Nvidia driver

Claude Jones cjones at levitjames.com
Tue Aug 26 13:55:37 UTC 2008

On Tue August 26 2008 9:20:00 am Per Anton Rønning wrote:
> rpm -qa | grep kernel returns this:
> kernel-PAE-
> kernel-headers-
> kerneloops-0.11-1.fc9.i386
> kernel-PAE-
> kernel-
> And this seems to be the same as the last result.
> My machine has 4 GiB ram installed,  of which 3.7 GiB is effective.
> uname -a gives:
> Linux localhost.localdomain #1 SMP Mon Aug 4
> 13:57:11 EDT 2008 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
> I sent a posting about some progress in the matter (my last one) - but I
> still seem to miss something (ref posting)

well, one thing that's wrong is that you're running the PAE kernel with less 
than 4 GB of memory...I don't think that has anything to do with your nvidia 
problem, but, if it were me, I'd remove the PAE kernel - it has no business 
being even installed on your machine

after you've done that, you might want to install the kernel-devel for your 
running kernel (after a reboot) - if you're using the Livna nvidia driver and 
modules, I don't think this is strictly necessary, but, it won't hurt - 
somebody correct me here
I run the nvidia driver from freshrpms which has a very nice feature - 
"install and forget" - with the Livna driver, you have to update the Livna 
nvidia module for your kernel every time there's a kernel update (unless 
that's changed) - with the freshrpms method, you install the nvidia driver 
once, and that also pulls in a script that runs every subsequent boot-time; it 
checks your nvidia driver module against the kernel that's booting, and if 
it's not current, it builds a new module "on the fly" without any intervention 
on your part, but, I'm digressing
again, I'm not certain you need the kernel-devel installed for your running 
kernel using the Livna driver (you definitely need it if you go the freshrpms 
route), but, installing it takes up little space, and doesn't hurt, so, you 
may want to try it, unless someone else chimes in and definitely tells you you 
don't need it

as regards the rest of your installed kernel related packages, you are fine - 
there was an issue at one point of i586 and i686 packages getting installed 
for the running kernel, causing various problems
Claude Jones
Leesburg, VA

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