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Linux nForce Driver


Version: 1.0-0246
Release Date: October 30, 2002

Release Highlights for 1.0-0246:

  • Added support for Mandrake 9 and Red Hat 8.0

This page contains drivers and documentation for the nForce chipset. The chipset includes hardware support for IDE disk control, ethernet networking, audio support, win modem support, and a USB controller. These packages have support for ethernet networking and basic ACI audio. USB and IDE hardware will work with standard Linux drivers. There is no win modem support.

To download and install the drivers, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Review the NVIDIA Software License. You will need to accept this license prior to downloading any files.

STEP 2: Review Documentation

  • README - Text Version

    STEP 3: Download Drivers
    To simplify installation, the suite of nForce Linux drivers are bundled into a single package. If you are using one of the distributions mentioned below, and haven't installed a different kernel (or significantly modified the default one), the installation will be very simple. If you don't use one of the distributions listed or have a custom kernel, please choose one of the alternative installation packages.

    Directly Supported Distributions
    These links contain binary RPMs with drivers and documentation for installing nforce drivers in these major linux distributions.

    Kernel Supported Kernel Driver Package MD5 Sum
    Mandrake 8.2 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0246.mdk82up_2.4.18_6.athlon.rpm d23c63deb31a02de878cce1848078935
    Mandrake 9.0 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0246.mdk90up_2.4.19_16.athlon.rpm e65d0ea326c2b2daf2dc57273e9656fb
    Red Hat 7.3 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0246.rh73up_2.4.18_3.athlon.rpm 0c912cf574df03487d8a29ec67dae67d
    Red Hat 7.3 (Kernel Upgrade) NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0246.rh73up_2.4.18_5.athlon.rpm af4d2043b9fb0429302e51f3e94db749
    Red Hat 8.0 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0246.rh80up_2.4.18_14.athlon.rpm 921eb801e573da6c96e1a81e4c4816b7
    Red Hat 8.0 (Kernel Upgrade) NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0246.rh80up_2.4.18_17.athlon.rpm ef5ae317b94f89d2013509963ebfaff5
    SuSE 8.1 NVIDIA_nforce-1[1].0-0246.suse81.i586.rpm


    Alternative Installation
    Use this installation if you don't use one of the distributions listed above, or have modified or replaced the default kernel. Please see the README (Text) for instructions on compiling and installing the tar file or source RPM. The documentation for doing this is contained in the package.

    Kernel Supported Kernel Driver File MD5 Sum
    Kernel Tar File NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0246.tar.gz 8aec04471d4600387c7fd55492fe254c
    Source RPM NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0246.src.rpm 449208faed686ba5c1d6b4b9f1642ae4

    STEP 4: Install
    Please read the README (Text) for details on unpacking and installing the drivers.

    If you have any questions or problems, please check the linux discussion forum. If you don't find an answer to your question there, you can send email to