Following your instructions I finally got the X server shut down but, naturally, the NVidia drivers still wouldn't install. Apparently I have the wrong kernel, and I need a libc development package.
After wasting time trying to get the find the libc and kernel headers on the installation disk I gave up on the job. I know the solution is to go through the various package repositories but I cannot get the machine connected to the 'net (see thread on trying to get the laptop modem to work) I have to do it by downloading packages at work and installing them from a flash drive. Obviously the only result of this is to condemn me dependency hell.
Anyway here is the install log. Any help (if only to tell me I'm wasting my time) would be appreciated.
Where can I find the "libc" development package? Going through the package manager (which shows that the likely suspects are already installed) and packages.ubuntu.com I find there is more than one package that have libc in their name but none that are just plain libc-devel.
nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Thu Mar 27 10:15:10 2008
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
precompiled interfaces : true
no ncurses color : false
query latest version : false
OpenGL header files : true
no questions : false
silent : false
no recursion : false
no backup : false
kernel module only : false
sanity : false
add this kernel : false
no runlevel check : false
no network : false
no ABI note : false
no RPMs : false
no kernel module : false
force SELinux : default
no X server check : false
force tls : (not specified)
X install prefix : (not specified)
X library install path : (not specified)
X module install path : (not specified)
OpenGL install prefix : (not specified)
OpenGL install libdir : (not specified)
utility install prefix : (not specified)
utility install libdir : (not specified)
doc install prefix : (not specified)
kernel name : (not specified)
kernel include path : (not specified)
kernel source path : (not specified)
kernel output path : (not specified)
kernel install path : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /tmp
ftp mirror : ftp://download.nvidia.com
RPM file list : (not specified)
Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you like the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel from the NVIDIA ftp site (ftp://download.nvidia.com)?
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; this means that the installer will need to compile a new kernel interface.
ERROR: You do not appear to have libc header files installed on your system. Please install your distribution's libc development package.
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions
on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
driver download page at www.nvidia.com