Nvidia driver installation under Gentoo

Posted on 2004-10-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hello linux experts,

I'm having a few problems installing the NVidia drivers for linux, I'm pretty new to linux (Gentoo probably wasn't the best choice, but thought I'd jump in at the deep end) so please bare with me.

I'm using an Optiplex GX110 which has an onboard intel graphics card of some desciption, there is no way to disable this card in the bios - it's either auto (which is what I have selected) or on. I believe this card is basically always on, whether there is a second graphics card or not, I don't know if this is relevant. Anyway, I have installed a pci geforce 4 graphics card in the machine as well because I need TV-out.

I have installed Gentoo 2004.2 on the machine, with the 2.6.9 kernel from - I couldn't use the gentoo-dev-sources kernel because I'm using the linuxtv cvs driver patches, and these don't work with that kernel. I started off with just using the standard drivers which came with the kernel, but I now wish to use the proper NVidia drivers which is where I have problems.

When I try emerge nvidia-glx it gets blocked, I think this is because it wants xfree as opposed to xorg but I'm not sure (although I don't remember having installed either, but I've compiled a few packages with a lot of dependencies - mysql, qt, mythtv). I don't really want to remove xorg, partly because I don't know what I'm doing, and partly because xorg is considered better than xfree.

I've also tried running the NVidia driver installation package from, however when I do this it tells me that there is no available precompiled kernel, it goes on to try to create one, but says its unable to load the kernel module - probably because it was built using the wrong kernel.

In conclusion, I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm learning right? Please help, and remember to keep it simple!

Thanks, Pete
Question by:Veggers
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    Just found out the NVidia kernel doesn't work with the latest kernel (2.6.9) but there are a few patches out to fix it, so I'll give them a try...
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    Found a suitable patch, which will do until NVidia bring out a new driver:

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