Originally posted by esje
I am trying to install the NVidia drivers in an attempt to get X to work in Debian 3.0 (I think). The FAQ tells me to change the default runlevel so that the system does not start up graphically. Now I read that all runlevels from 2 to 5 are the same and indeed the system again tells me that it cannot start X. How do I change one of these runlevels into a non-graphical? I read somewhere that I should remove /etc/rc2.d/S99xdm (which is S99gdm here but that should not matter, should it?). Now I'm wondering if it's such a good idea to remove anything I don't know. I searched google and found that it's a symbolic link. Now can anyone tell me if removing such a thing is a good decision and if (and how) I can get it back once I get X to work?
Use /etc/init.d/gdm stop
from a console login at the display manager then you compile the driver, put restart on the end of the line once you have compiled and made the required changes to restart the display manager.