Re: nVidia video driver - ugh!

From: jake johnson (
Date: 08/17/04

Date: 16 Aug 2004 16:38:14 -0700

Neil <> wrote in message news:<>...
> I can't figure this out.
> My goal is to be able to use both the LCD and the CRT videos (for public
> projection.)
> (==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Sun Aug 15 17:10:23 2004
> (==) Using config file: "/etc/XF86Config"
> (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!
> (EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***
> (EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
> Fatal server error:
> no screens found

First of all, I'm no expert on this, but I think the first issue is
indicated by the line:
> (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!
AFAIK, a kernel module is created during the compilation/installation
of the FreeBSD NVIDIA driver that you get from the nvidia website.
You made no mention of even installing this driver, although you
edited the config file nicely to use the "nvidia" driver in place of
the "nv" driver. So, let's confirm that you've obtained the nvidia
driver from their website. During the install, a kernel module will
be created so that it can interface with the kernel. This step
requires the kernel source code to be installed on your system so it
can be compiled against it. Please advise us where you stand on these

Also, please note that I know nothing of this driver's functionality
of LCD/CRT operation. The primary advantage is that it gives you 3D
acceleration (direct rendering). This is required by gaming software
such as Unreal Tournament 2004, among other software.