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Old 01-10-2007, 10:40 AM   #1
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Nvidia VGA Driver Problems with Debian testing.

Hi ,

I have a "nvidia Geforce4 MX 440" , and I used to use SuSE. Now I migrated to Debian 4 testing. I want to install nViddia display driver on debian but when I install it , X window system can't start .

I checked the log file and there has been written hat it can not find driver with the name of "nvidia".

And I changed the xorg.conf under device section the Driver from nvidia to nv, then my X window System started up.

I must say that I didn't change xorg.conf manually and the installer changed it automatically.

Now I want to install nVIDIA display driver on debian.

I checked debian repository DVDs and found a nVIDIA driver and after installing this , I survive the same problem.

Can you tell me what I must do?

Thanks in Advance
Old 01-10-2007, 12:44 PM   #2
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Heres how I go about installing the nvidia drivers in Debian..

The key combination to kill X is CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE

In Debian gdm will automatically restart X so you need to shutdown GDM first.. (or xdm or kdm whatever the case may be.. )
I prefer the Debian way of installing the nVidia drivers using the Module assistant..
su -
/etc/init.d/gdm stop
apt-get update
apt-get install module-assistant nvidia-kernel-common
m-a update
m-a prepare
m-a a-i nvidia

apt-get install nvidia-glx

Edit your xorg.conf according to nVidias specifications.
Backup the file first
cp -p /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak

Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf: use vim, pico, or nano whatever editor you are familiar with..

* In the "Module" section, be sure that you have a line

Load "glx"

and remove or comment out any lines that refer to the "dri" or "GLCore" modules.

* In the "Device" section for your video card, be sure you have a line

Driver "nvidia"

/etc/init.d/gdm start to restart your X server
You should see the nVidia logo flash on the screen as X starts to tell you that your Drivers are working..

This information taken from

any time you do a kernel update, after you reboot you will have to run the following commands to get the nVidia module compiled for the new kernel.. should only take a minute or so to do..

m-a update
m-a prepare
m-a a-i nvidia

apt-get install nvidia-glx

Last edited by farslayer; 01-10-2007 at 12:46 PM.


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