Kernel upgrading breaks my SuSE box

The other day, my SuSE 10.1 notifies that there were updates available including bug fixes and new kernel. I thought it might be convenient if I just click on select all, and update button. So, I did that and went out to school. When I came back home, the update was nicely done. There was no indication to ask me to restart the computer (as most other OSes do), but I thought it’d be good restart it anyway.

Guess what? KDE couldn’t started anymore because the X-server failed to run. I tried to manually run ‘startx’, but it still failed. That time, I was also busy doing an assignment, therefore did not have free time to investigate what went wrong.

Life was not very enjoyable when you have a Linux box turned off in front of you. For the past few days, I had to force myself running Windows XP temporarily. Anyway, I later on found out from the error message that problem was caused by the Nvidia driver.

Well, I’ve learned that, every time the new kernel’s updated, we need to also reinstall the graphic driver. Here is the link to how install Nvidia driver for SuSE:

Nvidia Installer HOWTO for SUSE LINUX users

With the help from the above links, I fixed my Linux box with just 3 commands:

  1. sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8774-pkg1.run -q
  2. sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
  3. startx

You don’t feel any better than to have your favorite OS running again! :)

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