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#1 2005-06-19 19:14:56

Bysshe
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Nvidia Graphics driver

It says I have the latest driver installed, but I know it's not working correctly, if I update the xorg.conf file, X won't start.  I also notice when X starts, it says something about "unknown host".   Also, I noticed I can't really complete an installation with pacman since I can't accept the license agreement even if log out of X.  One other problem, If I try to get earlier nvidia drivers, it says I need the Kernel Source, but I'm running kernel 2.6.11.10

So basically, I 'm stuck.  I know part of the problem is that newer drivers do not support my NF2 GTS, but I'm having some real trouble trying to get and install older ones.  I'm trying to use the earliest X.run file on their site, but I'm wondering if I don't just go way back and try to build a package?

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#2 2005-06-19 19:22:42

ozar
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

Bysshe wrote:

I noticed I can't really complete an installation with pacman since I can't accept the license agreement even if log out of X.

I may be misreading your post, but you can't have X running at all when you do pacman -Sy nvidia.

Hope this helps... let us know.  smile


oz

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#3 2005-06-19 19:25:11

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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

hostname should be set in /etc/hosts ,
check this wikipage:
howtos->network...->static ip...

edit: changed a filename


arch + gentoo + initng + python = enlisy

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#4 2005-06-19 19:27:08

Bysshe
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

Yeah, I misworded it.  when I try to install it as after I've logged out of graphical X completely and at a complete blackscreen commandline. 
I just can't seem to be able to get anything to go.  I think it's partially installing, and then just reverting back to a generic driver using the standard installed xorg configuration.

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#5 2005-06-19 19:29:08

Bysshe
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

xerxes2 wrote:

hostname should be set in /etc/resolv.conf ,
check this wikipage:
howtos->network...->static ip...

hmmm...will give that a try.  Also, I'll try posting some logs.  thanks!

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#6 2005-06-19 19:33:29

Bysshe
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

forgive my noobness, but mine's set to "dhcp" because my only network is roadrunner.  I took out the whole static line and replaced it with that.  Don't think I changed anything else, though.

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#7 2005-06-19 19:40:47

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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

it should be /etc/hosts as it says in the wiki,


arch + gentoo + initng + python = enlisy

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#8 2005-06-19 20:00:48

Bysshe
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

Could this be because the driver is incompatible, or is it also because I don't have the right kernel source?

RROR: Unable to load the kernel module 'nvidia.ko'.  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: insmod: error inserting './usr/src/nv/nvidia.ko':
   -1 No such device
-> Kernel messages:
   Disabled Privacy Extensions on device c06ffac0(lo)
   nvidia: no version for "struct_module" found: kernel tainted.
   nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
                                                              300,1         94%

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#9 2005-06-19 20:07:55

Bysshe
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

xerxes2 wrote:

it should be /etc/hosts as it says in the wiki,

done smile

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#10 2005-06-19 20:09:52

Bysshe
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

Here's the thing, though, pacman works fine for everything else, so I guess I need to build my own package???  If I try the earliest xxxxx.run file it just does the same thing.  Tries to tell me my kernel is tainted.

What's the best thing to do at this point?


Log from running nvidia's installer:

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you li
   ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel f
   rom the NVIDIA ftp site (ftp://download.nvidia.com)? (Answer: Yes)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
   this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
   your kernel.
ERROR: The kernel header file
       '/lib/modules/2.6.11.10-ARCH/build/include/linux/modversions.h' does not
       exist.  The most likely reason for this is that the kernel header files
       in '/lib/modules/2.6.11.10-ARCH/build/include' have not been
       configured.
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.
                                                              43,1          Bot


---Does anyone think it will work if I build a package from source, or is there a much bigger underlying problem?

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#11 2005-06-19 20:44:04

Karma XXL
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

Bysshe wrote:

Here's the thing, though, pacman works fine for everything else, so I guess I need to build my own package???  If I try the earliest xxxxx.run file it just does the same thing.  Tries to tell me my kernel is tainted.

What's the best thing to do at this point?

I haven't used the nvidia driver in the repo, because it didn't set up the GLX at once, so I went with the NVIDIA-Installer method.

I don't know your card, but the last working (and the only working) drivers for >2.6.10 are the 1.0-7174 drivers.

Download the installer, shut X down and run the installer as root.

Make sure that you're using the same GCC package as your kernel is built with. So if you're using a stock kernel, make sure you have gcc 3.4.3-2 installed through pacman.

"Module license taints the kernel" is a license issue, and you shouldn't care about it. It doesn't do any harm.

The other one is... that's more serious.

Are you using a stock or a custom-built kernel?
Do you have the "testing" repo enabled?

If the module is inserted properly, and it still doesn't work, post the error from /var/log/Xorg.0.log too.


Ailen:
Kernel: Linux 2.6.14-rc4-ck1 #1 PREEMPT
Built on: Mon Oct 17 14:51:37 CEST 2005
Hardware: Mobile AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 2800+ AuthenticAMD
WM: E17 snapshot 20051016

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#12 2005-06-19 20:48:42

Karma XXL
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

Bysshe wrote:

---Does anyone think it will work if I build a package from source, or is there a much bigger underlying problem?

Have you deleted your stock kernel sources? I still have them even though I use a custom patchset.

You should reinstall kernel26 with a nice:

pacman -S kernel26

Ailen:
Kernel: Linux 2.6.14-rc4-ck1 #1 PREEMPT
Built on: Mon Oct 17 14:51:37 CEST 2005
Hardware: Mobile AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 2800+ AuthenticAMD
WM: E17 snapshot 20051016

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#13 2005-06-19 21:28:16

Bysshe
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

Thanks, man, this is actually the first time I've gotten nvidia drivers installed.
Nothing works right without it, unless you just like staring at your boring desktop. 

It was the driver.
smile

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#14 2005-06-20 04:40:04

Bysshe
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Re: Nvidia Graphics driver

Next question:

are there ever updates for kernel26-scsi?  Or is there a way to update it while still utilizing scsi?

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