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Re: Help, installing Nvidia driver

Why don't you use "module-assistent" to do this stuff automatically? I did it recently on a Dell Inspiron 5160 and worked like a charm. Well, almost. I had to make a couple of changes in the XF86Config-4 to get full crisp resolution of 1400x1050. Let me know if you need more help. Instructions no how to do it the easy way (note that there actually only a few steps to it):
from: http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debian-nVidia/installation.html

1) add to your /etc/apt/sources.list file (replace unstable with your distro):
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free

$> apt-get update
$> apt-get install module-assistant nvidia-kernel-common

3) run
$> module-assistant auto-install nvidia

If this says you need some hearders for the kernel, you will need to run either of the two commands it suggests. I chose:
4) module-assistant prepare

5) run as in (3) again

6) Once that is done successfully, edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file and comment out lines referring to "dri" or "GLCore". Also comment out "nv" line and put a line that says "nvidia".


If any of the first few steps do not work, you need to go the webpage mentioned above to try out alternate methods.


Rony wrote:

I downloaded Nvidia driver, tried to install it. And this is the log.
Someone help please.

I ran with the command:

Many thx in advance.

- Rony -

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Tue Oct 19 20:10:12 2004

option status:
  license pre-accepted    : false
  update                  : false
  force update            : false
  expert                  : false
  uninstall               : false
  driver info             : false
  no precompiled interface: false
  no ncurses color        : false
  query latest driver ver : false
  OpenGL header files     : false
  no questions            : false
  silent                  : false
  X install prefix        : /usr/X11R6
  OpenGL install prefix   : /usr
  Installer install prefix: /usr
  kernel source path      : /usr/src/kernel-source-2.6.8
  kernel install path     : (not specified)
  proc mount point        : /proc
  ui                      : (not specified)
  tmpdir                  : /tmp
  ftp site                : ftp://download.nvidia.com

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel;
would you li
   ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your
kernel f
   rom the NVIDIA ftp site (ftp://download.nvidia.com)? (Answer: No)
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; this
   that the installer will need to compile a new kernel interface.
-> Using the kernel source path '/usr/src/kernel-source-2.6.8' as
specified by
   the '--kernel-source-path' commandline option.
-> Kernel source path: '/usr/src/kernel-source-2.6.8'
-> Performing cc_version_check with CC="cc".
-> gcc-version-check failed:
Could not compile gcc-version-check.c If you know what you are doing and want to ignore the gcc version
check, sel
   ect "No" to continue installation.  Otherwise, select "Yes" to abort
   ation, set the CC environment variable to the name of the compiler
used to c
   ompile your kernel, and restart installation.  Abort now? (Answer:
ERROR: If you are using a Linux 2.4 kernel, please make sure
       you either have configured kernel sources matching your
       kernel or the correct set of kernel headers installed
       on your system.
If you are using a Linux 2.6 kernel, please make sure
       you have configured kernel sources matching your kernel
       installed on your system. If you specified a separate
       output directory using either the "KBUILD_OUTPUT" or
       the "O" KBUILD parameter, make sure to specify this
       directory with the SYSOUT environment variable or with
       the appropriate nvidia-installer command line option.
ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file
       '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.  You may find
       on fixing installation problems in the README available on the
       driver download page at www.nvidia.com.

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