[PlanetCCRMA] HOWTO: Installing Nvidia Drivers on 2.6.10-0.6.rdt.rhfc3.ccrma

Spec specialaka@blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Feb 28 16:03:02 2005

I was wondering why opengl was running so slow on my geforce2 card, so 
did some reading, have to install drivers from nvidia rather than the 
standard "nv" driver used...
I read a bit and then found standard driver wouldnt compile, read 
further got patches, compiled and seems to work OK now heres what I 
did,  (includes snips from various helpful posts)

1. get driver from nvidia site
bah - doesn't compile oot the box
2. read aboot patches
3. get accumulated patches
4. do following to get to and from run mode 3
su -
telinit 3
may need ctl-alt-f1 for console
# ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6629-pkg1.run --extract-only
# cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6629-pkg1
# patch -p0 < NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-6629-02.28.2004.diff.txt
think he made a date error here (the classic... up to 3 months after?) 
the article date is 28/2/2005 (see above link at 2.)
# ./nvidia-installer
that compiles OK says something about kernel tainted - appreciate 
further info on that
5. edit "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
Device section and replace the line:
        Driver "nv"
    (or Driver "vesa")
        Driver "nvidia" 
In the Module section, make sure you have:
        Load   "glx"
You should also remove the following lines:
       Load  "dri"
        Load  "GLcore"
6. if you dont want nvidia splash screen
Just add the line:
Option "NoLogo"
To the "Device" section of your xorg.conf
7.  Load new driver and configure for FC3 udev
modprobe nvidia
cp -a /dev/nvidia* /etc/udev/devices
chown root.root /etc/udev/devices/nvidia*
8. Also a note about potential conflicting driver
I have not done this yet, not noticed 3d accelerated apps running slow 
(I'll check Wolf ET again one of these days)
You may need to remove some conflicting files, only do this if 3d 
accelerated apps do not appear to be working.
rpm -e --nodeps xorg-x11-Mesa-libGL
NOTE: If you update any "xorg-x11" package with up2date or yum, you will 
have to do the above command again.

Bingo! - 60fps fullscreen in GLSlideShow where it was getting 0.5 
before.  Nice.

would appreciate comments about any effect on realtime performance after 
having done this, will post feedback as it occurs.  Hope someone can 
also verify wot I dun is OK also. TIA.