[CentOS] Problem with nvidia-drv-x11 when upgrading to CentOS 5.2

Vnpenguin vnpenguin at vnoss.org
Sat Jun 28 11:58:59 UTC 2008

My nvidia driver (installed from Nvidia.com's package under CentOS 5.1
x86_64, not rpm) runs well under CentOS 5.2 without any modification.

On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 9:08 PM, Bernhard Gschaider
<bgschaid_lists at ice-sf.at> wrote:
> Hi!
> I know that the nvidia-drv-x11-package is from RPMForge, but I thought
> I might mention it here.
> I have a machine with a NVidia-card and because of the ease of use I
> use the rpmforge-package for that.
> After upgrading the problem was that during rebooting as soon as the
> machine hit the RHGB (which implicitly uses that driver) the machine
> froze. I booted into the old kernel removed rhgb, rebooted. Now the
> machine froze when starting X. Same procedure: Old Kernel. Remove
> nvidia-drv-x11. Reboot into the new kernel and reinstall
> nvidia-drv-x11. After a reboot everything works as it used to.
> The cause of the problem could have been (sorry, I didn't do any
> thorough forensic) that the nvidia.ko that was used in the new kernel
> was a symbolic link from the "weak-updates"-directory into the old
> kernel "extra"-directory. Is it possible that this only works inside
> of kernels with the same x in CentOS 5.x ?
> For the other machines I am upgrading I plan to
> 1. deinstall nvidia-x11-drv
> 2. do a regular "yum upgrade"
> 3. reinstall nvidia-x11-drv after reboot
> Is there any better way to do it?
> Bernhard
> PS: the main purpose of this message is to alert others to this
> problem, not to get an answer, although that would be nice
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