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Old 12-29-2005, 01:15 AM   #1
chrisrouleau
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installing nvidia on kubuntu


Hi, I'm pretty new to linux.

I have just recently installed kubuntu 5.10 running on kernel 2.6.12-9-386 and -10-386. I'm currently using -10-386, I don't know if that matters. I'm trying to install the nvidia driver I downloaded from nvidia's website. I installed it on kubuntu 5.04, and FC4 just fine but just not this one.

When I installed it the first error it through is that it couldn't find some libc development files. I used the package manager and installed all the packages with libc and dev in their names ( like I said a newb ). that didn't fix the problem. So I installed all the gcc files I could find. Now the error is throughs is gcc-version-check failed. It says that the kernal was compiled with gcc-3.4 and I currently have gcc-4.0 and that it can't build a kernal inteface module because of that.

I guess my question is, does anyone know how to install the nvidia drivers on kubuntu 5.10? Thanks for any help you can give me!

Chris R
 
Old 12-29-2005, 05:58 PM   #2
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I think you "overshot" during your upgrade rampage.

You can either downgrade gcc back to 3.4 or recompile the kernel with gcc4. I'd go for the downgrade myself but you might have to downgrade a number of packages as well.

On the other hand recompiling the kernel is not as daunting a task as you may first think. The nice thing is that you don't damage your existing one if things go pear-shaped. Allow about 2 hours for the job.

Read the Kernel Howto. This is the classical way of doing it. Debian has some special tools meant to make the process easier but I have never tried them.

Good Luck!
 
Old 01-03-2006, 12:11 AM   #3
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THanks for the tip, could you possibly point me to link for the Howto or is it on the debian site? Will it work for ubuntu / kubuntu 5.10 too? I've never recompiled a kernel before but if it will work I'd really like to try. Thanks! I'll try to find it on my own too.
 
Old 01-03-2006, 04:34 AM   #4
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Just Google for "kernel howto".

Else look on www.linuxhq.org or www.linux.org.

Make sure that you have installed the kernel source and headers. it will be in /usr/src/linux.

I would suggest that, for a first attempt, just take the default configuration. The temptation to tinker will be almost irresistible but when you start to modify the configuration you can get a "domino effect" which will only manifest itself when the new kernel does not boot! If this happens then boot "OldLinux" which will be your previous kernel.
 
  


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