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Linux nForce Driver - AMD64


Version: 1.0-0269
Release Date: December 16, 2003

Release Highlights for 1.0-0269:

  • Added support for nForce3 platforms
  • Added support for x86-64 architecture
  • Added binary RPMs for SuSE Enterprise Server 8 x86-64
  • Added audio control panel application
  • Added 6 channel output, audio input selection, speaker selection, per channel volume control, and analog / digital enable to audio driver.
  • Added GART patch for kernel 2.4.21
  • Fixed performance problem in network driver that was causing stuttering in audio playback

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
    SuSe Enterprise 8 SP2 NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0269.SLES8.athlon.rpm 4363d65695219da96caf805074a78524

    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-1.0-0269.tar.gz b0124bd163818524beb969914628e573
    Source RPM NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0269.src.rpm f55a0a0620839c47bbbaa0b496d14c46

    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