Originally posted by snakt
ERROR: You appear to be running an X server; please exit X before installing. For further details, please see the section INSTALLING THE NVIDIA DRIVER
in the README available on the Linux driver download page at nvidia.c0m.
1) what is a X Server
2) how do i close it
3) how do i know what is running
next question i have, i downloaded alien package manager? and its in souce format, how do i re-compile it so install the package..
Some quick answers:
X is the graphical server. It's called a server not because it's this big PC in the server room, but because it 'serves' graphics to your PC.
You are trying to install a driver that your graphical user interface server (the X server) is using. Therefore you must exit the graphical mode to a console, so that X doesn't run any more.
You can do that by opening a terminal session, switching to root by typing 'su' then the root password and once you get a prompt, type 'init 3'. All these commands must be entered without the wrappping apostrophes.
So, to recap, once you get the terminal (it's like the DOS prompt box):
Warning: this will kill your graphical environment and you will see something like the old DOS mode. You need to log in, then try to re-install the nvidia driver.
If you want to get back into the graphical interface, type 'startx' and X will start
For your third question, you need to be more precise. You can see what processes are running by typing 'top' in a terminal session (also known as a shell). Hit 'q' to exit the top program.
One more thing, you seem to be quite new to Linux and that's why my post attempts to give you more info thatwould normally be needed. I don't wish to offend you.
As a word of advice, although I encourage you to try the nvidia driver installation, I feel that I should warn you that this is no small thing. Especially since you must do most of the work without the aid of a graphical environment.
That being said, good luck. This is the only way to learn Linux - getting your hands dirty.
I hope this helps.