[PlanetCCRMA] CCRMA Video Issue

Gareth Foster earthwormgaz at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 14:25:33 PST 2012


About this email trail below, is this still the case on F16? Can I
install a patched version of the NVIDIA driver from CCRMA that will

I'd love to use the open source drivers, but they turn Macbooks into
George Fornby grills :(



----- Original Message -----
From: "Fernando Lopez-Lezcano" <nando at ccrma.Stanford.EDU> 
To: "Bob Wilkinson" <wilkinson.bob at comcast.net> 
Cc: planetccrma at ccrma.Stanford.EDU 
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:55:31 PM 
Subject: Re: [PlanetCCRMA] CCRMA Video Issue 

On 10/25/2011 05:50 AM, Bob Wilkinson wrote: 
> Everyone, 
> I now am at a loss. 
> I just bought a new video card for my PC, based on the NVidia GeForce 
> GT520, and installed it. I wanted to use the Nouveau drivers, as they 
> worked perfectly on my older PC that died. I installed FC14 64 bit
> spin, and updated to the latest version of everything, and the
> driver did not recognize that I had two monitors attached. After
> with it for more hours than I would care to count, I gave up and
> the RPMFusion akmod nvidia drivers. 
> Success! I got both screens working. They aren't as nice as the
> method, but they work. I then installed the RT kernel, and that's
> the trouble started. X simply wouldn't boot. Nothing - nada. I booted 
> back into the production Fedora kernel, and removed the RT kernel. I 
> then removed the akmod NVidia driver. I reinstalled the RT kernel, and
> started - albeit with only one screen. 

The rt kernel needs a patched version of the akmod package, the
one from rpmfusion will not build on rt patched kernels. An akmod 
package is available from the planetccrma-testing repository. You also 
have to make sure you have the kernel-*-devel package installed before 
trying to reboot into the rt kernel, otherwise the akmod package will 
not be able to build the corresponding rpm. 

> Having done more and more searching, the Nouveau wiki states that I 
> should be using the 3.1 kernel or newer for this video card, or
> the driver from that kernel. Any clue how to do this? Is it worth the 
> work? 

3.1 was released _yesterday_ so it is unlikely to be available for 
distros for a while :-) The only recent rt patch for the 3.x series is 
for 3.0.7. 

> Should I just go to NVidia's site and pull their driver and 
> install it? 

That will not fix the problem with the rt patched kernels. 

-- Fernando 

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