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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:33 pm    Post subject: Nvidia-Driver & Kernel Reply with quote

Evening all!

Not sure if anyone else has come across this, but I did a google search and came up empty. I'm trying to install the most recent nvidia drivers for a geforce 210. When I looked on nvidia's website it did not show support for my card. I have to go all the way back to nvidia-drivers-340-102.r2 to find support on the nvidia website. My question is am I going to have to go back to nouveau, or will the most current driver work? Is the nvidia website accurate?

I forgot to mention that the nvidia 340 drivers are not supported past kernel 4.10
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I forgot to mention that the nvidia 340 drivers are not supported past kernel 4.10

I looked at ebuild and did not see this restriction. Did I miss something?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea lol, but I tried installing it and it gave me that error.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see now. No, the current driver will not work. You have to switch no nouveau or find the patch, it may be on nVidia forums.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here patches for kernel 4.9 and 4.12.
There is a bump request for version 340.104 which should suppoert newer kernel
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since I've never used a patch before, I went with just using the nouveau drivers. The box I am working on right now is the HTPC in my bedroom, which is a very similar to the HTPC in my son's bedroom. I couldn't get HDMi to work with fluxbox (plus I broke it) I decided to reinstall Gentoo with KDE as my DE. If this doesn't work I might be back trying to figure out how to get the system patched. Thanks for the input guys!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You do not need a WM/DM for HDMI, I use my Kodi box running Kodi directly on Xorg. HDMI needs kernel drivers and Xorg drivers, window manager or desktop environment are net involved in any way.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am somewhat aware that my DE has nothing to do with the HDMI sound, but I tried EVERYTHING I could find on google, forums, etc to get it going. The only thing I could think of at this point was using KDE, photon, kmix, etc. I'm also going to try using pulseaudio instead of ALSA. Once I get it figured out with KDE I might switch back to Fluxbox, but at this point I need to get it figured out with a more GUI based DE, I'm hoping this will make it much easier.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PulseAudio will not do any miracles, it is just a parasite layer between ALSA and user application. If your kernel ALSA is not configured properly for HDMI then there will be no HDMI sound, PulseAudio or not.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-1069058-highlight-.html

Then I invite you to visit this thread, and please try and give your input/help. My son's HTPC has Gentoo/Fluxbox/Alsa, and almost an identical box as the one in my bedroom, if you can think of something that would work and we haven't tried please let me know.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can test HDMI audio by sending something to it, there is no need to set it default. Below is how I send sound to my TV set playing a movie with MPV, while the soundcard on my motherboard is the default output for all aplications.
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mpv --audio-device=alsa/hdmi:CARD=PCH,DEV=1


You need to make sure nouveau supports HDMI audio with your chipset. I have one box here with nVidia ION, only blob can handle the HDMI sound on this one.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I can honestly say this card has been an absolute nightmare dating all the way back to 2011. One other thing I did not mention is that yesterday before I attempted this install, I did install Kubuntu and the sound WAS working, and the only 2 differences was nvidia drivers and pulseaudio. I copied the pulseaudio config and I'll use that, if it does not work then for sure it's the drivers. I'll update you once this install is complete.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So after a successful installation of Gentoo, KDE & Pulse Audio, I was able to get sound from my HDMI card. Thanks for all your help and input Jaglover!
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