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Subject2.5/2.6 NVidia (was Re: 2.4 vs 2.6 ver#
On Tue, 05 Aug 2003 18:07:00 EDT, you said:

> Now, the factory nvidia drivers will not build for 2.6, so I don't
> have any X. Whats the status of the kernel versions vis-a-vis
> running a gforce2 MMX 32 megger?

(Sorry for replying to the list, but let's get this into the archives in case
people actually search before asking... (yeah right ;))

I'm running the NVidia 4496 drivers right now on 2.6.0-test2-mm4.

Do the following (can be done on a 2.4 kernel if needed)

1) Get the 4496 drivers from NVidia
2) './ --extract-only'
3) Go to and get the patch: NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4496-2.5.diff
4) cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2/usr/src/nv
5) patch -p1 < NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4496-2.5.diff
6) cp Makefile.kbuild Makefile

Now *as root*, while running the 2.6 kernel you want support for:
(either single-user or runlevel 3 (No X) are OK here - reboot if needed)

7) cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2/usr/src/nv if you're not there already.
8) make this will build the nvidia.ko, copy to /lib/modules, and insmod it for you.
9) cd ../../.. back to the 4496-pgk2 directory
10) 'make install' to put the /usr/lib parts in place.
11) Start X in the usual manner - you've probably got an XFconfig file with the right
NVidia pieces in it already (or you'd not be asking ;)

Hope this helps...
You should be ready to go at that point (note that you will need to do (7) and (8)
each time you do a 'make modules_install', but 9/10 only need doing if/when you
upgrade from 4496 to a new version.

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