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Old 07-17-2007, 05:51 AM   #1
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Nvidia drivers Geforce Fx 5700

Im having problems installing nvidia drivers to my Geforce 4 FX 5700 card, i have a SUSE Enterprice Desktop 10.1 and Debian 4.0 installed in the same PC, it works in Suse but not in Debian.
1. I run the drivers sh /path/to/driver/
2 Message saying i have no Kernel module
3 Ask if i want to download one from nvida, cant do that right now so i answer no
4 wants to compile a kernel module from source code
Now comes what differs Suse from Debian
Suse can compile from source code, while Debian says "file /usr/src/<linuxsourcecatalog>/include/version.h is missing, source not configured", i have the default kernel that ships with Debian 4.0 Etch stable, thanks in advance
Old 07-17-2007, 08:12 AM   #2
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You probably havent got the source code for the kernel installed. Might possibly be enough with the kernel headers.

If you have a graphical package manager (not sure what it would be called in debian) try searching for kernel. You should find a package for the headers.
Old 07-17-2007, 09:15 AM   #3
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You also need to download the nvidia linux driver from .
This tool automatically builds, installs, and configures the hardware/driver.
Old 07-17-2007, 10:05 AM   #4
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When installing video drivers, you are actually installing a kernel module, so it looks for your current kernel configuration. I never use debian so I wouldn't know if it provides the kernel configuration. You may have to get the kernel sources and configure and compile it yourself.
Old 07-17-2007, 10:16 AM   #5
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Or use the command
apt-get kernel-source
as root.


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