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Nvidia graphics card drivers

I'm trying to install Nvidia drivers. The install script fails when trying to build a kernel interface module complaining that I don't have the kernel source development module installed.

I have Fedora Core 6 DVD that has many RPM's and maybe the kernel source development modules.

Can someone guide me in finding the correct module and installing it.

Thanks for any help.
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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

kernel-smp-devel is your friend. This installs the necessary components that should allow the nvidia modules to be compiled.
One long-haired git at your service...
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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

Thanks Stuart !

I found that file, downloaded the RPM and ran the RPM install. All went successfully but the NVIDIA script still fails complaining that it couldn't find the kernel source development tree. The script gives the option to manually enter the path.

Any clue about what the kernel source development tree path might be ?

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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

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My system is x86 Duel core 64 bit processor 3 gigs ram 3.4 ghz running Fedora Core 6 on its own 160 gig SATA drive turning at 7000. The NVIDIA card is the 7800 I think, I didn't look inside the box yet. I'm running off the DVI port of the card.

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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

More info:
Card is 7300. Kernel is vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2849.fc6xen
I'm still looking for the source development path.
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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

Still more info:
I found /usr/src/Redhat directory. It is empty. The /usr/src/kernels directory contained the files extracted by my download attempts. I removed the kernels directory and will try again.
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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

Shalom,

if all development kernel rpms are installed, you may need to get and compile code from the graphics card maker.

I'm a little surprised FC6 doesn't support it. Its hardware support is pretty wide. I just migrated my personal laptop to ubuntu because I was quite tired of messing around with FC6 Atheros wireless supported and wnated it to work out of the box.

Make sure the system has been fully yummed and that the version number of the development package is the same as the kernel you booted.

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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

Thanks Steven; I'm still looking.

I found this package:
kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.x86_64.rpm
which I think is what I need. RPM from the GUI complains that a newer version is already installed, however, it doesn't say where.
Maybe I need to run the RPM uninstall to clean the notations files.

How to do RPM uninstall ??

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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

Still trying; now I'm getting:
[root@veb2 veb]# rpm -e kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.x86_64.rpm
error: package kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.x86_64.rpm is not installed
[root@veb2 veb]# rpm -i kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.x86_64.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
/usr/sbin/hardlink is needed by kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.x86_64

Now I'm looking for how to get /usr/sbin/hardlink

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Re: Nvidia graphics card drivers

Still trying; now I'm getting:


[root@veb2 veb]# rpm -e kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.x86_64.rpm
error: package kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.x86_64.rpm is not installed
[root@veb2 veb]# rpm -i kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.x86_64.rpm
package kernel-smp-devel-2.6.17-1.2143_FC4 (which is newer than kernel-smp-devel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4) is already installed

When I try to uninstall, it is not installed; when I try to install, it is already installed ???

How can I get out of that loop?