Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Should I Upgrade?

Kernel 2.6.16 is here, with a bunch of updates (read the Changelog). On one side, it could improve the performance of my system, since it has fixed many bugs found between the 2.6.15 and 2.6.16 development cycle, but in the other hand, it may also cause some new problems (that's why i wanted to wait until the first stable version is released). I have spotted one of them, which has a relation with NVidia driver in LinuxQuestions. It has also gives the solution on it by browsing NVidia News and install the patches to fix this problem. Here are the solutions :

The patch attached to this post addresses known problems with the 1.0-8178 NVIDIA Linux x86 and x86-64 graphics driver releases.

To patch 1.0-8178 and install the updated driver, please follow the instructions for your platform below (the steps needed to update the -pkg* packages not shown are analogous to the examples shown below).

# sh /path/to/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8178-pkg1.run --extract-only
# cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8178-pkg1
# patch -p0 < /path/to/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-8178-U012206.diff.txt
# ./nvidia-installer -n

# sh /path/to/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8178-pkg2.run --extract-only
# cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8178-pkg2
# patch -p0 < /path/to/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-8178-U012206.diff.txt
# ./nvidia-installer -n

Please note, that i haven't tried this by myself, so if you want to give it a try and give your comments here, it would be a nice news for me, since i don't have to hack my system to make it running back to normal condition.

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