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Re: [SLE] Nvidia driver update on/off line
  • From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 16:14:51 +0100
  • Message-id: <40A4E26B.3090500@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
dries wrote:

Thanks for the reply, but my main reason to try to use Yast2 anyway is that i don't wanna have my kernel sources installed. Besides, i think it's still a bit weird that kernel sources are needed to just install a graphics driver (and by the way why does that have to be X megabytes ?). So, your mail has changed my mind, i think i will not upgrade and leave the 3D stuff for what it is. . . .

Isn't there a RPM that install's the nVidia driver without all the problems and complexeties ? Or is that illegal with this closed source driver ??

Grtz Dries

You need the kernel sources as the nvidia driver contains one precompiled proprietary module and a number of source files that reference kernel include files. For licensing reasons, SuSE cannot supply NVidia's driver in the distro, so each individual must build it, there are no RPM's, nvidia discontinued them.
I'm having a problem building under 2.6.6-mm kernels, 9.1 compile fails with errors, I haven't tried building it standalone under the SuSE kernel to see if it works. I can use 2.6.6-rc3-mm2 which I built on 9.0 together with the nvidia driver.
I've also seen some posts on the kernel mailing list that says SuSE issued a mangled gcc-3.3.3 in 9.1 and recommending upgrade to gcc-3.4.0, no RPM's about at present and it's quite a while since I built a new gcc and associated stuff, working out the build options can be tiresome and I don't know if I can trust the SuSE gcc options to do the trick.

Sid Boyce .... Hamradio G3VBV and keen Flyer
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