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Old 09-19-2004, 09:47 PM   #1
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Installing NVIDIA drivers

There is almost too much information on this topic and I'm getting lost.

I have a GeForce 4 MX (440 I believe) and am running Debian-woody Linux.
I have downloaded and compiled the linux kernel.
I have downloaded and even extracted the file from the NVIDIA Linux drivers page.
I have 'linked' (correct term?? 'ls -s') /usr/src/linux- to /usr/src/linux.
I have 'linked' (correct term?? 'ls -s') /usr/bin/gcc-2.95 to /usr/bin/gcc.

Upon running the installer program it tells me that the gcc-version-check failed, that the version of gcc used to compile the kernel is different from the version of gcc used to compile the Nvidia stuff.

'cat /proc/version' produces version
'gcc -v' produces version 2.95

What do I need to do to allow the installation program to run?

Thank you for any help you can provide.
Old 09-19-2004, 10:06 PM   #2
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I had to do this once on Slackware............

"hack" the makefile...........

in one of the lines where it looks for the Gcc version, I included:


and re-ran the driver and it gave no other problems........
Old 09-19-2004, 10:11 PM   #3
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I've never had to symbolically link the gcc version. Woody is very much out of date and the fact that you compiled and installed the kernel means that you had to update a whole host of things. I'd suggest going ahead and upgrading gcc to the testing verion (currently 3.3.4 I think), and recompiling the kernel. I upgraded from 2.4.26 to 2.6.7 and I installed the Nvidia driver with no problem, but I am running Debian Sarge with lots of Sid packages added. By the way, I wrote step by step what I did to upgrade the kernel here:


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