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Old 11-06-2006, 11:10 PM   #1
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Problem installing Nvidia drivers

During installation of the Nvidia ( drivers I get this message.

ERROR: You appear to be running an X server; please exit X before installing. For further details, please see the section INSTALLING THE NVIDIA DRIVER in the README available on the Linux driver download page at
What do I need to do here? I checked the /etc/modules file to possibly remove the current drivers but there is nothing listed there.


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Old 11-07-2006, 02:35 AM   #2
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If Ubuntu does not install the driver automatically you need to be out of X in a lower run level (1 or 3) that provides a text console only. Then the driver will install without complaining.
The selection of run levels varies from distro to distro, so some research may be needed where Ubuntu is concerned.
Old 11-07-2006, 04:22 AM   #3
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You can install the nVidia drivers using apt-get, if you like.
Old 11-07-2006, 07:31 AM   #4
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You just need to stop X. From your desktop, which I assume is Gnome if you are using Ubuntu, do ctrl>alt>F1 then once you are at the command prompt type /etc/init.d/gdm stop that should stop X. Once you have the driver installed either just reboot or type /etc/init.d/gdm start
Alternately you could just log in in safe mode, install the driver then reboot. Hope this helps.
BTW: You will need root privileges to do this.

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Old 11-07-2006, 08:27 AM   #5
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Thanks, I will try this later.


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