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Old 04-10-2007, 06:55 AM   #1
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What is the best driver for a GeForce 6100 in Ubuntu?


Will this driver work?
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d..._1.0-8174.html

This is the mobo I am using:
http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/...es=1&model=332

I just installed a fresh install of Ubuntu 6.10 and none of the drivers seem to work... graphics, sound... I just need someone to tell me which drive would be best for the integrated graphics card on this motherboard.

Thru Synaptic, I installed the nvidia-glx driver and ran this command
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sudo aptitude install linux-restricted-modules-generic
then I ran
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sudo nvidia-glx-config enable
Each time I reboot, it comes up to a black screen after posting, when X should be loading.

So I thought I would try the driver listed above, from Nvidia's site. It doesn't want to install in RunLevel 1, and when I type "telinit 3" into a cmd line, it launches X.

???
 
Old 04-10-2007, 08:40 AM   #2
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The latest version of the NVIDIA driver for Linux is 9755. That is the one you want. 8174 is for cards that are no longer supported by NVIDIA; the 6100 is still being supported.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 11:29 AM   #3
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The latest version of the NVIDIA driver for Linux is 9755. That is the one you want. 8174 is for cards that are no longer supported by NVIDIA; the 6100 is still being supported.
Ok, I am sure I can find that, but can you tell me how to install it? All attempts to install it with the instructions on Nvidia's site have failed. This is what they say...

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STEP 3: Install
Type "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8174-pkg1.run" to install the driver. NVIDIA now provides a utility to assist you with configuration of your X config file. Please see Chapter 3 of the README or run 'man nvidia-xconfig' for details on usage. Instructions for those wishing to edit their X config file by hand can also be found in the README.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 11:57 AM   #4
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you should shutdown X before installing the driver by typing
init 3
then when you are asked to download kernel sources from nvidia use the sources that comes with ubuntu it should be ok!!!!
 
Old 04-10-2007, 03:06 PM   #5
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you should shutdown X before installing the driver by typing
init 3
then when you are asked to download kernel sources from nvidia use the sources that comes with ubuntu it should be ok!!!!
typing init 3 in Terminal? Or shut down X with "sudo /etc/initd/gdm stop" and then init 3 ?
 
Old 04-10-2007, 05:18 PM   #6
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Why not use Synaptic to install package "nvidia-glx". No command line hell involved. If you can boot to X then boot the recovery version in grub. Then "sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf" and edit the driver name to "nv" or "vesa". You can then boot to X and use the GUI as above in this message.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 06:48 PM   #7
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typing init 3 in Terminal? Or shut down X with "sudo /etc/initd/gdm stop" and then init 3 ?
IT really doesn't matter. Just shut down X; either mechanism you propose here will do that.

Restarting X will be a bit easier if you just stop gdm; if you do an init 3, install the drivers, then follow with an init 5, it is possible that things will be a bit messed up because services will be restarting possibly in the wrong sequence.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 07:59 PM   #8
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Why not use Synaptic to install package "nvidia-glx". No command line hell involved. If you can boot to X then boot the recovery version in grub. Then "sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf" and edit the driver name to "nv" or "vesa". You can then boot to X and use the GUI as above in this message.

Been down that road already, doesn't work.

The current driver that I have running is the VESA driver and it is what is making everything so choppy and low-res color. I have not tried the "nv" driver, but after installing the nvidia-glx driver thru Synaptic, I ran the reconfigure tool and it detected it as "nvidia" but upon re-launching GDM just a black screen comes up and it doesn't want to load X.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 08:18 PM   #9
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Ok, here are the latest results..... I got farther this time...

I exited GDM and ran init 3, then launched the .RUN file. It told me that it could not detect my Kernal source and wanted to attempt a download from ftp.nvidia.com. It tries this, but fails and asks if I want it to compile the Kernal. I tell it yes, but it fails because it says I do not have the Source Kernal package installed

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"unable to find the Kernal Source files for your currently running Kernal. Make sure you have installed the correct Kernal Source files"

Last edited by kc5hwb; 04-10-2007 at 08:20 PM.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 08:34 PM   #10
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Install package "linux-source" and you'll get the source code for the current kernel.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 09:03 PM   #11
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Ok, here are the latest results..... I got farther this time...

I exited GDM and ran init 3, then launched the .RUN file. It told me that it could not detect my Kernal source and wanted to attempt a download from ftp.nvidia.com. It tries this, but fails and asks if I want it to compile the Kernal. I tell it yes, but it fails because it says I do not have the Source Kernal package installed

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"unable to find the Kernal Source files for your currently running Kernal. Make sure you have installed the correct Kernal Source files"
That'll kill you every time. If you intend to compile...well...just about anything, you need to have the kernel source installed.

Frankly, I don't understand why most distros don't install it by default.

Make sure when you get it from your repository that you pick the source that exactly matches your running kernel.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 09:08 PM   #12
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And how do I know what Kernal I am running?
 
Old 04-10-2007, 09:14 PM   #13
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I rebooted and chose the GRUB menu and here is what is listed:

2.6.17-11-generic

2.6.17-10-386

2.6.17-10-generic


In that order. If I don't go into the GRUB menu when booting, which one does it choose by default? Seems like I should be running the 2.6.17-10-386 one, can someone confirm?
 
Old 04-10-2007, 09:16 PM   #14
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"uname -r"
 
Old 04-10-2007, 09:25 PM   #15
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"uname -r"
This returns 2.6.17-10-386

When I do a search for 2.6.17-10-386 in Synaptic, it show these 4 files...

linux-headers-2.6.17-10-386 (not installed)
linux-image-2.6.17-10-386 (installed)
linux-image-debug-2.6.17-10-386 (not installed)
linux-restricted-modules-2.6.17-10-386 (installed)
 
  


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