Nvidia installer does uninstall previous kernel driver ?

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In my rant last week, I complained about how the Nvidia installer
uninstalled the video driver for previous kernels.  Some people said
this wasn't so. 

This morning I installed kernel 2849 via yum.  When I ran it, I was
forced to build a new driver using the
NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9629-pkg1.run installer.   This is the same
installer that I used with my 2835 kernel last week.

When I did the install this morning, I received the following. (From
my /var/log/nvidia-installer.log)

"> There appears to already be a driver installed on your system
(version: 1.0-
   9629).  As part of installing this driver (version: 1.0-9629), the
   driver will be uninstalled.  Are you sure you want to continue? ('no'
will a
   bort installation) (Answer: Yes)"

So it appears that one must un install the driver for the previous
kernel to install a driver for the current kernel.  Just to be sure, I
tried running kernel 2835 and X windows will not start for it.  So the
previous driver does get un installed, even though the same installer is
being used.

This causes me a lot of grief. 

If anyone knows of a work around for this problem, I'd love to hear it. 


Kim Lux,  Diesel Research Inc.

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