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Linux nForce Driver - IA32


Version: 1.0-0283
Release Date: August 13, 2004

Release Highlights for 1.0-0283:

  • Added support for Linux Installer
  • Added support for SoundStorm (Hardware Mixing supported)
  • Added support AC3 pass-through
  • Added support for Ethernet driver statistics and configuration information through procfs
  • Added support for 2.6 series kernels
  • Added a new audio application, NVIDIA NVMixer, to do Volume control per channel, input selection, Speaker selection, Speaker cloning, Swap mic to Center/Lfe & LineIn to Surround L/R

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.

Note: The nForce driver set is now distributed via a downloadable self-extracting installer program, rather than as RPMs or tarballs.  The installer contains pre-built binary drivers for major Linux distributions.  For systems running a kernel for which there is no pre-built binary driver, the installer will build the driver.  If the audio driver is installed, the NVIDIA NVMixer control panel application will also be installed..

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

STEP 1: Download the Driver File
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STEP 2: Begin Installation
From within a shell with root privileges, type "sh" to initiate the installation.

STEP 3: Review the NVIDIA Software License. You will need to accept this license to continue with the installation.

STEP 4: Review the Known Problems for any special installation instructions required by your platform.

STEP 5: Install
Follow the directions provided by the installer.  The installer will prepare the driver and install the driver and application files in the appropriate place.

Note:  For systems running a kernel for which there is no pre-built binary driver, the installer will need to build the driver.  In order for the installer to build the driver, the kernel source needs to be installed.

STEP 6: Review Documentation
Refer to the ReleaseNotes (HTML Version) (installed in /usr/share/doc/nforce) for instructions on configuring the system with the installed 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