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note the $ and # signs. these represent your user prompt at your terminal window; do not type these. $ means that your operating as a 'normal' user (ie a user with alot less priveledges/access to parts of the system), the # represents the root user. if you arent sure what the root user is, check it out as itll be very important! heres a link from the SlackBook
BTW, please let us know your linux distribution your running, by editing your user profile and adding it to the Distribution section. thanks
Xserver is basically the program that creates the GUI. in the nvidia readme it tells you you have to exit X first. so, either press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE to kill X and get to the console, or in a terminal window, run 'su' then 'init 1' to bring the system to single user mode, with no GUI.
after getting to the black and white console, then try agian. youll probably have to 'su' before running 'sh NV...'
so, either press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE to kill X and get to the console, or in a terminal window, run 'su' then 'init 1' to bring the system to single user mode, with no GUI.
what about inittab? did you edit it? that would be one way to do it, edit the file (as root), change the default runlevel, save, reboot, then you can start the nvidia driver installation. youll need to edit the file again and change the default runlevel back to what you had. the method i posted previously is quickest.
Maybe you could install a more recent distro that would probably have a package for the nvidia driver making it a lot easier to install. Redhat 9 was released in 2003 which in computing terms is very old.