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Re: Installation advice needed for a really stable desktop machine

Hi again,

and thank you all that have responded to my questions!

I went ahead and did a quick install of the i386 port. I think Liam's suggestion is really neat, but I'm leaving the old sid installtion as it is (it's on a fourth drive), for emergencies. Should the new i386 installation not work out for me, I'll copy the sid installation onto the new disks and try what Liam said there (I think it might work very well, as I haven't updated sid for a long while in fear of breaking something I didn't have time to fix).

Anyway, I have another question. There is a amd64 kernel in the i386 archive, but there are no non-free nvidia-drivers prebuilt for it. When I try to build them from source using the instructions in the debian wiki, the build fails, like so:

ld: Relocatable linking with relocations from format elf32-i386 (/usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel/nv/nv-kernel.o) to format elf64-x86-64 (/usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel/nv/nvidia.o) is not supported
make[4]: *** [/usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel/nv/nvidia.o] Error 1
make[3]: *** [_module_/usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel/nv] Error 2
make[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.18-4-amd64'
nvidia.ko failed to build!
make[2]: *** [mdl] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel/nv'
make[1]: *** [build-stamp] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/nvidia-kernel'
make: *** [kdist_image] Error 2

I'm afraid I'll encounter more stuff like this with that kernel. What other smp-kernel would be a good choice for my hardware?


----- Original Message ----
From: Joe Hart <j.hart@orange.nl>
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 8:00:59 AM
Subject: Re: Installation advice needed for a really stable desktop machine

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Liam O'Toole wrote:

>>. It seems people have blinders on today.  He said he wanted to use the
>> 32-bit version and he currently uses the 64-bit version. One can't
>> downgrade a system from 64-bit to 32-bit easily.  IMO, one would be
>> better off re-installing.
> No, the OP stated that he was 'considering' the i386 port. My
> suggestion offers him the possibility of avoiding the need for a
> reinstall, if he is prepared to forego the delights of an i386 port.
> I'll let the OP perform the cost/benefit analysis himself.

Agreed, but he also said he needed wine and didn't want to do a chroot,
which means he *needs* the 32-bit.

It's not worth arguing over.  Enough information has been given that he
can now make an informed decision, whatever he decides to do.

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