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Old 04-20-2009, 02:46 PM   #1
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Nvidia Drivers


How do i detect which nvidia card i have.
And also how do i install the drivers for it.
Thanks
 
Old 04-20-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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What Distro are you running, so we can point you to a how-to ?

lspci <- that command should show what nvidia card you have
 
Old 04-20-2009, 03:51 PM   #3
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You can...

You can look here and read the fine print, but. as farslayer has posted, there may be an easier way if we knew what linux you have installed and for which nvidia chip the driver is needed. There are several drivers. Do you have a 32 or 64 bit installation?

http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

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Old 04-20-2009, 04:07 PM   #4
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Well from using uname -a

Linux vector 2.6.22.19

Its 64bit

For some reason i cant see what distro it actually is.
 
Old 04-20-2009, 04:33 PM   #5
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and the output of the lspci command is ?
 
Old 04-20-2009, 04:42 PM   #6
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Nvidia GeForce 6100 nForce 405

Thats what comes up
 
Old 04-20-2009, 06:17 PM   #7
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A bit of a problem...

From the information you have given, this is the driver.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d...64_180.44.html

There are instructions, and the procedure is not too difficult, but knowing which distribution would be very helpful if or as soon as problems arise.

Could it be VectorLinux? Does this look like it?

http://vectorlinux.com/screenshots

Is there no boot splash (mine is green and says openSUSE) or any other identifier as the system is starting up? What desktop does it use? Is it connected to repositories for downloading packages? Are there any names, funny signs, or logos?

Work on which Linux it is and post back.
 
Old 04-20-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
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I know mine because...

Try entering a terminal as root and using the command "init 3" which will stop the X window manager and take you to a console screen. Just above the line for your login there may be the name of your linux. The kernel you named corresponds at least to Vector 5.9.

After you log in as user, with a password if necessary, change to root or su, enter its password, and use the command "init 5" to take you back to the desktop. This is also practice for the procedure to install the driver.
 
Old 04-20-2009, 07:30 PM   #9
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Look in /var/log and see if there is a directory called installer there are some files in there that may give you some insight. In debian the file is called lsb-release it gives info like so.

Code:
DISTRIB_ID=Debian
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Debian GNU/Linux installer"
DISTRIB_RELEASE="5.0 (lenny) - installer build 20090123"
X_INSTALLATION_MEDIUM=cdrom
 
Old 04-20-2009, 08:50 PM   #10
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ye its vector not sure what version though
 
Old 04-20-2009, 08:59 PM   #11
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The version...

Did you look and find this information in console mode or where? There a are several versions of Vector 5.9, if that is what it is. Try harder.
 
Old 04-20-2009, 10:08 PM   #12
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ye its vector 5.9
 
Old 04-20-2009, 11:19 PM   #13
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Well...

1) Download the driver found in step 2 of this link to your home directory.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d...64_180.44.html


2) Open a terminal, become root (su?), and type "init 3". This
stops X.

3) At the console login, enter user name and password, then
become root, with its command (su?) and password.

4) type the command in step 3 of the link, "sh NVIDIA...run" and
press enter, after which a setup utility will run.

5) After you have made the right choices in the setup and
the utility has finished, type "init 5" and you should
find that you are back in your graphic desktop.

It would be a good idea to read this.

http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree8...DME/index.html

A brief overview of the various Vectorlinuxes is here.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=vector

You can download the latest of Vectorlinux here, as you may be running a Beta.

http://vectorlinux.com/downloads

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Old 04-21-2009, 01:22 PM   #14
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ok it basically says that i need the86 version and not 64

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