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Old 09-02-2006, 12:22 AM   #1
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Help me Please!!! CANT INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVERS


Hi, i have been using SuSe Linux 10.1 for a couple of weeks now...and i'm having lots of trouble installig Nvidia Graphic Card Drivers....it says i must log in as root...which i have done..by typng in init 3 at the command console...then put my username and password in...i change the dir to where i have the Nvidia Drivers..by using the cd command...then i try to run the drivers by typing sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8762-pkg2.run...then i get an ERROR saying Nvidia-Installer must be run as root....am i doing something wrong? am i not on the correct level? it does say leve 3..but i still get the ERROR...the Graphic i have is a Geforce 6 6600 LE 256meg
 
Old 09-02-2006, 12:36 AM   #2
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execute whomai

if it is not user root then

su
<root password>

NOTE: Runlevel does not dictate user.

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Old 09-02-2006, 12:43 AM   #3
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whats whomai? i am very to to Linux and i haven't come across that command before...

i did try to type in su and password...but it told me command not found...so i changed dir... back to my home dir and still told me command not found...and also i couldn't change to anyother level..i tryed changing back to level 5 and i couldn't
 
Old 09-02-2006, 12:47 AM   #4
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whats whomai? i am very to to Linux and i haven't come across that command before...

i did try to type in su and password...but it told me command not found...so i changed dir... back to my home dir and still told me command not found...and also i couldn't change to anyother level..i tryed changing back to level 5 and i couldn't

whoami displays the current user

man whoami (gives detailed information) man=maual

su (hit the enter button the keyboard) when prompted type in password. If you still can't get that command to work try

sudo path/to/<nVidiadirvername>
 
Old 09-02-2006, 01:00 AM   #5
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right i have restart the computer booted up to Linux...i open the command console in X windows...typed su and entered my username and password...typed init 3...whoami...told me my username...changed dir to the nvidia drivers...by the cd command...then typed in sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8762-pkg2.run....gave me an error NVIDIA-INSTALLER must be un from root...i came out by clickng ok...i have downloaded the nvidia drivers 3 times now just to be sure ,i didn't have a bad download
 
Old 09-02-2006, 01:05 AM   #6
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When you logged into the vt after going to init 3 you probably logged in as user instead of root.

When you change init levels generally all the users are logged out simply as a precaution because the primary function of init levels are to boot with certain services running (like X server, or sshd, etc.). When you log in when going into init 3 you would go ahead and log in as root.

Also, I'm not a Suse guy but I'm pretty sure that there are special procedures for installing those on a Suse machine so I would research that.

Good luck.
 
Old 09-02-2006, 01:10 AM   #7
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i have been looking around the web now for acouple of weeks now...i see alot of people with the same problem...ive tryed most of what they said..but i still just keep getting that error message...maybe it might be to do with nvidia drivers...or it could be something im overlooking
 
Old 09-02-2006, 01:14 AM   #8
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with su you DO NOT type a username. root is a user, it is the super user. If you do not have root's password, you forgot it or don't remember setting it, well you have other problems. You need to be able to access the root user (NOTE there is a difference between root directory and root user) in order to do any kind of driver updates, system wide program installations or countless other things you must be able to do this.

did you try the sudo command I gave above.

You really need to familiarize yourself with some basic linux commands, and structure. It is very hard to help you if you are not able to follow basic instruction. Maybe that should be priority over the nvidia drivers for the time being. This is not to insult you.

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Old 09-02-2006, 01:18 AM   #9
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i think i have it now...it was what bill said...i remember when i installed SuSe Linux... i remember i had to put in a root name and password and a username and password...silly me i forgot about that...thanks for your help guys
 
Old 09-05-2006, 04:04 PM   #10
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I am considering writing a piece on forum communication, do any of you mind if I quote this thread? (There are some interesting examples here.)
 
Old 09-05-2006, 04:23 PM   #11
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Go for it.
 
Old 09-12-2006, 03:31 PM   #12
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any problems anymore

One thing with Suse that i have noticed. When you download nvidi****.run into lets say home directory, you had to change the permissions of the file, lets say via konqueror by right clicking the file and checking all the right permissions.
 
Old 09-12-2006, 04:05 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by debiant
with su you DO NOT type a username. root is a user, it is the super user. If you do not have root's password, you forgot it or don't remember setting it, well you have other problems. You need to be able to access the root user (NOTE there is a difference between root directory and root user) in order to do any kind of driver updates, system wide program installations or countless other things you must be able to do this.

did you try the sudo command I gave above.

You really need to familiarize yourself with some basic linux commands, and structure. It is very hard to help you if you are not able to follow basic instruction. Maybe that should be priority over the nvidia drivers for the time being. This is not to insult you.
debiant,
The sad fact is that you are not good at writing instructions. I read through the replies. It is easy to understand how tonysuds would not have typed the correct keystrokes following your instructions. This is the "Newbie" section. You cannot expect the people who pose questions in this section to have any background in Linux. That's why they're newbies. You shouldn't be so harsh to newbies. It's not tonysuds' fault that you cannot write clearly.

Last edited by stress_junkie; 09-12-2006 at 04:11 PM.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 01:10 AM   #14
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su (hit the enter button the keyboard) when prompted type in password. If you still can't get that command to work try
I thought that those were pretty clear instructions (although I can see where misccommunication can be percieved), but if not well I was not trying to insult the user, as I stated above. I'm gruff and I'm terse at 1:15 in the morning. I was trying to help. Familiarization with key UNIX commands is far more important than getting your nVidia drivers working (which I have spent time doing).

The fact is, it is totally unneccesary for you to berate me for trying to assist. Your ability to commmunicate with me has not succeeded any better than my communication with tonysuds, which admittedly failed. Terms like "the sad fact" and "it's not <his> fault you cannot.." don't communicate anything but insult. Let's just take this as a lesson in communication and leave it at that.

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