kernel source and nVidia drivers - Bigger Question - now just need solution

Bob Hartung rwhart at mchsi.com
Tue Jan 17 02:30:35 UTC 2006


Jeff and J.K.
   There is no build subdirectory under:
    /lib/modules/2.6.14-1.1656_FC4
   This persists after a yum erase kernel-devel and a
   yum install kernel-devel ...

  can I just mkdir build and try this again?

Bob



Jeff Vian wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-01-16 at 19:41 -0600, Bob Hartung wrote:
> 
>>Alright now,  I have made progress.
>>
>>uname --all reports:
>>
>>Linux minitwr 2.6.14-1.1656_FC4 #1 Thu Jan 5 22:14:13 EST 2006 i686 
>>athlon i386 GNU/Linux
>>
>>This tells me that I have a i386 kernel installed. right?
>>
> 
> No.  You have the i686 kernel on i386 architecture just like I do.
> 
> [jeff at eagle ~]$ uname -a
> Linux eagle 2.6.14-1.1656_FC4 #1 Thu Jan 5 22:13:22 EST 2006 i686 athlon
> i386 GNU/Linux
> 
> I do see a difference in the timestamp on the kernel though (which might
> be due to clock differences??).
> 
> 
>>rpm -qa | grep kernel reports:
>>   kernel-doc-2.6.14-1.1656_FC4
>>   kernel-2.6.14-1.1656_FC4
>>   kernel-devel-2.6.14-1.1656_FC4
>>
>>Now I now that the kernel-headers are for i686.  As the error I get 
>>after running the nVidia installer is that I have the wrong kernel 
>>source installed, i can only surmise that the difference is between i386 
>>and i686.  Right?
>>
>>So now, how can i force yum to upgrade/install the current i686 kernel 
>>to replace the i386 kernel that I am currently running?
>>
> 
> You have the proper kernel per your output above.
> 
> It may be that the kernel-devel package is not properly installed.
> Try "yum erase kernel-devel-2.6.14-1.1656_FC4"
> then "yum install kernel-devel"
> 
> Also make certain that the installer you got from nvidia is the correct
> one for Linux. The package I downloaded from them and worked for me was:
>        NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8178-pkg1.run
> 
> If that does not resolve it then try rebooting to an older kernel,
> remove the 1656 kernel (with a command similar to what was given for the
> kernel-devel package), and reinstall the new kernel as well.
> 
> Note that yum works from the command line so you do not _have_ to have
> the video driver working to do the erase and install commands.
> 
> 
>>If you think I am completely wrong - say so!  I do want to keep up on 
>>this as I will eventually better understand what I did wrong and 
>>therfore avoid repeating it and maybe be able to help someone else.
>>
>>by the by, I am not a computer scientist, but a physician and i am glad 
>>that I am a hell of a lot handier with an angiograhic catheter and a CT 
>>scanner or MRI than I am proving to be with the linux kernel, yum and 
>>all the repositories that i am slowly finding out about.
>>
>>Thanks again for putting up with this drivel.
>>
> 
> We all have to learn new things. Don't be embarrassed at asking
> questions.
> 
> 
>>Bob Hartung
>>
> 
> 




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