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Old 03-21-2009, 08:49 AM   #1
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Problem installing nvidia 5200 fx drivers on debian


So i'm having trouble with video drivers (my card- nvidia gefore 5200 fx) ,i have tried to install drivers ,but it occured problem ,it was saying that my kernel is bad ,so any suggestions?
 
Old 03-21-2009, 09:01 AM   #2
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Hi, more info about your hardware please (post the output of lspci), which distro are you using? The exact error would also be nice.
My first suggestion would be to check if your kernel headers are installed.
 
Old 03-21-2009, 09:35 AM   #3
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Heh

I have linux Debian distro (4.0 v)
Error- "No matching precompiled ,kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site ;this means that the installer will need to compile interface for your kernel" ,something bad with kernel?

I'am newbie so i have a few questions:
1)What the output of ispci is?
2)What kernel header is and how do i check them and how can i fix them?

what should i do?
 
Old 03-21-2009, 11:00 AM   #4
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Hi,

that error is quite normal : the installer looks for a precompiled module on the internet, can't find one, so it tells you it'll have to compile one. The thing is, does the installer continue?Does it throw any other errors at you? There's nothing wrong with the kernel.

1) nothing more complex than running lspci in a terminal (console). If you don't yet have a GUI, I'd recommend running "lspci >> output" this way you'll print the output directly into a file (called output), which you can then copy anywhere, access in any text editor and copy/paste easily. btw : l = lowercase L It provides the complete list of PCI preripherals...
2) Headers might also be called sources I guess, it provides the files necessary for compiling modules. You can obtain (install) them by running apt-get linux-sources (or any combination of linux/kernel-sources/headers , to search for a package, just run 'apt-cache search <package name> '
 
Old 03-21-2009, 11:07 AM   #5
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The installer is telling you that the only way it can proceed is to build a suitable driver for you from sources. It should happen automatically. If not, you probably don't have the needed tools on your system to build it, and in that case you can install what you need with this command:

apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Note that you have to be root, or use the sudo command, for the above command to succeed. To see the packages installed on your system, you can run 'dpkg -l build-essential' and 'dpkg -l linux-headers-$(uname -r)' and see that they have 'ii' written next to them which means that they are installed.

There is some more info here:
http://linuxinside.blogspot.com/2008...a-drivers.html
 
Old 03-21-2009, 11:14 AM   #6
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1) The "Nvidia driver" is in two parts, a 'kernel module'
and a diver for X, which is the base of the Desktop GUI.

So to compile the kernel module, you will need the kernel-headers :
# apt-get install linux-kernel-headers ( or use 'Synaptic' )

But why not get it all with the package manager :
> > Synaptic > "Search" .. nvidia .. > >
look for 173.14.09..., which is the part for FX 5200,
and 'nvidia-glx' being the X part.
Install it and use it.
You may want 'nvidia-xconfig' too.

2) LSPCI = list PCI, > > the command 'lspci' ( will show some info
about your hardware )
And no need to show it here, we know 'FX 5200'

3) Header means "headline" and are small text files ( file.h )
used by compiling the source code ( file.c ).
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P.S.: The correct package name for Debian Etch is still
linux-kernel-headers
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Last edited by knudfl; 03-21-2009 at 11:20 AM.
 
Old 03-21-2009, 12:32 PM   #7
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Woho ,sucesfully installed drivers ,thank for help

Last edited by NightLeech; 03-21-2009 at 01:27 PM.
 
  


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