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Old 03-10-2004, 01:33 AM   #1
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Installing drivers


How do I install my gfx card drivers? and some stuff for my mother board? on windows I jsut pop in the CD and it does the rest for me.... but how do I do it on linux?
 
Old 03-10-2004, 02:01 AM   #2
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the nvidia drivers for linux are here (with instructions):

http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux.html
 
Old 03-10-2004, 02:09 AM   #3
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Thank you
 
Old 03-10-2004, 02:24 AM   #4
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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 www.nvidia.com.

What the hell is this?

I get this after I run 'sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run' it loads up..then I get that error.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 03:37 AM   #5
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did you READ the documentation???

you need to boot your system into multi-user mode without X (without the GUI)...


to do that, edit your inittab file... it's located at /etc/inittab

in the file, you'll find something that looks like this:


# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by Mandrake Linux are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
#
id:5:initdefault:


what you wanna do is you wanna change the 5 to a 3 so you won't boot into a GUI...


change this:

id:5:initdefault:


to this:

id:3:initdefault:


after making the change, save and reboot... the computer will boot to the command-line... now run the nvidia installer from there...

when you're finished, change the 3 back to a 5 and reboot...

make sure you read the documentation because it tells you about a few changes you might have to do to your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file, among other things...

Last edited by win32sux; 03-11-2004 at 05:00 AM.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 03:52 AM   #6
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ok, thanks.

Last edited by /home/kyle; 03-10-2004 at 04:23 AM.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 04:59 AM   #7
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I get a permissions error when I try to edit inittab.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 06:46 PM   #8
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you need to be root to edit inittab, or any other system file...
 
Old 03-10-2004, 06:56 PM   #9
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look into that; has some instructions for mandrake

essentially, you want to go into a console, do su -, (enter root password), telinit 3 (or 1), login as root, run the nvidia installer, edit the /etc/XF86Config-4 file (get rid of Dri, GLcore and ensure glx is loading); do telinit 5 to get back to gui

*on a related note, what happened to the nvidia installer guide on the newbie forum? i can't find it on search
 
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Quote:
Originally posted by /home/kyle
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 www.nvidia.com.

What the hell is this?

I get this after I run 'sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run' it loads up..then I get that error.

...

I get a permissions error when I try to edit inittab.

Originally posted by win32sux
did you READ the documentation???
Come on! The documentation is there for a reason. I know in your other thread you find installing stuff in Linux hard, but believe me, reading the documentation helps tremendously. Do it.
 
  


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