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

On 13/06/2015, Bret Busby <bret.busby@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> Hello.
> 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.


In running ls on /etc/X11/ , a file xorg.conf was listed, as was a file named

The latter file showed no content, in running cat on it.

The former file had content;

# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig:  version 346.72
(buildmeister@swio-display-x64-rhel04-19)  Tue May  5 18:19:38 PDT

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"

Section "Files"

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Unknown"
    HorizSync       28.0 - 33.0
    VertRefresh     43.0 - 72.0
    Option         "DPMS"

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24

In thinking about it, as the creation of that file, had rendered
xwindows inoperable, I renamed the file, with an extra extension, and

So, I now have xwindows operating again, on Debian 6, on this
computer, but, the only way that I can get the external monitor to
work, is by running one of the two Ubuntu installations; 12.04 or
14.04. Unfortunately, they both involve GNOME3, and what I think of
GNOME3, is not polite.

So, I still can not get the external monitor to run, with Debian 6 or
7, on this computer, with its nvidia GEForce GT750M device.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
 A Trilogy In Four Parts",
 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992


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