Linked by Jay Sabol on Fri 4th Oct 2002 00:49 UTC
Red Hat Well, here on OSNews, there has been plenty of discussion about Red Hat 8, what it is, what it isn't, the Bluecurve look and many other features and issues. I ordered Red Hat 8 Personal Edition and decided to see how close Red Hat 8 may be to a distribution that Joe and Jane User could install and use.
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Quick guide to install NVidia drivers
by Spark on Fri 4th Oct 2002 10:33 UTC

For all those who don't want to wait for official Red Hat 8.0 drivers but are scared to build their own module:

0.) If you didn't already, fire up the package manager (System Settings -> Packages) and install the package groups "Development Tools" and "Kernel Development".

1.) Go to, click on "download drivers", then click on "linux display drivers", select the topmost driver (currently 3123).

2.) Download the GLX RPM (the first one), then scroll down to the bottom and download the kernel source RPM. Put both in your home folder.

3.) Launch a terminal (System Tools -> Terminal).

4.) Type "su", then hit enter and enter your root password, you should be root now.

5.) Type the following command: "rpmbuild --rebuild NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.src.rpm". Of course the version number of your src.rpm might differ. You can use tab completion so simply hit TAB once you wrote a part of the filename down. Capitalization does matter.

6.) If this worked, you can close the terminal now. Open a file manager window (or your homefolder) and navigate to "/usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386". You should find your new NVIDIA_kernel RPM here. Doubleclick and install it. If you did this, go back to your home folder and install (doubleclick) the NVIDIA_GLX RPM.

7.) Go to "System Settings -> Display", open the "Advanced" tab and click the "Configure..." button for your video card. At the "Driver:" input box, write down "nvidia" as this is most probably not in the list (only "nv"). "nv" is the 2D driver, "nvidia" is the original 3D driver (the one you just installed). You will not be able to activate the "Enable Hardware 3D Acceleration" checkbox, don't worry. Click OK two times and it should tell you to log out and restart.

8.) Do exactly this (log out) and log in again, you should see the NVidia logo shortly. If X doesn't work anymore, GDM will ask you to launch the configuration program. Answer yes and it should show you the configuration program from step 7. Change "nvidia" to "nv" at the very same location, now X should work again (at least). But if you did everything right, this shouldn't happen.

9.) Launch Tux Racer (Extras -> Games -> Tux Racer) or Chromium (Extras -> Games -> Chromium).

10.) Have fun! ;)

Please tell me if I made a mistake somewhere or if something wasn't explained well. The above steps should make your NVidia powered Red Hat 8 desktop 3D accelerated without any real trouble. And as you probably noticed, it is written to be understandable by everyone, not just those who would be able to figure out how to do it anyway. ;)

BTW, if there are no legal issues, someone could simply take this kernel RPM and publish it, it will work for every Red Hat 8 user and make steps 0, 3, 4 and 5 unneccessary.