This will probably be fixed by the time Fedora 9 is released, but I had trouble getting the NVidia drivers to work.
I tried the rpm packages from AtRPMS, but I couldn’t get them to work. First of all, they forced me to downgrade to the kernel version 2.6.25-1 (I was at 2.6.25-8). Then, they didn’t install the nvidia-settings program and didn’t update xorg.conf. Finally, when I tried to update xorg.conf, XWindows wouldn’t start.
So, I decided to manually install the drivers.
The latest version that I found on the website was:
I had to update to the latest kernel release again because I couldn’t find drivers for the one that I was on. And, when I tried to compile it, I got an error. Looking in /var/log/nvidia-installer.log, I found:
/tmp/selfgz5981/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12-pkg1/usr/src/nv/nv-vm.c: In function
implicit declaration of function ‘global_flush_tlb’
make: *** [/tmp/selfgz5981/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12-pkg1/usr/src/nv/nv-vm.
o] Error 1
make: *** [_module_/tmp/selfgz5981/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12-pkg1/usr/src/n
v] Error 2
make: *** [sub-make] Error 2
NVIDIA: left KBUILD.
nvidia.ko failed to build!
make: *** [module] Error 1
make: *** [module] Error 2
Then, I found an FTP link where later drivers were listed. I tried the 173.08 version. After manually deleting a broken link created by the previous install (/usr/lib/xorg/modules/libwfb.so), it compiled without a problem. But, I could not start the XWindows.
Here is what I got:
(EE) module ABI major version (0) doesn't match the server's version (1)
(EE) Failed to load module "glx" (module requirement mismatch, 0)
================ WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING ================
This server has a video driver ABI version of 4.0 that this
driver does not officially support. Please check
http://www.nvidia.com/ for driver updates or downgrade to an X
server with a supported driver ABI.
dlopen: /usr/lib/xorg/modules//libwfb.so: undefined symbol: miZeroLineScreenIndex
(EE) Failed to load /usr/lib/xorg/modules//libwfb.so
(EE) Failed to load module "wfb" (loader failed, 7)
(EE) NVIDIA(0): This video driver ABI is not supported.
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Use the -ignoreABI option to override this check.
The best information that I can find so far, is that NVidia does not support the latest version of XWindows yet.
So far, I have determined I have to wait for NVidia to update their drivers. I am hoping they will have it done in the next couple of weeks only because Fedora 9’s release dates is in 14 days.