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Old 07-09-2007, 10:23 AM   #16
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@TheSmilingBandit: As for the installation of the official nvidia driver, I think you must have the kernel headers for your architecture installed; look in synaptic for packages labeled linux-headers* (in my case, I have two: the common header files, linux-headers-2.6.18-4, and linux-headers-2.6.18-4-686). Also, it seems the driver version you're trying to install (1.0-9755) doesn't support your graphic card, so you must get the legacy version for your GPU (see more here).

As for the error you get when trying to purge the nvidia-glx package, well, I'm not sure why are you getting this error, but maybe running dpkg --configure -a, and then trying to purge the nvidia-glx package could work? (NOTE: you must do this prior to the installation of the official nvidia driver).

Old 07-10-2007, 12:36 PM   #17
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Ah thx odiseo77, this did for me so far... lets just hope that the driver is going thru unstable fast. I want to use the debian-way, just feels better, tho.
Old 07-10-2007, 03:34 PM   #18
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Every time I reboot I have to re-run the nvidia install program and as far as I can tell it just installs the same thing that was already there. I look at the Xorg error file and it doesn't show anything that seems like it should cause any problems... whats the deal?
Old 07-10-2007, 04:34 PM   #19
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@war1025: that's the nvidia-glx package; even if you have uninstalled it, it will keep removing the official nvidia driver upon reboot, so you'll have to purge it (see my first post on the first page).
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If you're running Lenny, most likely a 2.6.21 kernel got installed. Apparently, you can't use it.
The problem is that post 2.6.18 Debian kernels have PARAVIRT_CONFIG and
nvidia does not like that.

You can either rebuild the kernel and turn that off (Note: but in that
case I had hard hangs in qemu!) *or* use the descriptions in that page
to rebuild the kbuild .deb and install nvidia so it does not mind paravirt.

You'll hit the problem both with m-a *and* the nvidia installer.
Switch back to a 2.6.18 and you should be fine.
Old 07-11-2007, 09:50 AM   #21
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I ran m-a prepare and it downloaded the header files for 2.6.21-2 and it works fine for me. I'm pretty sure it still dies every time I restart but it takes all of 2 minutes to run the nvidia script until I get around to fixing it right... So I don't know if that is accurate.

I've run both m-a and nvidia on that kernel... like right now actually.
Old 07-11-2007, 09:07 PM   #22
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A patched version of the Nvidia installer that will run on the new 2.6.21 kernel is availible.
See this page for details:
Author stresses that this is "use at your own risk".

His package:
works fine on my 2.6.21-2-686 kernel.
Old 07-11-2007, 09:58 PM   #23
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Sure it's not due to the Kernel update that was released to Lenny a few days ago? The next Kernel solves the problem of the enabling Para-Virtualization being only GPL, but the current Kernel in Lenny is for only GPL and so the Nvidia installer can't build a module.

Anyway, for that reason, I think, none of the driver sets on the Debian repos have NVidia Kernels to match this Linux Kernel version. That's why even nvidia-glx won't show up in Aptitude.

This site:

(Directly to where to download it.)

That is what I needed to use to install the NVidia driver. Just pick the one (100.14.11 for 2.6.21) that matches what you have. Then do the usual installation with ctrl-alt-F1, logon as root, /etc/init.d/kill kdm, and cd to the folder where you have the download and install it. (Make it executable before exiting X.)

This script either turns off Para-Virtualization support or removes the GPL only designation (like the 2.6.22 Kernel does), I'm not sure which. But the driver is the same latest NVidia driver so all things work the same.

I don't think the problem has anything to do with the Xorg version. It's just that the Kernel Module can't be built due to the GPL only designation of the Para-Virtualization support.


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