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By MrKrrtft at 2005-12-27 01:03

One of my pet peeves with Linux is not having the 3D Accelleration available while in Linux.  Since my Windows hard drive completely failed, working in Linux hasn't been so bad, but a couple of the games I like to play are a bit slower due to software rendering.  Below I outline the steps I took to get the nVidia drivers (1.0-8178 at the time of this writing) working with a default netinst of Debian Testing.

Get into pure console mode (runlevel 3)

  • Reboot into Recovery Mode or switch down to runlevel 3 or the equivalent
  • apt-get update
  • apt-get install binutils

Install Kernel Source

  • apt-get install linux-source-2.6.12 - replace 2.6.12 with your kernel version ('uname -a' or 'uname -r')
  • cd /usr/src
  • tar -jxvf linux-source-2.6.12
  • ln -s linux-source-2.6.12 linux

Install Kernel Headers

  • apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.12-1 linux-headers-2.6.12-1-386

Install nVidia Drivers

  • sh

Finally, Reboot to get back into X.

These are the steps that I found to work for me.  I started to do it the "Deban Way" with Debian packages, but I couldn't find nvidia-kernel-source in Debian Etch.  After experimenting with a botched Debian Testing netinst, I reinstalled with the default packages (base system, Graphical Desktop, base system config after a reboot).  X came up just fine using the 'nv' X server.From all the reading I did on the Internet there is a drawback to this method.  If you build your own kernel, or update your system and this update changes X config files you will have to do this again.  However, the only step you have to do is the last one: sh NVIDIA-Linux-X86...Please leave any suggestions in the comments at the site for the main article and I will make changes as I can.

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by Sepero on Sun, 2006-10-15 02:10
Here is the link for doing it the true "Debian Way".

by craigevil on Sun, 2006-10-15 02:45
If your running Debian Etch or Sid, Kano's Kanotix script works as well.

Download the script and run it as root.


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