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rz5qk2 08-02-2006 09:08 AM

NVIDIA dirvers and kernel image and souce
I have been trying to increase my screen resolution to
to 1280x1024. After trying some of the remedies posted with no luck, I upgraded the kernel image and kernel source and then installed Debian's NVIDIA driver tar ball. I noticed that some of the posts mention that in /usr/src the source has to be linked to linux, but I am not sure what needs removed and linked. If someone can assist me, I would appreciate it. Below is some info.

Just in case I have to recompile the kernel, does anyone know of a good how-to link to install the kernel and source?

Dell 380 Precision
LCD Monitor
Nvidia graphics card

Debian Sarge 3.1

root@pnc0d0pj:/usr/src# uname -r

# ls /usr/src

aptitude show kernel-image-2.6.8
Package: kernel-image-2.6.8
New: yes
State: installed
Automatically installed: no
Version: examplerev01
Priority: optional
Section: base
Maintainer: Unknown Kernel Package Maintainer <>
Uncompressed Size: 45.2M

Description: Linux kernel binary image for version 2.6.8.
Package: kernel-source-2.6.8
State: installed
Automatically installed: no
Version: 2.6.8-16sarge4
Priority: optional
Section: devel
Maintainer: Debian kernel team <>
Uncompressed Size: 35.1M
Depends: binutils, bzip2, coreutils | fileutils (>= 4.0)
Description: Linux kernel source for version 2.6.8 with Debian patches

Tar Ball
nvidia-graphics-drivers-1.0.7174.orig (

jstephens84 08-03-2006 03:31 AM

I just got my Nvidia graphics card up and running. Here is how I did it all.


apt-get install kernel-headers-`uname -r`
Second: I used synaptic to install the kernel source for sarge(I could not get it installed with apt-get)


cd /usr/src
tar -jxvf kernel-source-2.4.x.x.tar.bz2
ln -s /usr/src/kernel-source-2.4.x.x 2.4.x. ( I think mine was 2.4.27)


apt-get install nvidia-glx
Fifth: Downloaded Nvidia Driver from Here


chmod 755

That should get the nvidia driver that supports 3d acceleration going. Now to change your Screen Settings.


cd /etc/X11
vi XF86Config-4

Locate the Section that says Screen. Then Check the Default Depth. What ever that setting is locate the corresponding entry and press i to insert. now just type in the following


Your line should now say something like this.

"1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

press esc then hit :wq to write and quit Then reboot and you should be up and going.

HappyTux 08-03-2006 10:18 AM


Originally Posted by jstephens84
I just got my Nvidia graphics card up and running. Here is how I did it all.


apt-get install nvidia-glx

Pretty much any post I have seen by the Nvidia Corporation support people on the nvnews website says not to install that package when using their drivers and if installed use the --purge option when uninstalling. Might I suggest this page using either the module-assistant method or pre-built packages if running a Debian kernel.

rz5qk2 08-07-2006 07:16 AM

nvidia drivers
Ok, it's up! Thanks for you assistance!:D

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