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[opensuse] Re: Nvidia GFX kernel modules for older 11.1-kernel 2.6.27.7-9, anywhere?
  • From: Joachim Schrod <jschrod@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:51:07 +0200
  • Message-id: <h2antb$rnk$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Manfred Hollstein wrote:
On Mon, 29 Jun 2009, 14:04:04 +0200, Joachim Schrod wrote:
Per Jessen wrote:
Joachim Schrod wrote:

I'm looking for the proprietary Nvidia driver (kernel module) for a
GeForce FX 5200 graphics card. A rpm is supposed to be at
http://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/11.1/, named
nvidia-gfxG01-kmp-pae.

But there is only a RPM for the most current 11.1 kernel, version
2.6.27.23_0.1. I need one for kernel 2.6.27.7-9. (I can't use the
most current kernel since VMware Server 1 doesn't work properly
with it anymore.)

Is there anywhere a repository archive for older versions where I
can fetch a respective RPM for my kernel?
Alternatively, is there another possibility to install that driver?

If the actual nvidia driver isn't any different, you could just install
the latest rpm with --force ?

Of course, I tried that already... :-) That doesn't work, the
kernel modules don't fit. (The error message at insmod time is
"Invalid module format".)

Actually, I didn't expect them to work, calling insmod was pure
mischief. From my VMware problems I know that quite a lot seemed to
have happened between 2.6.27.7 and 2.6.27.23.

Dunno for how long it'll work, but the following site helped me:


<http://www.insecure.ws/2008/10/20/vmware-specific-specific-55x-and-kernel-2627>

That's the patch I'm using that works on 2.6.27.7. Starting with
the upgrade to 2.6.27.21 (and now 2.6.27.23), Windows clients use
100% CPU time all the time. Linux clients are OK. Windows clients
also have serious problems with clock thrift.

Between 2.6.27.7 and 2.6.27.21/2.6.27.23 are quite some changes in
SUSE's kernel config that concern the clock, virtualization, and
others, IIRC. Maybe if one changes some of them back, it might work
again.

But my next step will probably be to try Workstation 6.5 on a trial
system and see if it has the same problem or not. Actually, the
NVidia setup is one of the few things missing to get a new
workstation working so that I can use the old ones for such
experiments... ;-)

Joachim

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