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18th April 2004, 04:50 PM
Apparently it is difficult to get Nvidia nForce motherboards to work. Nvidia does provide drivers, but under a proprietary style license (http://www.nvidia.com/object/nv_swlicense.html).

The current version of Nvidia's nForce driver page is here (http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_nforce_1.0-0274.html). Also see the readme.
The main nVidia Linux driver page is here (http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux.html).

Nvidia doesn't build for Feodra, nor does the main Fedora build, but rpm.livna.org (http://rpm.livna.org) does. If you use yum to update software add this to /etc/yum.conf:

name=Livna.org Fedora Compatible Packages (stable)
baseurl= http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/$releasever/$basearch/yum/stable

#name=Livna.org Fedora Compatible Packages (unstable)

#name=Livna.org Fedora Compatible Packages (testing)

(There is a mirror (ftp://ftp.uninett.no/pub/linux/Fedora-contrib/rpm.livna.org/1/i386/RPMS.stable).)
Update your kernel to the latest by running yum update kernel or using the update icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

If you're using yum try running yum install kernel-module-nvidia

If not get the appropriate kernel-module-nvidia rpm. Run uname -p to see what processor type to get. Then download, change to root, and install:
su -
<enter root password>
rpm -ivh <rpm filename>

Also see the nvidia-glx rpms, I believe they are for graphics cards.

Disclaimer: I don't have nvidia.

18th April 2004, 10:54 PM
What is this and where do I get it.
(yum update kernel)

18th April 2004, 11:13 PM
yum update kernel is a command to make the yum software updater get the latest kernel. You can run this in a terminal window. The same thing can be accomplished by running up2date with the update icon in the bottom right corner. Just be sure to update the kernel.

I'll edit this to make it more clear.

22nd April 2004, 03:25 AM
I'm a newbie and 2 days ago I installed Fedora Core 1. Installation went well with the exception of the integrated Nic not being recognized. I've been searching and reading whatever I can to fix this.
I dl a file from NVidia for Linux and though they didn't list my distribution, they gave an alternate one to use if yours wasn't listed. It seemed cumbersome having to unpack, create files, install from tar, etc. Maybe it just seems this way because it's all new to me or is there an easier way.

How do I update my kernel first, when I have no functioning nic? Does each distribution have it's own kernels? I did check to see what version I have and it came up with 2.4.22.

Any advice is greatly appreciated...thx

22nd April 2004, 10:55 PM
This is supposed to be the easier way. At the rpm.livna.org site there are rpms built for the Nvidia drivers that could not be packaged with Fedora.

About the driver problem, maybe get the files on some media somehow (CD-R, USB drive, floppy?) from a machine with Internet. It is kind of hard to download network card drivers when your card doesn't work.

About the kernel version, Fedora uses a stable 2.4.22 release and adds features from later kernels. Yes, backporting seems backwards, but it combines stability with features.

To find out your kernel, run uname -r in a terminal.

23rd April 2004, 04:21 PM
I'm determined to get this up and running........

I did the uname -p and got athlon.

I did the uname -r and got 2.4.22-1.2115.nptl

I could of sworn when I did this earlier it came up with the last 4 digits being 2174.

Anyway, the only kernel-module-nvidia I find is 2174 for athlon (i.e. kernel-module-nvidia-2.4.22-1.2174.nptl-1.0.4620-0.lvn.18.1.athlon.rpm.

I've checked folders rpms and srpms. How do you know what folder to use.

I dl the above module and figured out that I had to mount my floppy to view the disk. I right-click and select open with to install package. I'm prompted for the root password which I entered and it begins Preparing System Update.

I then get excited that everything appeared to be going through the processes okay, but then I get this RED X informing me Packages not found. Installation cannot continue until they're installed (/usr/sbin/nvidia-config-xfree86 and nvidia-glx).

So I'm now trying to find these 2 packages.

23rd April 2004, 04:37 PM
I found the following kernel.......

I'm guessing that since my kernel version 2.4.22-1.2115 needs to be upgraded to 2.4.22-1.2174 so that the nvidia package for 2174 will install correctly.

23rd April 2004, 05:14 PM
First, I upgraded the kernel satisfactorily to 2.4.22-1.2174.nptl

Next, when I go to install the package (kernel-module-nvidia-2.4.22-1.2174.nptl-1.0.4620-0.lvn.18.1.athlon.rpm) it begins to run, but then I get the RED X stating packages not found.

(i.e.Installation cannot continue until they're installed (/usr/sbin/nvidia-config-xfree86 and nvidia-glx)

I can't seem to find whatever these packages are. Any ideas?
thx much for your help.

23rd April 2004, 09:14 PM
check this link:
I found it by doing a google search. It is for dedian, but might work for you
Also found this from nvidia:

25th April 2004, 01:55 PM
My problem is not with video, but rather with the Nic not being recognized. The mb has a NVIDIA chipset. This is my only problem, but has been a major one since it's been a week now and I've still been unable to get this resolved. This is only one workstation.

29th April 2004, 04:46 AM
Originally posted by pvtpilot
My problem is not with video, but rather with the Nic not being recognized. The mb has a NVIDIA chipset. This is my only problem, but has been a major one since it's been a week now and I've still been unable to get this resolved. This is only one workstation.
You should install the GFX drivers from nVidia and not the kernel module with slow yum. Compile it your own. Its easy.
and the README for help.

Then with with your nForce mobo NIC are 2 solutions. With the kernel 2.4.xxx by Fedora you should install http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_nforce_1.0-0261

this driver from the source. You need for both to install the kernel source from Fedora, maybe others like GCC, glibc-devel to compile this.

With Kernel 2.6 there is a easier and better thing. The forcedeth NIC driver.

included in 2.6.5 and runs good with ADSL here.


11th May 2004, 11:23 PM
I had big stability problems using nividia's own installer and had much better luck installing the rpms provided by livna through yum.


I have the nForce 1 chipset but I've not tried to install the drivers for it since I need neither LAN nor sound, so I'm afraid I can't help you with that.

12th May 2004, 03:55 AM
Updated with yum and other improvements.

Please keep help requests to a minimum in this thread and use the other forums for troubleshooting.