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I downloaded the current nvidia kernel, and when I go to open it with kpackage, kpackage just freezes up. I even tried compressing the file as tar.gz and opening it that way, but when I open it that way it says that it can't find installpkg. I can install other packages, so I'm assuming I am doing something wrong.
I'm not talking about the .run file, I'm talking about the kernel. The run file won't install until you install the kernel. I have the kernel and the .run file downloaded and transfered to my computer.
I know I have to log out of x to use the .run file but that is not my problem.
The nvidia installer produces /var/log/nvidia-installer.log. If you can't provide any better info then maybe post that file so we aren't playing as many guessing games. All you need to do is install the source (or at least the headers) for the kernel you're running. Debian is stupid so I'm not sure exactly but try this, maybe you'll get lucky.