and re-attempt as this the latest kernel Debian offers.
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Default Re: New Kernel = Failed Install

It was not much of a surprise however I installed the 2.6.21-2-686 kernel which is basically the same kernel minus the module for large RAM and it too failed. Same error and log was identical.

I guess I will have to see if Debian can release a new kernel unless there is a fix you can suggest.
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Please see earlier threads on this topic for possible workarounds. The most straight-forward solutions are to rebuild Debian's kernel without CONFIG_PARAVIRT or to use a recent vanilla kernel like Linux 2.6.22.
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