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Old 05-09-2004, 04:38 PM   #1
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Debian and X? Nvidia driver woes as well.

How do you get KDE to run after you get everything installed on a fressh install of Debian (Woody)? X does not start, and says No Device Found. I don't have internet access for Debian yet, as I have a wireless network with no chance of connecting with an ethernet card.

Also, how do you install the NVidia display driver in Debian...apparently its not as easy as with Fedora, Red Hat, and probably most other distros. I've installed the kernel source, unpackaged I supposed to make a link to it somehow?
I have ran the NVidia installer with the appropriate options for it to find the source no problem...then it warns me that the kernel was compiled with an older compiler than the one installed. Then the installer fails.
I've seen that others have had problems too, but I couldn't find an answer.


And Please no arguing about which distro is better...they all have problems, and its all about which one works the best for each individual. If someone does recommend looking at another distro for better stability and usablility as a desktop, GUI based system, please do respond, with a list of features you feel may interest me.

AND NO ONE ARGUE!!! don't be like, "???? distro is better than ??? because"

Acceptable responses are:
???? distro may interest you with ???? features
Old 05-09-2004, 10:56 PM   #2
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these commands are assuming that apt will be able to install packages from the Debian install CDs (i've never tried this myself). it would be much easier if you could get a net connection. all commands listed should be executed as root.

you don't need the kernel source, but you do need the kernel headers for your kernel to install the nvidia driver:

apt-get install kernel-headers-$(uname -r)
the $(uname -r) part of that command automatically fills in the proper kernel version to get. you need to get the nvidia binary driver from the nvidia website onto your debian system somehow now. install the nvidia driver once you have it copied over:

CC=<gcc version that kernel was compiled with, do a search to see what version woody is compiled with> sh
this should install the binary using the kernel headers that you had previously installed. i had trouble getting games to run (on a Debian Sid system) until i moved the "tls" directory:

mv /usr/lib/tls /usr/lib/tls.old
start the GDM X desktop manager:

/etc/init.d/gdm start
oh, and make sure you edit "/etc/X11/XF86Config-4" as specified in the NVIDIA readme. good luck.

Last edited by zero79; 05-09-2004 at 11:05 PM.
Old 05-10-2004, 05:51 PM   #3
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Thanks, I've kinda given up on Debian for now, and moved to Vector Linux...which looks very promising...except for a single driver issue. If anyone here has any experience installing the acx_pci or acx100_pci driver on Vector linx please help...up to now I have iwconfig up and running just not so that it displays the MAC of the router...just a bunch of 0's and this means I get nothing! Thanks
Old 05-10-2004, 05:54 PM   #4
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I have written fairly detailed instructions on how to install the Nvidia's closed-source/proprietary drivers on Debian:


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