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Linux nForce Driver


Version: 1.0-0256
Release Date: April 14, 2003

Release Highlights for 1.0-0256:

  • Added SPDIF support to audio driver
  • Updated binary packages for latest releases of Red Hat Linux kernels
  • Changed audio driver to be self contained source file based off i810_audio driver.
  • Fixed problem with compiler arguments between gcc3.X and gcc2.X
  • Changed installation script to use lowest available number when enumerating network and audio devices in modles.conf
  • Added FAQ section to release notes.

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 - HTML 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-1.0-0256.mdk82up_2.4.18_6.athlon.rpm a6afd9b47eb7307f1b45c72b8f5d95ce
    Mandrake 9.0 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.mdk90up_2.4.19_16.athlon.rpm 15e06272b253af4c30483bba61abfdee
    Red Hat 7.3 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.rh73up_2.4.18_3.athlon.rpm d8366b3a1a1c1228aa9853eeda555dbd
    Red Hat 7.3 (Kernel Upgrade) NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.rh73up_2.4.18_27.athlon.rpm dccbdcdd23578bc9ad73f37eb04570f2
    Red Hat 8.0 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.rh80up_2.4.18_14.athlon.rpm 09e2a41c43ea3c4b47dc468365cabccd
    Red Hat 8.0 (Kernel Upgrade) NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.rh80up_2.4.18_27.athlon.rpm 512816b07a26a9cfd59906b853907bbc
    SuSE 8.1 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.suse81.i586.rpm dcada9582862ec8fadaaff7fa4ace175
    SuSE 8.2 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.suse82.i586.rpm a0ece6ee90066d10d623e715b00094b8

    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 (HTML) 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-1.0-0256.tar.gz 3ad2e2371946b7881471e4cadddf108e
    Source RPM NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.src.rpm 054f0865ccabf8ce83ca7e165b2a5876

    STEP 4: Install
    Please read the README (HTML) 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