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blakdeath
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:29 pm    Post subject: can't install xorg Reply with quote

I am following the wiki guide for installing xorg,
I'm stuck at installing drivers for my nvidia 9300m card
I started by following the nouveau guide on the wiki, and this issue came up:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-953810-highlight-.html

then I went for the nvidia-drivers guide but I could not find an nvidia module using lsmod

I can't install xorg now

thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
lspci
nano -w /etc/portage/package.mask
Add:
>sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-3.6.11-r1
(Save)
emerge gentoo-sources
emerge --depclean gentoo-sources:3.7
eselect kernel set gentoo-sources-3.6.11-r1
cd /usr/src/linux
make menuconfig
remove nouveau drivers
(Save)
make && make modules-install
emerge nvidia-drivers
nvidia-xconfig
modprobe nvidia
startx

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well thanks alot, I have been able to use nouveau after unmasking that version of gentoo sources, I'll go for the nouveu approach before i try the nvidia-drivers

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That wasn't an unmask, it was a mask. Let me explain why. With nouveau, you will not get 3D support or hardware acceleration. The nvidia-drivers provide that acceleration, and in combination with uvesafb, you can have Kernel Mode Setting and a framebuffer splash.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW, that is some excellent info, answered alot of never asked before questions, the problem is i read something about having to redownload the modules(or something like that) everytime I recompiled the kernel,
at the moment I have very few drivers working so I recompile the kernel on a daily basis, once I'm satisfied with my kernel I'll go for that approach

thanks alot
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blakdeath wrote:
WOW, that is some excellent info, answered alot of never asked before questions, the problem is i read something about having to redownload the modules(or something like that) everytime I recompiled the kernel,
at the moment I have very few drivers working so I recompile the kernel on a daily basis, once I'm satisfied with my kernel I'll go for that approach


Do you mean 'reinstall' the modules?
This is the case when updating a kernel (eg. 3.8.2 --> 3.8.3) If you are just rebuilding the same kernel the modules will remain there, for example if you are using 3.8.3 & you have installed the nvidia-drivers & decide to rebuild 3.8.3 the nvidia modules will still be in /lib64/modules/3.8.3/video/nvidia.ko (or something similar in a 32bit install).

When upgrading kernel versions you do need to re-emerge the nvidia drivers again after you have selected (with eselect) and make && make modules_install your new kernel. If you are using portage 2.2+ you can run: # emerge -av @module-rebuild or if you are not using that you can emerge sys-kernel/module-rebuild and run that - Although I find it easier to just # emerge -1 nvidia-drivers since that is the only package for me which needs re-installing after each kernel upgrade.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well that was encouraging, I just installed the Nvidia drivers and disabled the nouveau ones and everything is working correctly :D

thanks everyone
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