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Bug 68912 - 2.4.18-5 NVidia driver module won't install
2.4.18-5 NVidia driver module won't install
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2002-07-15 17:52 EDT by Frazer Williams
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:44 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-07-15 22:56:41 EDT
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Description Frazer Williams 2002-07-15 17:52:24 EDT
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Description of problem:
Using up2date I updated from 2.4.18-4 to 2.4.18-5.  The system rebooted
under the new kernel fine, but barfed on trying to start X windows.  My
video card is NVidia GeForce2 MXR.  Further investigation showed the NVidia
driver was not in the modules/2.4.8-5 directory.  I copied the driver from the
2.4.18-4 directory and attempted an insmod on it.  The insmod failed because of
several unresolved dependencies.

The computer is new and 2.4.18-4 was installed on it by Dell.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot the 2.4.18-5 kernel
2. Login and try to start X or try to insmod the NVdriver module

Actual Results:  X refused to start and I couldn't insmod NVdriver because of
unresolved dependencies.

Expected Results:  Either X should have started, or at least I should have been
able to insmod NVdriver

Additional info:
Comment 1 Frazer Williams 2002-07-15 19:40:22 EDT
After looking at the Loadable Kernel MOdule HOWTO, and the outputs of
the insmod NVdriver errors and cat /proc/ksyms under the 2.4.28-5 kernel, I
think the problem is related to symbol versioning.  For example, insmod

   /lib/modules/2.4.18-5/kernel/drivers/video/NVdriver: unresolved symbol

whereas I find the following symbol in /proc/ksyms

   c01ab960 pci_read_config_word_R4433deb0

Under 2.4.18-4, the symbol the driver wants is available in /proc/ksyms.
Comment 2 Clark Tompsett 2002-07-15 22:56:36 EDT
You need to recompile the Nvidia driver against the 2.4.18-5 source code.  I
have to do a make mrproper, make oldconfig, make dep then go to the directory
with the Nvidia source and rebuild the driver.  I do this with the 2.4.18-5
kernel booted.
Comment 3 Arjan van de Ven 2002-07-16 02:44:17 EDT
Yes you need to compile kernel modules against the kernel you want to load them in.
You don't need a make mrproper or anything; just the kernel-source installed
should work. 

However nvidia driver is not supported, closing as NOTABUG

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