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Linux nForce Driver - IA32


Version: 1.0-0261
Release Date: June 11, 2003

Release Highlights for 1.0-0261:

  • Added kernel patch to support nForce GART
  • Added "spdif_status" module parameter to audio driver to enable/disable S/PDIF support for compatibility
  • Fixed bug in audio driver that was causing MSI nForce board to only use 2 channels
  • Fixed mmap bug in audio driver causing Quake III to hang.
  • Fixed Red Hat Linux 9 build issue with remap_page_range().
  • Fixed problem with rebuilding SRPM on Red Hat Linux 9.
  • Added Red Hat Linux 9 and Mandrake Linux 9.1 binary RPMs.

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-1.0-0261.mdk82up_2.4.18_6.athlon.rpm e6b20a54431e32f080068a9c7a32d8b4
    Mandrake 9.0 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.mdk90up_2.4.19_16.athlon.rpm c40626a9cdcb2936529c796b29251a79
    Mandrake 9.1 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.mdk91up_2.4.21_0.13.athlon.rpm f866242a8f49eaa54518a7976b88a021
    Red Hat 7.3 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.rh73up_2.4.18_3.athlon.rpm c61e832dec02399058957c4dd609e61d
    Red Hat 7.3 (Kernel Upgrade) NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.rh73up_2.4.18_27.athlon.rpm ad2e1d94f97e590b2de7727da6ec7af5
    Red Hat 8.0 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.rh80up_2.4.18_14.athlon.rpm 58c9614f236dfe43c242a189b31df561
    Red Hat 8.0 (Kernel Upgrade) NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.rh80up_2.4.18_27.athlon.rpm f79502995f69491b9fbaee811a3269e3
    Red Hat 9.0 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.rh90up_2.4.20_6.athlon.rpm 98374f67aa8b08a09022ae98572ae80f
    Red Hat 9.0 (Kernel Upgrade) NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.rh90up_2.4.20_9.athlon.rpm f253468d08169fab8523e29b36a80b4f
    SuSE 8.1 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.suse81.i586.rpm 48f065d7d52e208e0841286b228ad301
    SuSE 8.2 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.suse82.i586.rpm 52f6a92ae80550ed918bbec71e131a9c
    SuSE 9.0 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.suse90.i586.rpm aad31c971e31aa5edf5e25dbe4ddff09

    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-1.0-0261.tar.gz 19e9c6592e8db6ba55c08d42dc49163f
    Source RPM NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.src.rpm 3ba12f259c661e9c0c9bc6d6fdf0eb35

    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