Originally Posted by mikey6705
also on a side note does anyone know how to make it so that debian doesn't go into a gui when you boot up. it would be nice to not have to use the rescue cd :-/
Just thought That I would ask
Thanks for the input.
I will try the things bigrigdriver posted tonight.
When you restart the computer, you will get the GRUB boot menu. Instead of pressing enter to boot the system, select the OS you want to load and then press the letter "e" intead. This will allow you to "edit" GRUB's loading parameters.
Next, to boot into runlevel 3, simply put the number 3 (no quotes, no commas, nothing else) at the end of the line. For example (I use Arch, but it should be roughly the same - notice the 3 after vga-773):
# (0) Arch Linux
title Arch Linux
kernel /vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/disk/by-uuid/fc8b7aba-6411-4f67-a7a6-5a0d7f90dc85 ro quiet vga=773 3
Next, for Debian, it seems like Nvidia drivers aren't supported out of the box unless you add a repo. For me, I install the drivers from Nvidia's website. To do this, follow these directions:
Remove your nvidia-glx drivers and download the ones from Nvidia's website:
apt-get remove nvidia-glx #I would guess
If you can't download them, post your video card's exact specs and I'm sure somebody here can give you a link so you can download them in runlevel 3 with the wget command.
Do the rest here as root:
Install Nvidia requirements:
apt-get install gcc make linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential
After that, change to runlevel 3 if you aren't there already:
/etc/init.d/gdm3 stop [Change gmd3 to kdm, or whatever else if you are using them)
Press Alt+Right Directional Key if you get a blank screen instead of the terminal
Now install the nvidia:
cd /home/[Your username]/Downloads [You need to go to the directory which that file is in, so the path may change]
chmod 770 NVIDIA-Linux-*
Now, you might get the error about gcc... Don't abort the installation. Other steps are easy (if you got any errors and didn't know what to do, leave a comment), and as the last step, it will ask something regarding nvidia-xconfig... Choose yes.