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Old 11-21-2007, 01:13 AM   #1
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installing nvidia drivers in a GNOME xserver

i have a nVidia GeForce2 MX/MX 400 graphics card and the correct drivers for it, the only thing is i'm not sure how i'm supposed to install them from inside a debian etch gui, i'm using GNOME as my Xserver or whatever you call it and i was wondering if anyone could help me out, for some reason it wont install from a terminal window, its telling me i need to exit my Xwindow thingy ie. GNOME, i do that and it still doesnt work
Old 11-21-2007, 03:32 AM   #2
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gnome is a desktop environment. the X server is a different thing.
if you are using the gnome login manager, see if there is an option to login to a root terminal window.
Old 11-21-2007, 04:42 AM   #3
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The nvidia driver installer from their site wont install while X is running. If you're on the login screen for GNOME then X is still running (it's needed to display the login screen).

To install the nvidia driver, end your GNOME session so you're back at the login screen. Then press ctrl+alt+F1 to get up the first terminal window and log in as root.

Stop the X server with the following command;

/etc/init.d/gdm stop
This assumes your using GDM to as your login manager.

You can now execute the Nvidia installer. Note that you'll need to have the kernel headers installed for the installer to work.

However, if you're running Debian stable then I'd recommend trying to install the drivers from the official repository. Full instruction on how to do so are here;

This can be done while X and GNOME are still running and will allow normal updates to catch any security upgrades.

Good luck.
Old 11-21-2007, 05:03 AM   #4
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thanks, i knew how to get out of GNOME, i've discovered it's a problem with my kernel version, it can't compile itself for my kernel (2.6.18-5-686)


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