Over the last few years, I’ve generally found that my interest in a specific video game rarely lasts longer than the amount of gameplay that is made available through the free demo. The upside of this is that now I don’t pay for games that I end up playing only a couple times. I have not yet extended this discipline to books, so I still buy many books that I don’t read or only read a chapter or two from.
Although I was tempted to immediately buy UT2004 (I loved the UT2003 demo, but lost interest before deciding I needed the whole game), I decided to once again give the demo a try. I got the UT2003 demo to work on XP, but not on Red Hat 8.
After downloading the Linux version of the UT2004 demo through one of the mirror sites and installing it [uncompress the bz2 file, su to root, and run sh ./ ut2004-lnx-demo-3120.run], I got the following error when it tried to start:
Couldn't set video mode: Couldn't find matching GLX visual
Based on the info I found from googling for that phrase, it was pretty obvious the problem was with the NVIDIA drivers. I had not yet updated the drivers that came with Fedora Core 1. I used yum and the rpm.livna.org repository to install a kernel built with the newest version of the NVIDIA drivers. After a quick reboot, I was hard at work fragging aliens. And as an extra bonus, Tux Racer was finally playable.
Update 11/27/2004 – I posted new instructions if you are using FC2.
Update 4/25/04 – In case you are a Fedora Linux user and need more help getting this to work, here are a little more detailed instructions:
- Add the following section to /etc/yum.conf (I normally leave gpgcheck set to 1, but I have sometimes had to turn off digital signature checking specifically to download Livna’s kernel module for the Nvidia drivers)
############### ## Livna.org ## ############### [livna-stable] name=Livna.org - Fedora Compatible Packages (stable) baseurl=http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/$releasever/$basearch/yum/stable gpgcheck=0
$uname -r returns the release identifier for the kernel you are using. Also, you can use
$yum info kernel-module-nvidia* to see all the modules (e.g., kernel-module-nvidia-2.4.22-1.2188.nptl) that are available. If you have a single processor machine, you need one that ends in nptl. If you have a multi-processor box, you want nptlsmp. NPTL = native POSIX thread library and SMP = symmetric multi-processing