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Old 04-14-2002, 08:28 AM   #1
Paper Boy
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Installing Drivers


Howdie Folks,
I'm new here. I'm having a problem with booting into linux. When i turn the computer on, the screen starts flashing then stops and i get this message <b>INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for five minutes</b>. I believe it is a problem with my video card, it is a nvidia geforce2, I have downloaded the drivers and burned them to a disk on another computer. How do i go about installing them on my linux system?

If you could explain this to me like I was an idiot, I would appreciate it. I would like to thank all of you in advance for helping me with my problem.


be kind.
 
Old 04-14-2002, 09:00 AM   #2
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First you want to boot to a text login, then you install the nvidia drivers by following the fine manual that nvidia have provided, (you might even want to print it out).
 
Old 04-14-2002, 09:37 AM   #3
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I am trying to follow the directions provided by Nnvidia but i don't believe it is working.

I type in:
tar xvzf NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2880.tar.gz

then i get:

tar (child): NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2880.tar.gz: cannot open: no such file or directory
tar (child): Error is unrecoverable: exitng now
tar: child returned status 2
tar: error delayed from previoius errors


Am I doing something wrong?
 
Old 04-14-2002, 10:02 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Paper Boy
tar xvzf NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2880.tar.gz

then i get:

tar (child): NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2880.tar.gz: cannot open: no such file or directory
It can't open the file, is it in the current working directory? If not, you'll need to
tar xvzf /wherever/you/downloaded/it/NVIDIA_kernel....
 
Old 04-14-2002, 10:06 AM   #5
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the drivers are on a cd. how do i install it nto the current working directory?
 
Old 04-14-2002, 10:21 AM   #6
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You don't need to.

Personally I have a 'files' directory for each user on my machine, so I would do this (as root), oh and I use slightly different syntax:
  • cd ~/files
  • tar -zxpvf /mnt/cdrom/drivers/nvidia/NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-2880.tar.gz
  • tar -zxpvf /mnt/cdrom/drivers/nvidia/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-2880.tar.gz
  • cd NVIDIA_kernel
  • make install
  • cd ../NVIDIA_glx
  • make install
  • cd /etc/X11
  • cp XF86Config-4 XF86Config-4.working
  • jed XF86Config-4
Obviously the directory where your drivers are kept will be different.

<edit>Obviously, the CD needs to be mounted first.</edit>
 
Old 04-14-2002, 07:48 PM   #7
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Thank you for all your help Thymox. I finally got it up and running. Thank you again.
 
  


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