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Michael_aust 04-18-2006 09:12 AM

confused about installing nvidia drivers on debian
 
I did it once before but I had to reinstall debian for one reason of another, anyway so I have been following the guides and they all say to apt-get install nvidia-glx how ever it is not in the testing repositories. I have install nvidia-kernel-common and nvidia-kernel-2.6-486.

How do I go about installing the module then? Im using a kernel from the repos 2.6.16-1 486. I have all the repos enabled that I need to get it. Will I have to sue the nvidia official insteller to get the nvidia drivers then or is there another way?

rickh 04-18-2006 09:31 AM

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...nvidia-glx how ever it is not in the testing repositories.
They're in Sid.

Michael_aust 04-18-2006 09:36 AM

I was prefering to use the one from etch as I dont really like using things from sid. Hoe come its no longer in etch, it used to be.

Also wont the packages in sid be built for a newwer kernel then I currently have?

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edit the nvidia-glx package in sid says its for xfree86 not xorg.

How do I go about getting nvidia drivers, preferably the debian way. Or will I have t wait a while until the packages are available again?

rickh 04-18-2006 09:40 AM

I imagine because there has been an upgrade. If you want to get it from testing, you'll have to wait. Doing a dist-upgrade or something major from Sid is a little risky, but getting one package like this is normally not a problem ... If it breaks something, just remove it.

Michael_aust 04-18-2006 09:50 AM

Il have to wait then seeing as the required package is not in sid or etch.

I have used the official nvidia installer in the past, so is it ok to use it on debian or are you better off installing the nvidia drivers the debian way? I know I can uninstall the nvidia installer drivers later on with nvidiainstaller.run --uninstall

oxleyk 04-18-2006 09:53 AM

Hi, just to lend some support, I'm in the same position. The Sid nvidia-kernel packages have been broken for more than a week. You could create a custom kernel and then install the driver from Nvidia if you want.

When the nvidia packages are fixed I may stop upgrading from Sid. There have been too many breakages recently.

Kent

Michael_aust 04-18-2006 09:58 AM

I dont plan on compiling my own kernel yet, i will eventually once uni is out of the way. I only noticed today that the package was no longer in the repos as I did the resinstall at 11.00pm last night.

Its not a problem I Suppose I can wait for it to be packaged and uploaded again.

gruven 04-18-2006 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by oxleyk
Hi, just to lend some support, I'm in the same position. The Sid nvidia-kernel packages have been broken for more than a week. You could create a custom kernel and then install the driver from Nvidia if you want.

When the nvidia packages are fixed I may stop upgrading from Sid. There have been too many breakages recently.

Kent

The Nvidia packages were only broken for about a day here. I am successfully running Sid, with Xorg 7.0, and accelerated nvidia drivers. I update every day (yes, I am brave) and I don't mind fixing things when they break. Most of the time the problems are fixed in a couple days. If you can't have this, then just use Etch. Sid is meant to break, hence the name unstable.

I use module-assistant to install the nvidia kernel, and then install nvidia-glx, and I haven't had a problem yet.

oxleyk 04-18-2006 01:38 PM

hmm, you must be charmed or something. There was an upgrade about a week ago to nvidia-kernel-2.6-k7 that installed kernel-image-2.6.16 and I haven't been able to use the nvidia driver since. Prior to that I was running kernel 2.6.15 and nvidia worked fine. Maybe I'm not doing something right. I just read about using module-assistant but haven't had a chance to try it yet.

Michael_aust 04-18-2006 02:00 PM

dont you need the nvidia-glx package though if you use the module-assistant? Because I cant find nvidia-glx in either sid or etch

Michael_aust 04-18-2006 02:35 PM

going to bite the bullet and do it with the nvidia installer and lkernel-source and wait for the nvidia-glx package to reenter the etch repos. I went to try it with sid but it was too big a change for my liking with it wanting to upgrade x org and remove gnome and things on me.

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why woukld the nvidia-glx package have been removed from testing? Also would this be perminent or only temporery?

oxleyk 04-19-2006 05:43 PM

I used this how-to and now the nvidia driver works.

http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debian-nVidia/

Kent

henk_de_man 04-30-2006 02:39 PM

I'm still confused about this. I wanted to install the Nvidia binary driver too, but I was also confronted with the removal of the nvidia-graphics-drivers package from Etch. The above how-to doesn't make any sense. It assumes the drivers are in the repository where in fact they're not.

I tried adding unstable to my apt sources and setting test as the default. This helps in letting m-a do its work, but when I try to apt-get nvidia-glx it wants to drag Xorg from unstable and who knows what other stuff. So, for someone who wants to run testing this is certainly not an option.

FYI, the official debian wiki now acknowledges that Etch users cannot install but does not yet offer an solution. See: http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphic...5b4956edd87d6a

The maintainer just says: "nvidia-graphics-drivers REMOVED from testing", which isn't really helpful. See:
http://packages.qa.debian.org/n/nvid...s-drivers.html

Does anyone have any insight into this matter?

henk_de_man 04-30-2006 02:40 PM

(sorry ignore this)

henk_de_man 04-30-2006 02:40 PM

(sorry ignore this)


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