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Re: SIGTERM received when installing Nvidia driver

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 16:00 +0300, Jason Filippou wrote:
> I've been running my testing box's graphics through the NVIDIA
> proprietary driver, downloaded from their website. However, after
> recent updates, logging into my debian box is only possible through
> text mode, no X server is started. Whenever I try to install the
> downloaded NVIDIA driver (I have 260.xxx and 256.xxxx in my home
> folder) with superuser rights, I receive a SIGTERM signal right after
> accepting the license. As a result, I can't run an X server. I also
> have the package nvidia-kernel-dkms in my system, if that helps in any
> way.

I would recommend to remove every trace of the nvidia driver you installed
from the NVIDIA website and use the following method to install it:

1. Add non-free sources in /etc/apt/sources.list

   You should have a line like:

    deb http://ftp.XX.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free

  Where XX has to be replaced with your country code. The important part is
  the "non-free" in the end. You don't necessarily need contrib, but if you
  have non-free it makes sense to include it as well.

2. Run "aptitude update"
3. Install the kernel headers

   # aptitude -r install linux-headers-2.6-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,')

4. Install the nvidia dkms drivers

   # aptitude install nvidia-kernel-dkms

5. Configure Xorg

   # mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf{,_old}
   # mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
   # echo -e 'Section "Device"\n\tIdentifier "My GPU"\n\tDriver "nvidia"\nEndSection' >

6. Restart the system

Hope that works out for you. Have fun!
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