On Mon, Dec 30, 2002 at 08:46:28PM -0500, Alvaro Gil wrote:
> I am trying to get a GeForce 2 MX 400 to work properly on FreeBSD 4.7.
> A few requirements  for the "nvidia" drivers are...
> (yes the "nv" driver works, but it does not support TV out on X)
> Upgrade to FreeBSD 4.7 STABLE or newer.
> Upgrade to XFree86 4.2.1_3 server and 4.2.1 binaries or newer.
> Here are a few simple questions...
> (1)
> How do I know if I successfully upgraded to 4.7-STABLE?

Use the command:

    uname -a

to see what version of FreeBSD you're running.
> After I upgraded(downloaded 4.7-STABLE sources using cvsup and 
> chapter 21 instructions), I rebooted and it still said 4.7-RELEASE on 
> startup.  What's up with this?  Is this really still 4.7 RELEASE?? Or 
> could a mistake in mergemaster have kept this text?

Hmmm... Did you perhaps get the RELENG_4_7 sources (that would give
you version 4.7-RELEASE-p2 at the moment) rather than the RELENG_4
sources (which gives you 4.7-STABLE)?  Take a look at
/usr/src/UPDATING --- the first line or so of that file should
indicate what variant you've cvsup'd.

> (2)
> How do I go about updating to the latest and greatest XFree86?
> I used cvsup to update the ports collection, but when i started up X 
> flashed up before it started.  How do I check what version of 
> XFree86 is installed and what is the correct way of updating it? 

    pkg_info -I XFree86\*

will show you what versions of the XFree86 packages you have installed.

    pkg_version -v -s XFree86

will tell you if any of your installed ports/packages are out of date
with respect to the /usr/ports tree on your system.

The best and least painless way of updating something like X windows
is to install and use portupgrade(1): you need to get the XFree86
package dependencies right, which can be tricky, but which portupgrade
will handle automatically for you.

> Also, I am able to boot into X with this driver but after a while it 
> crashes the entire system.  Anyone running the nvidia driver with 
> success?

Works for me.  Note that you should reinstall the nvidia stuff after
reinstalling the XFree86-libraries package, as they both claim
/usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.a and /usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.so.1 and each
overwrites the other's version of those files.



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