Can't start X with Nvidia
I just got a new motherboard and cpu: asus a7n266-vm with amd xp 1800. I
currently having about 128MiB of DDRAM. In the bios I have set the agp
ram to 32MiB. The machine is currently running sarge.
As noted from the recent discussions on compiling nvidia modules, I
followed the recommended procedure and could sucessfully compile and
install nvidia-kernel and nvidia-glx modules for the kernel 2.4.20 that
I am running. I have also installed the kernel-headers-2.4.20 package.
When I modprobe NVdriver, I get the following message:
Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/video/NVdriver will
taint the kernel: non-GPL license - NVIDIA
See http://www.tux.org/lkml/#export-tainted for information about
nvidia: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 NVdriver Kernel Module 1.0-3123 Tue
Aug 27 15:56:48 PDT 2002
Module NVdriver loaded, with warnings
I hope it is ok.
As specified, the relevant sections in my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 look
#Load "GLcore" <--- removed
#Load "dri" <--- removed
Load "glx" <--- included
But, when I run startx, it fails with the following message:
XFree86 Version 4.2.1 (Debian 4.2.1-3 20021016191246 email@example.com) / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6600)
Release Date: 3 September 2002
If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
reporting problems. (See http://www.XFree86.Org/)
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.18 i686 [ELF]
Module Loader present
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Sat Jan 18 20:26:18 2003
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config-4"
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVdriver kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***
But, lsmod shows NVdriver as loaded.
The FAQ mentions this might be due to kernel mismatch. But, I redid
everything a couple of times and checked the links, etc. All seem to be
Can someone help me to get X running on this machine?
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