viking777 Posted March 22, 2009 Report Share Posted March 22, 2009 (edited) I have been having so many problems with my Cooker install just recently that I decided to start again with a fresh install of RC1. It has been the most difficult configuration of an instllation that I have had for a long time, and it looks as if the problems I am having with Nvidia are still there. This is what happened. I installed the Gnome version this time so as to avoid KDE4 which I don't like - did I tell you that before? The install itself went OK, at least this time I got a graphical login (first time for months on Cooker) but only the 'nv' driver which just doesn't work with my screen setup. Normally I then install the Nvidia driver myself but this time I thought I would try it with the built in tools, so I fired up XFdrake (in a terminal login so that there was no running graphics to screw things up). Most distros these days would by now have mentioned that there was an additional driver available, but not Mandriva, in order to 'prompt' it I had to click on my graphics card (as if I were going to change it to something else) then select it again and only then did it mention the additional driver - not good. I elected to install it and it went away and downloaded all the required extra packages and then proceeded with the install. After a few seconds it came up with 'Install failed reverting to open source driver'. I then decided to use my normal method of installing Nvidia myself. This failed too. I booted back into the nv driver to get graphics back and then poked around in rpmdrake and found this. My kernel was 2.6.29-6.1.1, my kernel-devel and kernel-source files were 2.6.29-8.3.1 and my kernel-header files were 2.6.29-7.4.1. Is it any surprise that the poor old Nvidia driver can't install with this jumble! The point to bear in mind here is that I have had no input in this, it has entirely been the work of the installer + XFdrake, not me messing around and not updates either because at that stage I hadn't done any. I was able to sort this out by installing the correct kernel (which was available all the time), so why wasn't XFdrake able to do this? Again not good. I would normally put this down to it being a testing distro, but if it is at release candidate stage it should be capable of better than this. I have not had any kernel updates come up yet so I don't know if it will handle these by itself, it certainly didn't on my previous install, that was its biggest problem. The other problem that I had with the previous install was Virtualbox puel not running. I have managed to solve it on this install, but what a performance. Before I could even install it I had to trawl around the net for obscure python libraries that are not installed in Cooker, then to make the VM run I had to manually edit the makefile, then install vboxdrv over again. It doesn't sound much when you write it like that, but if you throw in all the searching I had to do to find the solution, again it was not easy. I know that if I reported this as a bug to Mandriva I would just be told that it was 'upstream' and therefore nothing to do with them, but when you release it there are going to be a whole lot of people that want the puel version running on Mandriva and they are not all going to be as patient as I am. I also had a lot of problems with AWN, which I won't bore you with because again that is 'upstream', but people are going to want to run that on 2009.1 as well. Overall I was not really impressed, this was almost back to the bad old days of Linux when you spent a day installing and a couple of months to get things working! That kind of performance is not acceptable any more. Having said that it now has Xfce running over Gnome and everything seems to be working, but it hasn't been easy. Both Mint and Pclos, which I have installed recently, were much easier to work with. EDIT. If the above wasn't bad enough I now find it doesn't produce any sounds - not a peep. Bloody pulseaudio again I presume EDIT2. OK I solved that one as well. It just depends which one of the 37 different installed volume controls you choose to work with. Edited March 22, 2009 by viking777 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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