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Old 18th November 2006, 04:28 PM
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Some help installing latest nvidia driver please

I have a Dell Precision M60 laptop and there is a problem with it coming out of suspend mode. I read that this is due to an issue in the nvidia drivers that is fixed in later versions. I think I have version #8776 wheras the latest(non-beta) on the nvidia site is 9629. I can't figure out how to get this from yum, I think I originally got this version installed via frog. I tried looking in yum etender for updates but I don't see anything, and i'm' pretty sure I enabled livna repos.

I also tried to install it with the installer provided by nvidia, but fedora doesn't like that I guess. Says it can't find the kernel module on boot.
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Old 18th November 2006, 06:24 PM
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Open a terminal and as root:
Code:
yum install yumex
then from Applications>System Tools>click-Yum Extender enter root psswd
and yumex will load all of your repo data and show what you have installed.

Takes yumex a while to load all of the data so be patient even if it looks like
nothing is happening.Once everything has been loaded you can view what repos
you have enabled and if in fact you have Livna as one. Go to the left pane and
click on "Update" you will see the updates that are available and can select what
you want to update. The latest Nvidia stuff should be listed there.

Check it out,should be pretty straightforward and little grief,works for me.
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Old 18th November 2006, 06:44 PM
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Well, I've already tried using yumex, and there are no updates available for nvidia from livna.

I am running fedora core 5.

Maybe the latest drivers are only in core 6 repos? Do I have to do something special to get those?

How hard is it to upgrade to core 6 entirely? Can I do this without a complete reinstall? Do things break much on upgrades?
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Old 18th November 2006, 10:23 PM
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Peepsalot said:
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How hard is it to upgrade to core 6 entirely? Can I do this without a complete reinstall? Do things break much on upgrades?
Personally I've not had very good luck with upgrading to a new release and have
found it to be quicker to do a fresh install after backing up my home data.
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Old 18th November 2006, 10:56 PM
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Well in that case, is there just some way I can get these drivers without upgrading.

This is driving me crazy, can't I just download an rpm directly instead of this yum crap.

This is my work computer and I really can't afford to waste any more time with another complete reinsall.
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Old 18th November 2006, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by peepsalot
Well in that case, is there just some way I can get these drivers without upgrading.

This is driving me crazy, can't I just download an rpm directly instead of this yum crap.

This is my work computer and I really can't afford to waste any more time with another complete reinsall.
Hello:
If there are no available rpms, then you have a couple of options:
You can download the binaries from nvidia and give that a whirl if you like. No reason it should not work, however, there may be some risks. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedo.../msg01565.html
Or,
You can build your own rpm


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Old 19th November 2006, 12:21 AM
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Well, like I said in my first post, I already downloaded the binaries from nvidia, but it didn't work. It installed things to the wrong directory or something. When I boot up now, it says it can't find the right kernel module. So maybe someone can help me fix the broken install.

I think I already have the binaries installed somewhere on my computer, they just aren't in the right place.
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Old 19th November 2006, 01:06 AM
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Well, like
Hello:
Did you by any chance follow the install instructions ?
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=72490

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Old 19th November 2006, 04:34 AM
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Well, I hadn't tried those instructions, but I have now, and I'm still in the same predicament.

When I boot it says
unable to find nvidia.ko for kernel 2.6.18-1.2239.fc5

Attached is my latest install log. On previous attempts, I didn't get this error about the symbolic link that is in this log.
Code:
ERROR: File '/usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so' is not a symbolic
       link.
But I don't know what to make of it since i look at the file on my filesystem, and it is a symbolic link.
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Old 19th November 2006, 04:37 AM
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Hello:
From a terminal, what is the output of:
rpm -aq | grep nvidia

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Old 19th November 2006, 04:37 AM
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agh it didn't like the .log fileextension. here is the log.
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File Type: txt nvidia-installer.log.txt (30.1 KB, 71 views)
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Old 19th November 2006, 04:42 AM
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Here are the results to that command:
Code:
kmod-nvidia-1.0.8776-1.2.6.18_1.2239.fc5
xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-1.0.8776-1.lvn5
I don't understand any of this though. A minute ago I ran the same command and it listed like 4 or 5 things.
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Old 19th November 2006, 04:49 AM
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Also, the instructions you linked me to don't ever say when to actually run the nvidia install. Are those steps supposed to be done before or after?

And the wording of this line is confusing to me
Quote:
* the SELinux environment allows the NVIDIA Linux graphics driver to work (only for drivers older than 1.0-9629 and 1.0-7184 (legacy), respectively)
So does that mean I don't need to worry about SELinux for the 9629 version I am trying to install?

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Old 19th November 2006, 04:49 AM
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Here are the results to that command:
Code:
kmod-nvidia-1.0.8776-1.2.6.18_1.2239.fc5
xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-1.0.8776-1.lvn5
I don't understand any of this though. A minute ago I ran the same command and it listed like 4 or 5 things.
Hello:
Okay ... you need to uninstall the livna nVidia driver before you attempt to install the binaries from nvidia

logged in as root using
su -
yourpassword

yum --enablerepo=livna remove kmod-nvida

Once that is done, make sure that SELinux is disabled for the time being.
Then reboot your machine

Double check that you have the correct packages installed, if you have not already done so. {the one's denoted on the installation link}

Then install the binaries from nvidia again.
Once it is done installing and before your restart X
at the command line type

modprobe nvidia

then reboot your machine and see how it goes.

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Old 19th November 2006, 04:57 AM
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Also, the instructions you linked me to don't ever say when to actually run the nvidia install. Are those steps supposed to be done before or after?
Hello:
Not sure I follow you?
First, make sure that you have the rpms installed per the instructions:
yum install kernel-devel xorg-x11-server-sdk pkgconfig
yum update
reboot
Login as usual:
Then Ctrl Alt F1
login as root
then type
init 3
to kill the X server
if it hangs then hit
Ctrl ALt F1 again
type init 3 to confirm that the X server is not running
Then
cd /wherever/you/saved/thedrivers
then run the install script

Just make sure you have SELinux disbaled for the time being if the rest is confusing.

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