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Re: Re: Unable to install nVidia driver on Debian 6 LTS - was - Re: How to boot without GUI

On 12/06/2015, Matthijs Wensveen <matthijs.wensveen@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11-6-2015 7:13, Bret Busby wrote:
>> On 11/06/2015, Ric Moore <wayward4now@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 06/10/2015 03:45 PM, Bret Busby wrote:
>>>> On 11/06/2015, Nick T. <nick@ncktsp.com> wrote:
>>>>> Oops, forgot to cc in the mailing list.
>>>>> - Nick
>>>>> On 06/10/2015 09:19 PM, Nick T. wrote:
>>>>>> Install build-essential it should contain all the packages necessary
>>>>>> to install the driver.
>>>>>> Also you might want to install dkms if you don't want to reinstall
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> driver after every kernel update.
>>>>>> - Nick
>>>> Thank you for that.
>>>> The driver installation appears to have subsequently succeeded.
>>>> However, after rebooting, the system still does not see the external
>>>> monitor (using System -> Preferences -> Monitors), and
>>> I don't think that will work. Try using nvidia-settings.
>> As I had said, xwindows now no longer works on the system.
>> What do I need to do, at the command line level, to get xwindows
>> operable on the system?
>> In the circumstances, it appears to be a congiuration or settings issue.
>> Or, despite the information on the nvidia web site, perhaps the driver
>> simply does not work with Debian 6.
>> I note that the gcc version issues showed that the gcc version
>> applicable to the driver, appeared to be an earlier version (4.3, I
>> think) than the installed version when I installed gcc (4.4, I think)
>> (but the discrepancy appeared to have been overcome in the procedure
>> that I followed), indicating (I believe) that Debian 6 should not be a
>> version to early for thenvidia driver.
> It might be that you need to generate an Xorg.conf file from scratch.
> Make sure to backup any existing configuration file first
> (/etc/X11/xorg.conf). You can generate one using the nvidia-xconfig
> package: https://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers#Configuration
> - Matthijs


As previously mentioned, that wiki web page refers to only Debian 7
and 8, and not to Debian 6, which is the applicable version.

I will reboot into Debian 6 (I am currently in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which
allows use of the external monitor, and which provided installation of
an earlier (v3.3) nvidia driver), and see what I can find in the
specified path.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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 you'll know what the answer means."
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 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
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 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992


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